Name something hearty, easy to make, crowd-pleasing and so versatile you can eat them on their own, over pasta, or in a sandwich. You guessed it. Meatballs. Crockpot meatballs to be exact. These crockpot Italian meatballs are made with a blend of ground beef and Italian sausage to give it a real Italian flair. Add in a grated cheese blend, fresh parsley, and more herbs and spices and it’s a total flavor bomb.
There are certain recipes that you need to know in life and knowing how to make crockpot meatballs is one of them! This slow cooker meatballs recipe is perfect for parties and make for easy appetizers or a nice dinner at home.
Slow-cooked to tender perfection in your crockpot with your favorite sauce, it’s a perfect meal to come home to. Crockpot meatballs are a perfect weeknight dinner served over your favorite pasta or zucchini noodles. They can also be served on rolls as a meatball sandwich or slider. Any leftovers freeze very well or you can even cut them up and use them as a homemade pizza topping later in the week!
One recipe should make about 18 meatballs, depending on their size. That gives you plenty of meals and leftover options. And one cooking tip: The broiling step here is optional if you plan to cook your meatballs on the low setting. If you are using the high setting that is recommended, don’t skip the broiling. It will help give texture to the meatballs and hold them together.
Crockpot Meatballs Ingredients
You can easily find frozen meatballs and cook them in the crockpot. But meatballs aren’t very difficult to make. Especially since you essentially take all of the ingredients, mix them together, and then just roll it into balls.
The question is, what are the ingredients for Italian meatballs? Ground beef is the base, Italian sausage adds flavor and breadcrumbs keep everything together. The rest of the ingredients continue that trend. They either add flavor or help keep things together.
In a mixing bowl, pour in the breadcrumbs and milk. Stir until all the breadcrumbs have absorbed the milk.
Add the ground beef, Italian sausage, parsley, garlic, onion, egg, grated cheese, salt, pepper and oregano to the bowl and mix until well combined.
Preheat your oven’s broiler.
Shape the meatballs using an ice cream scoop or big spoon, into about 1 inch balls. Place them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Broil the meatballs for about 8 minutes.
Place the meatballs in your Crockpot. Add the marinara sauce on top.
Cover the Crockpot and cook on high for 3-4 hours (recommended) or on low 6-8 hours.
How to Make Crockpot MeatballsCourse: Appetizers, Crockpot Recipes, Meat, Side Dish
Meatballs are like pizza, there are many different easy recipes for them but only one that can be considered the best and these crockpot meatballs are it.
1 Lb Ground Beef
1 Lb Ground Italian Sausage
3/4 Cup Breadcrumbs
1/2 Cup Milk
1/4 Cup Italian Parsley, Flat Leaf, Chopped
1 Clove Garlic, Minced
1/2 Cup Onion, Finely Chopped
1/2 Cup Grated Pecorino/Romano Cheese (Plus More for Serving)
1 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Ground Pepper
1 Tsp Dried Oregano
2 Jars of Marinara Sauce
- In a mixing bowl, pour in the breadcrumbs and milk. Stir until all the breadcrumbs have absorbed the milk.
- Add the ground beef, italian sausage, parsley, garlic, onion, egg, grated cheese, salt, pepper and oregano to the bowl and mix until well combined.
- Preheat your oven’s broiler.
- Shape the meatballs using an ice cream scoop or big spoon, into about 1 inch balls. Place them onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Broil the meatballs for about 8 minutes.
- Place the meatballs in your Crockpot. Add the marinara sauce on top.
- Cover the Crockpot and cook on high for 3-4 hours (recommended) or on low 6-8 hours.