Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

Super Tender Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs. Loaded with Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley and garlic. They melt in your mouth and are incredibly tender. Simmered low and slow for 4 hours!

Slow-Cooker-Italian-Meatballs

Who doesn’t love meatballs? Especially when they are cooked low and slow in a slow cooker. They are easy to make, versatile and can be made in advance and frozen for quick weeknight meals.

Rich, meaty, hearty and comforting. The perfect meal for busy weeknights or Sunday dinner.

This recipe makes enough to serve 6-8 people and always leaves tons of leftovers.

Super Tender Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

You will need a little bit of prep time to throw the meatballs together. The most time consuming part of this recipe is forming the meatballs.

As for the meat I use a blend of beef and pork. I always steer clear of the lean meat when I am making meatballs.

It’s important to sear the meatballs before adding them to the slow cooker. This helps to keep the juices inside. I brown the meatballs under the broiler on a sheet tray to get a nice caramelization on the outside. Toss them in the slow cooker and throw in some crushed tomatoes.

Italian Crockpot Meatballs

A quick tip for making your meatballs: Do not over mix. I combine the ingredients with my hands just until it’s combined. That’s it. When you portion the meatballs they tend to get a little sticky. I recommend wetting your hands with water before you start rolling out your meatballs.

This recipe makes tons of meatballs. Freeze the extras for a quick weeknight meal.

All you have to do is boil some pasta and dinner is served! Serve as a meatball sandwich or on a pile of spaghetti.

Tender Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

The sauce is super simple as well. Simmering the sauce low and slow for 4 hours makes the sauce super thick, rich and loaded with flavor. I add some crushed red pepper flakes, italian seasoning and bay leaves for extra flavor.

Serve with a big pile of spaghetti and dig in!

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Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

4.84 from 42 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6 About 24 meatballs
Super Tender Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs. Loaded with Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley and garlic. They melt in your mouth and are incredibly tender. Simmered low and slow for 4 hours!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 24 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • basil for serving if desired
  • parmesan cheese for serving if desired

Instructions

  1. Add beef, pork, onion, garlic, parsley, breadcrumbs, eggs and cheese to a large bowl. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until combined.
  2. Form into 1 or 2 inch meatballs. I made 24 meatballs.
  3. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Broil meatballs on high until browned on each side. About 4-5 minutes on each side.
  4. Add meatballs to slow cooker.
  5. Top with crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaves, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning.
  6. Cook on low for 4 hours.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm with basil or parmesan cheese for serving, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Original recipe from chefsavvy.com. Please do not publish my recipe or pictures without linking back to the original post. Thank you!

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 527 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 169mg56%
Sodium 520mg23%
Potassium 512mg15%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 345IU7%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 174mg17%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

 

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  • Stephanie

    I made these meatballs today for a Buffalo Bills game #Billsmafia and they were AMAZING!!!! I made 2 crockpots worth and everyone loved them so much I barely have any left!!! The only thing i did differently was I sauteed my onions and garlic before I mixed them with everything. Great recipe and will definitely be used again!!!

  • Stephanie

    Even on a greased cookie sheet these fell apart when I tried to flip them to brown the other side. 🙁
    I will have to start over and will chill the next batch before broiling.

    • Hi Stephanie,

      I’m so sorry to hear this! Sometimes it helps to have damp hands when rolling too.

      Hope this helps! Thanks!

      Kelley

  • Debra Anderson

    I never leave comments, but on this recipe I had to.
    Best meatballs I had in a long time.Tasted just like my Mom’s.

  • Anita Morgan

    I use a cookie scoop or ice cream scoop to help form the balls and for size consistency 🙂

  • Lucy ang

    Hi. I just finished getting everything prepared in the lining of my slow cooker (in the refrigerator) to cook tomorrow morning. When I come back from work I love cook spaghettis. I’ll see what my family think of your recipe. Thank you for such clear instructions. Best. Lucy.

  • Lucy ang

    Hi. I just finished getting everything prepared in the lining of my slow cooker (in the refrigerator) to cook tomorrow morning. When I come back from work I’ll cook spaghettis. I’ll see what my family think of your recipe. Thank you for such clear instructions. Best. Lucy.

  • Bob

    I have made this before i did broil the meatballs but tonite im pressed for time if i cook them on high how long should it take. Btw this is the best recipe i added veal with the meat. Stuck to the rest of recipe worked out great.

    • Nathan

      If you don’t have time for the slow cooker you can always bake them in the oven. Bake for about 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees. Or until a thermometer reads 160 inside. They will not have the same texture as if they were cooked slowly in the crock pot but they should still taste delicious! Hope this helps.

      Nathan

  • Pamela

    I am making them for a potluck and we don’t eat pork. Do you think it would be good with ground turkey and beef or all beef?

