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.