Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs

362 Reviews 23 Pics
  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    8 h
  • Ready In

    8 h 20 m
Recipe by  HUNNIE0913

“This is an easy recipe that can be prepared in a slow cooker for a great hot meal at the end of the day. Serve with hot cooked spaghetti noodles.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 16 meatballs

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Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, garlic, onion, and egg. Shape the mixture into 16 meatballs.
  2. In a slow cooker, mix the spaghetti sauce, crushed tomatoes, and tomato puree. Place the meatballs into the sauce mixture. Cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.

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Reviews (362)

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Saveur
829

Saveur

Incredible recipe! I will never make meatballs any other way! I actually made the meat balls (added parmesan, basil and garlic powder, less breadcrumb) a couple of days ago and froze them. This morning I just mixed the spagetti sauce and a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes with juice (skipped the puree and added basil, oregano, and a couple of tablespoons of sugar to cut the acidity) and added the frozen meatballs. Cooked for about 10 hours on low. Tender, flavorful, and delicious. Plenty of delicious sauce. Thanks previous reviewers, and thanks for this great recipe submission!

ESKMom
664

ESKMom

Great idea but having experience with meatballs helps: There are WAY too many bread crumbs in this recipe! The meatball recipe I use is one pound of meatloaf mix (pork/veal/beef ground and packaged in the same package), 1/4 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs, 1/4 Parmesan cheese, season with garlic and onion powder (since my husband has textural issues with some foods!), pepper and salt. Mix this with one egg as the recipe suggests. I do, however, like the twist of cooking them in the crockpot and NOT precooking them! Awesome! The sauce was greasier than I typically like (understandably, since you don't drain the meat...) but they were a huge hit at the party I took them to. They would be FIVE stars if the ratio wasn't so off for bread crumbs to meat...

RogueOnion8
407

RogueOnion8

The meatballs were great; but, the sauce was VERY bland. Before adding the meatballs to the slow cooker I baked them on 350° in the oven for 15 minutes. This helped them retain there shape and to allow the grease to drip off. I added two additional garlic cloves but it was still bland. I would recommend finding a speghetti sauce recipe from here instead of using a store bought jar of sauce. I used Prego traditional sauce, maybe a more flavourful jarred sauce exists? Good luck! I will probably look elsewhere for an more tasty recipe.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (16 total)

  • Calories
  • 179 cal
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs
  • 18.2 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 10.6 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol
  • 40 mg
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 503 mg
  • 20%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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