Healthy Eating for Truck Drivers: Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

Think pasta can’t be done in the cab of a truck? Think again!

Today we’re featuring a pasta recipe that’s made in a common trucker cooking appliance — a slow cooker.

This is a great meal to start in the morning and let cook while you’re driving for the day. When you stop for the night, you have a hot meal that tastes like home.


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 16-ounce package frozen, fully cooked meatballs
  • 1 26-ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 and 1/3 cups water
  • 2 handfuls whole wheat spaghetti pasta, broken into pieces


Place chopped onions in slow cooker. Top with meatballs and diced tomatoes. Add spaghetti sauce and stir gently. Add water to spaghetti sauce jar and add to slow cooker.

Cover and cook sauce on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 3.5 hours until onions are tender and meatballs are hot.

Stir again, then add broken whole wheat spaghetti. Stir, and make sure the spaghetti noodles are covered by the liquid. Cover and cook on high for 20-25 minutes. Serve immediately.

Healthy eating for truck drivers isn’t difficult if you have the drive (and a few choice appliances) to eat healthy on the road! Have recipes you make in the truck often? Share them with us in the comments below!

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Amanda is a former digital communications coordinator and frequent blogger for the, a website focused on truck driver health initiatives. Our mission is to encourage truck drivers to embrace a healthier lifestyle by providing both expert advice and real world experiences. Let us be your co-driver on the road to a healthier, happier life!