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Slow-Cooked Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Slow-Cooked Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

I first sampled this spaghetti sauce at my sister-in-law's and had to have the recipe. After all these years, I still think it's about the best I've ever tasted. —Jackie Grant, Vanderhoof, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours YIELD:20 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely chopped onion, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pounds ground turkey or beef
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  • 1 can (46 ounces) tomato juice
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup onion, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown meatballs with remaining onion.
  • 2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker; add the tomato juice, tomatoes, tomato sauce, celery, bay leaves and garlic. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaves. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: 20 servings (about 4-1/2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 135 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 550 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 13 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.