Slow-Cooker Spaghetti with Meatballs Florentine
Why This Recipe Works
This healthy twist on classic spaghetti and meatballs features tender, lean meatballs made ultraflavorful with a mixture of spinach, garlic, and Parmesan and a robust marinara to which we also added fresh spinach. Rather than add raw meatballs to the sauce in the slow cooker, we gave them a quick spin in the microwave first to help them firm up. For our marinara, we needed three tomato products to achieve the right balance of flavor and texture: chunky crushed tomatoes, smooth tomato sauce, and rich tomato paste. Stirring in more spinach at the end kept it bright and created a colorful, healthy, and delicious sauce to accompany our modern take on classic meatballs.