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Meatball Stew Crockpot with pasta, vegetables and cheese

Mom’s Meatball Stew Crockpot Recipe with Pasta

Jessica Bruno
How to make my mom's meatball stew in the crockpot with vegetables and parmesan cheese.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs 45 mins
Total Time 6 hrs
Servings 6 - 8 servings


  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 2 celery ribs chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 pkg. 24 oz frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs thawed
  • 1 beef broth carton 32 oz
  • 2 cans Italian diced tomatoes undrained (14 1/2 oz.each)
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine or additional water
  • 3/4 cup small pasta
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • Grated parmesan cheese


  • Place all ingredients in the crockpot except the pasta and spinach. Cover and cook on low until vegetables are tender (about 5-6 hours).
  • Stir in pasta and cook covered for about 15-20 minutes on high (or until pasta is tender)
  • Discard Bay Leaf and stir in spinach until wilted. Serve with cheese.


optional: we made the pasta on the stove top and added individually for each serving. (I prefer my stew with no pasta so it's easier to add separate)