Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs



Super Tender Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs. Loaded with Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley and garlic. They melt in your mouth and are incredibly tender. Simmered low and slow for 4 hours!



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Serves: About 24 meatballs


1 pound ground beef

1 pound ground pork

¼ cup onion, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

1 cup Italian breadcrumbs

2 eggs

½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

salt and pepper

2 (24 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes

1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

2 whole bay leaves

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

basil for serving, if desired

Parmesan cheese for serving, if desired


  1. Add beef, pork, onion, garlic, parsley, breadcrumbs, eggs and cheese to a large bowl. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until combined.
  2. Form into 1 or 2 inch meatballs. I made 24 meatballs.
  3. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Broil meatballs on high until browned on each side. About 4-5 minutes on each side.
  4. Add meatballs to slow cooker.
  5. Top with crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaves, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning.
  6. Cook on low for 4 hours.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm with basil or parmesan cheese for serving, if desired.