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Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

This Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs recipe makes a family favorite Italian-American main dish even easier by making it in the slow cooker.
Course Beef, Main Dishes
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Crockpot Meatballs, Italian Meatballs, Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 125kcal
Author Michele @ Flavor Mosaic

Ingredients

  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper optional
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 28 ounces marinara sauce

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add ground beef and all ingredients (except marinara sauce). Combine all ingredients until the meat mixture has all ingredients evenly distributed.
  • Heat broiler to high. Move rack to 4 or 5 inches from broiler. Cover baking sheet with foil, and spray with cooking spray.
  • Using your hands, shape the meat into about 1 to 2-inch sized meatballs, and place onto foil-covered baking sheet.
  • Broil meatballs for 3 to 4 minutes. Then turn them and broil for about another 3 minutes, until browned.
  • Spray a slow cooker with cooking spray. Place meatballs in the bottom of a slow cooker. Spoon marinara sauce over the top of the meatballs.
  • Cover and cook on low for about 4 hours.
  • Serve meatballs hot on top of pasta, or on a submarine sandwich, or by itself as an appetizer.

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 529mg | Potassium: 461mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 413IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg