Slow Cooker Bison Meatballs and Whole Grain Spaghetti

by Jennifer on April 27, 2011

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Kur-Plop. bounce, bounce, bounce. sauce splattered, mom annoyed. pure fun. You know what I am talking about right? Go ahead. I will wait while you sing. ‘On top of old smokey…..all covered with cheese:

On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table,
And on to the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.

Are you done? You can’t help it and neither could I. As a child, my mom made spaghetti and meatballs frequently. It is a classic, dependable and inexpensive meals to make. So, when I came home with some ground Bison the other day, my mom requested meatballs and then we ended up talking about the song ‘On top of old smokey’, the kids were intrigued and so I whipped out the slow cooker and created a reliable bu amazingly delicious meal.

Serve with a side of greens (broccoli, salad etc. you get the drift). You just might be crowned a hero for serving this meal.



Do you consider spaghetti and meatballs a comfort food?

HeatherChristo April 27, 2011 at 11:44 am

Oh- this looks so good! I love spaghetti and meatballs- thanks for the healthy alternative!

kat April 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Now there is a great healthy take on a classic

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I’m gonna have to try slow cooker meatballs again sometime. My first attempt turned into meat sauce because I tried to stir to make room for more meatballs – oops! Thankfully hubs loved it anyway.

Jennifer April 27, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I was not going to bother browning the meatballs but then my mom told me your have to or else they will fall apart. Go Mom!

Barbara @ Barbara Bakes April 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm

It looks great. I haven’t tried bison yet. Was it a big flavor difference? I definitely consider it comfort food.

Peg April 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I wish I could get bison around where I live but its not available anywhere. Maybe I could try this using ground turkey. It just looks so good and healthy.

Jennifer April 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Peg, try asking your store butcher if he could get some. I asked our local stop & shop and now they sell out each week.

Kristin September 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm

For an even healthier (and less carb) treat… try putting it over baked spaghetti squash…. YUM… 🙂

Jennifer September 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm

That would be tasty Kristin!

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