Nothing says "hearty" like a big bowl of pasta, meatballs and creamy garlic broth. This delicious meatball orzo stew is made in the slow cooker, so you can just set it and forget it as you go about your day. Mini cocktail meatballs are slow-cooked alongside orzo pasta in a creamy, garlicky broth topped with grated Parmesan cheese -- now that's what you call comfort food!
The recipe below calls for premade frozen meatballs to save you time and extra steps, but you can also use your favorite homemade meatball recipe to prepare about 40 meatballs approximately 1 inch in diameter. This dish makes a mouthwatering main meal on a cold night or would be an ideal appetizer for your favorite homemade Italian dinner. Make sure you don't add the orzo too early, or it may get overcooked in the slow cooker.