These giant meatballs are simply amazing.
Because of the way the slow cooker cooks meatballs, you can make really large meatballs and serve one or two on each plate on top of a pile of spaghetti.
The combo of Italian sausage and ground beef is perfect. And you can use whatever flavor of marinara sauce you’d like – roasted garlic would be amazing, garden marinara would be amazing too.
We love spaghetti so much and I love having a slow cooker option, especially during hot summer months!
Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs
Yield – 8 servings
Preparation Time – 10 minutes
Cooking Time – 6 hours on low
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup panko crumbs
- 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp garlic, minced
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 lb. uncooked sweet Italian sausage (without casing)
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 24 oz. jar marinara sauce
- 16 oz. pasta noodles
- Fresh parsely or basil for garnish
- Fresh veggies, as side dish
- Spray your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine eggs, panko crumbs, Italian Seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, pepper, sausage, and ground beef.
- Use your hands to thoroughly combine all ingredients. Form the meat into 10 large balls, a little smaller than the size of a tennis ball. Arrange them around the bottom of your slow cooker.
- Pour the marinara sauce over the meatballs and cover with the slow cooker lid.
- Set the slow cooker on low for 6 – 8 hours, or cook on high for 4 – 6 hours.
- Prepare pasta as directed.
- Prepare fresh veggies.
- Serve Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs over pasta with veggies.
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Erin’s Personal Recommendations for Slow Cooker Supplies:
- Crockpot 6 quart Programmable Touch Screen ~ Great price for great slow cooker!
- All Clad 7 qt ~ A great slow cooker with a cast aluminum insert that can brown meat on the stove top and then go straight into the slow cooker. One dish dinner!
- Crockpot 6 quart programmable ~ Slow Cooker with WeMo, a free smartphone app.
- Instant Pot, 6 qt ~ reasonably priced instant pot, if time = money, then you need this in your kitchen.
- Slow Cooker Liners ~ because less mess equals more fun in the summer sun!
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