• 5 Ratings
Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
slow-cook:
8 hrs to 10 hrs (low) or 4 to 5 hours (high) plus 20 minutes (high)
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Finely chop one-third of the onion; thinly slice the remaining onion. In a large bowl, combine chopped onion, egg, dried tomato, bread crumbs, and 1 teaspoon of the Italian seasoning. Add ground beef; mix well. Shape into 12 meatballs. In a large skillet, cook meatballs in hot oil over medium-high heat until brown on all sides. Carefully drain off fat. Transfer meatballs to a 4 1/2- or 5-quart slow cooker.

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  • Meanwhile, cut off and discard upper stalks of fennel. If desired, reserve some of the feathery leaves for garnish. Remove any wilted outer layers; cut off a thin slice from fennel base. Cut fennel into thin wedges; add to cooker. Add sliced onion, the remaining 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, broth, the water, garlic, and pepper.

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  • Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

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  • If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Gently stir in uncooked pasta. Cover and cook for 20 to 30 minutes more or until pasta is tender.

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  • Stir in spinach. If desired, garnish each serving with the reserved fennel leaves.

Nutrition Facts

283 calories; total fat 10g; saturated fat 3g; polyunsaturated fat 1g; monounsaturated fat 5g; cholesterol 83mg; sodium 515mg; potassium 372mg; carbohydrates 26g; fiber 3g; sugar 3g; protein 21g; vitamin a 2332IU; vitamin c 14mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 5mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 105mcg; vitamin b12 1mcg; calcium 81mg; iron 3mg.
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Reviews

5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
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