Weeknight Slow Cooker Meals

Weeknight Slow Cooker Meals

Slow cooker meals are almost magical; you place ingredients into the pot, set the machine, and walk away. When you return tired and hungry at the end of the day, you have a delicious meal that really seems to have appeared out of thin air. Here are two tasty slow cooker meals that feature one versatile ingredient: organic frozen meatballs.

Crock Pot Tuscan Meatball Soup

When temps are cool, nothing satisfies like a warm bowl of soup. This delicious Tuscan soup is just about the easiest, most delicious thing you can make at home.


4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1/2 bag frozen Farm Rich Italian Style Meatballs

1 14.5-ounce can Italian-style diced Tomatoes

1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups chopped fresh kale

shredded parmesan cheese


  • Add the broth, diced tomatoes, and beans to your crock pot and stir.
  • Add the meatballs.
  • Cover and cook on low for 3 hours or on high for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Add chopped kale for the final 30 minutes of cooking.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with shredded parmesan cheese.

Coney Meatball Subs

Meatball subs are a fun weeknight supper that your whole family will love and making them is easy with this crockpot version of an amusement park favorite.


40 frozen Farm Rich Homestyle Meatballs, about 1 ½ pounds

1 medium onion, peeled and quartered

1 green bell pepper, seeded and quartered

1 15-ounce can pork and beans

1 can condensed tomato soup

1 envelope taco seasoning

1 Tbsp water

iceberg lettuce, torn or shredded

8 slices cheddar or pepper jack cheese

8 good-quality hoagie buns

Optional: hot sauce or hot peppers


  • Place the meatballs in a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Chop the onion and bell pepper in a food processor or blender. Add pork and beans, soup, seasoning, and water and process until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture over meatballs and then cover and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours or on high for 3 1/2 – 4 hours.
  • To make the subs, layer lettuce, 5 meatballs, and a slice of cheese on each hoagie bun and serve.
  • For a spicier variation, add chopped hot peppers or hot sauce to your sauce before cooking.

Frozen meatballs are a freezer staple. They’re nutritious, satisfying, and versatile. You’ll never be at a loss for weeknight dinner ideas when you start with a bag of frozen meatballs. So go out and pick up a bag or two of meatballs and then give one of these recipes a try this week. Your family will thank you.

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