Easy Crockpot Meatballs

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Craving a hearty and flavorful meal without the hassle of constant kitchen monitoring? Look no further than these amazing crock pot meatballs! This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or lazy Sundays, offering a delicious and satisfying dinner with minimal effort.

Ingredients:

Crockpot Meatballs with Grape Jelly Sauce
Crockpot Meatballs with Grape Jelly Sauce

1 pound ground beef (or a combination of ground beef and pork)

  • ½ cup breadcrumbs (plain or Italian seasoned)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • ½ cup tomato sauce

  • Instructions:

    1. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper.
    2. Moisten the Mixture: Add the beaten egg and stir until well incorporated.
    3. Incorporate Meat: Add the ground beef (and pork, if using) to the bowl and mix gently with your hands until just combined. Don’t overmix, as this can lead to tough meatballs.
    4. Shape the Meatballs: With wet or oiled hands, roll the meatball mixture into uniform balls, approximately 1-inch in diameter.
    5. Prepare the Crock Pot: In your crock pot, combine the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce.
    6. Nestle the Meatballs: Gently add the formed meatballs to the crock pot, ensuring they are submerged in the sauce.
    7. Cook on Low: Cover the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the meatballs are cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C).
    8. Serve and Enjoy: Once cooked, serve the meatballs with your favorite dipping sauce (optional), pasta, mashed potatoes, or rice.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, based on 8 meatballs)

    Calories: 300

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 450mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 25g

  • Conclusion

    These crock pot meatballs are a lifesaver for busy weeknights. They are incredibly easy to prepare, require minimal supervision, and deliver a comforting and delicious meal. With endless serving options, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use ground turkey instead of beef?

    Absolutely! Ground turkey is a great leaner option for these meatballs. You may want to adjust the cooking time slightly, as turkey cooks faster than beef.

    2. What if I don’t have breadcrumbs?

    Crushed crackers or rolled oats can be substituted for breadcrumbs in a pinch. Use about ½ cup of either substitute.

    3. How can I make these meatballs gluten-free?

    Use gluten-free breadcrumbs or crushed gluten-free crackers. Additionally, double-check the labels of your tomato sauce and diced tomatoes to ensure they are gluten-free.

    4. Can I add vegetables to the crock pot with the meatballs?

    Yes! Chopped vegetables like carrots, celery, or bell peppers can be added to the crock pot with the sauce for extra flavor and nutrition.

    5. How can I thicken the sauce for the meatballs?