This slow cooker recipe combines flavored tomatoes, Italian-style meatballs and pepper strips. You can just walk away until it's time to cook the pasta.

Recipe Summary

additional:
4 hrs 15 mins
total:
4 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Spray inside of large slow cooker with cooking spray. Combine undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, meatballs and pepper strips in slow cooker. Cover; cook on LOW 4 hours or until meatballs are hot and peppers are tender.

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  • Meanwhile, cook penne according to package directions. Drain. Stir meatball mixture to mix well. Serve sauce and meatballs over pasta; top with cheese.

Cook's Tips

When storing leftovers, spray the insides of plastic storage bags before putting your food inside. Your leftovers will come out cleanly and intact.

Nutrition Facts

376 calories; protein 20.9g; carbohydrates 52.3g; fat 10.4g; cholesterol 53.3mg; sodium 839.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2014
For something so simple it tasted wonderful! I used a can of Hunt's Meat Sauce and a can of diced tomatoes 1 bell pepper and probably a pound of frozen meatballs. I also added a package of the thick sliced mushrooms. Cooked on hi for about 3 hours low for 2. I made penne pasta and mixed it in. Fantastic flavor just right for us. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2014
Delicious - and this was so easy to put together! Definitely a "fix it and forget it" kind of meal that's perfect for when you don't want to heat up the oven. I used a 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes and added a jar of marinara sauce along with the tomato paste. Instead of frozen bell pepper strips I used two fresh bell peppers cut into small strips along with a thin sliced onion. I uppped the spices a little bit added a pinch of red pepper flakes a splash of wine and a Tbsp. of brown sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. Since I'm not a huge fan of frozen meatballs I used "Starr's Savory Meatballs" from this site. I let this go on high for one hour and another six hours on low. Perfect with a garden salad warm bread and a glass of wine! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2014
For something so simple it tasted wonderful! I used a can of Hunt's Meat Sauce and a can of diced tomatoes 1 bell pepper and probably a pound of frozen meatballs. I also added a package of the thick sliced mushrooms. Cooked on hi for about 3 hours low for 2. I made penne pasta and mixed it in. Fantastic flavor just right for us. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2015
This was so easy and delicious and using Pam cooking spray made clean up a breeze too! I used Safeway Italian Meatballs and I also used fresh peppers. 1 green pepper sliced 1 red pepper sliced and 1 small onion sliced. I added a lot of extra seasoning....parsley basil oregano Herbs de Provence red pepper flakes garlic salt and salt and pepper to taste. I cooked mine on high for 3 hours and it turned out perfect. I served mine over mini farfalle pasta because I had some to use up. This took me less than 10 minutes to throw together and yielded some great results! Thanks for sharing!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2014
We all LOVED this! This took absolutely no time to put together but the finished product tasted like you spent some time making it. I don't care for store bought frozen meatballs so I used 'Meatball Nirvana' recipe from this site and had them in the freezer ready to go. Using the frozen peppers and onions saved a lot of prep time which is awesome when you're in a hurry but still want a nice dinner. Also using PAM(R) cooking spray made clean up a breeze...a BIG plus in my book! I served this over whole grain penne for a nice healthy meal but I know the meatballs and peppers would be wonderful in a sandwich too! I did cook mine on low for 5 hours but that was my only change. If you have a favorite pasta sauce you can even use that in place of the diced tomatoes/tomato paste which is what I plan to try next time. All in all this was a HUGE hit and a definite keeper YUM YUM YUM!!!!! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/28/2015
Good recipe. Leftovers can be served on rolls as meatball hoagies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2017
I made this as written. It was really good! It doesn't get much easier than this! Everybody loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2015
I have to admit we didn't expect this to be very flavorful - Boy were we wrong! This recipe is definitely a keeper! I followed the recipe exactly except he that I added a spoonful of minced garlic (we love it) and a dash of red pepper flakes. You definitely need more penne if you intend to serve the whole pot at once but the leftovers heat up marvelously for hoagies. Thanks Pam! This super easy dinner will go into our regular rotation. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2015
What a great idea to use Pam in the slow cooker. Clean up was a breeze and this dish was great! I made my own meatballs and used fresh green peppers I seared in a pan before. Wonderful and easy! Will make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2015
What an easy meal to put together! I couldn't find the frozen peppers at the grocery store so I used fresh. I came in from an errand and had exactly 4 hours until my husband would be home for dinner. This turned out great! Read More
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