    • Hi Pamela!

      You could do all beef or all ground turkey. They would both be great substitutes.

      Thanks & Enjoy!

      Kelley

  • Diane

    Wow! These slow cooker meatballs are amazing. I followed your recipe with no changes and it was a bit hit. They full of flavor, tender and melt in your mouth!!! My husband literally could not get enough. I made a double batch and frozen half of it for enjoyment the following weekend. It was just as perfect. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  • Kayla Hall

    I browned these and then froze them as I had made too many for my crockpot. I want to thaw them and use them in spaghetti. Are they safe to eat after being thawed and then cooked?

  • Mary

    I find if you add a 1/3 of a cup of milk in the mixture it keeps them from drying out after being frozen

  • Lorna

    Hi. My son is very allergic to eggs. Do you have substitute item you recommend?

    • Hi Lorna,

      There are a couple different options. You could add some oats as a binder or soak some cubed bread in milk to act as a binder as well.

      I hope that helps! Thank you!

      Kelley

  • Fal

    I am making this for about the 6th time and my family can’t get enough of them. I even sometimes make them with ground turkey only and still same reactions.

    We like to serve them on hoagie rolls w a slice of provolone!

    • Nathan

      Hi Falon,

      I’m so glad you have made this recipe a part of your family’s rotation! That means a lot to Kelley and I. Thank you!

      Nathan
      @chefsavvy

  • Maricon

    This is the best meatballs recipe! My boyfriend loves it. I can’t get enough of the meatballs. Thanks..

    • Nathan

      Thanks Maricon!

      We appreciate the comment!
      Have a great day!

      Nathan
      @chefsavvy

  • Bruce

    Thank you for the recipe, it’s great. I prepared this for the first time yesterday – no changes. Everyone in the family loved it!

  • tammy numerosi

    I just made this recipe and dident even look at it first..lol I’m excited to taste it. I doubled it since I have a large Crockpot. I also have two men that eat alot. It will be for tomorrow also. I added link Italian sausage to it too.

  • Tammy

    One of the best meatballs I’ve ever had and super easy to make. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us.

    • Nathan

      Hi Tammy,

      That is so nice of you to say! Thank you!

      Nathan
      @Chefsavvy

  • Gabbey

    Tonight will be my first attempt at fully home made meatballs in a Crock-Pot. Although, it’s hot out so I might brown them in a frying pan to avoid heating up the house with the oven, this sounds so super easy and yummy!! Can’t wait to try it ?

    • Nathan

      Hi Gabbey,

      Thank you so much for trying it! I hope it went well! Thank you for your comment!

      Nathan

  • Louise Savoy

    Your recipes look delicious but I wish you would put the nutrition facts with them.

    • Nathan

      Hi Louise,

      Sorry about that, Here are the nutrition facts Nutrition Facts
      Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs
      Amount Per Serving
      Calories 527 Calories from Fat 324
      % Daily Value*
      Fat 36g55%
      Saturated Fat 14g88%
      Cholesterol 169mg56%
      Sodium 520mg23%
      Potassium 512mg15%
      Carbohydrates 15g5%
      Fiber 1g4%
      Sugar 2g2%
      Protein 34g68%
      Vitamin A 345IU7%
      Vitamin C 4mg5%
      Calcium 174mg17%
      Iron 4mg22%
      * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

      I hope you enjoy! Thank you for commenting!

      Nathan

  • Steph G

    I just made these! Delicious, a big hit! Didn’t broil because I’m currently in a vacation rental condo. I just pan fried, browning meatballs on all sides. Very tender, very delicious. Will be adding chiffonade fresh basil when I serve. Thank you! You’re helping make my vacation spectacular for me and my family!!!

    • Nathan

      Hi Steph,

      I’m so glad you were able to make these on vacation! Thank you so much for your comment!

      Nathan

  • Roxanne Speer

    I’d like to make these the night before my event, leave them raw and in the frig. Would that affect the texture or taste?
    Thanks!

  • Steph

    Fabulous meatballs. I made them for a big family get together. I had multiple guests get the recipe and make it for themselves at home. I also love the ease of this recipe. Can’t recommend this recipe enough!

    • Nathan

      Hi Steph,

      Thank you so much for for making and sharing this recipe! It means a lot, and we greatly appreciate it!

      Nathan
      @chefsavvy

  • Ashley

    Can you double the sauce recipe? My family is a saucy family that loves extra sauce to dip bread in 🙂

    • Nathan

      Hi Ashley,

      You can, as long as you have a big enough crock pot, it might be kind of a tight fit. The recipe it pretty saucy but as a fellow sauce lover I say go for it! You can always freeze the extra.
      I hope you have a great day!

      Nathan