Crockpot Meatballs
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These Italian inspired meatballs have an ooey gooey cheesy surprise inside! (yes! there is cheese stuffed inside the meatball!) Can be made in the crockpot or on the stovetop
Serves: 6 to 8 servings
For the Meatballs
  • 1 lb. ground beef (85% lean)
  • ½ lb. ground sweet Italian sausage (or sausage links with casing removed)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup bread crumbs (plain or Italian style)
  • 1 Tbsp worcesteshire sauce
  • 2 oz. Mozzarella cheese, cubed ( or 2-3 cheese sticks cut into cubes) you'll need 12-15 cubes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For the Sauce
  • 1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes ( like San Marzano)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced ( or 1 Tbsp onion powder)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced ( or ¼ tsp. garlic powder)
  • 2 Tbsp dried parsley ( or oregano)
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes (optional) more to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
For the pasta
  • 12 oz. pasta ( any kind, I used Pappardelle)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese, grated for garnish (optional)
  1. In a large bowl combine ground beef, sausage, egg, bread crumbs and worcesteshire sauce. Use hands to thoroughly combine. Form into golf ball size meatballs. (approx. 12-15). To stuff meatballs flatten the meatball, place a cube of cheese in the middle of the flattened patty and fold edges around cube and reform into a round ball by rolling in your hands. Set meatballs aside.
  2. Combine tomatoes (crushed, diced and paste) onion, garlic, parsley, basil, red pepper flakes and bay leaf in a 5 or 6 qt. slow cooker. Mix thoroughly.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat add a small amount of olive oil (or water) and cook meatballs just until all sides are browned (approx. 2-3 min.) Add meatballs to the sauce in slow cooker, spoon some sauce to cover meatballs. Cover and let cook for 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 hrs. on low . Remove bay leaf before serving.
  4. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse. Top with meatballs and sauce. Add fresh chopped parsley and grated Parmesan if desired.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙ recipe ( 2-3 meatballs) Calories: 341 Fat: 16.5 g Saturated fat: 5.9 g Carbohydrates: 15.9 g Sugar: 5.2 g Sodium: 558.5 mg Fiber: 2.3 g Protein: 32.2 g Cholesterol: 105.8 mg
Recipe by Simple Healthy Kitchen at