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Use this Crockpot Meatballs recipe to make an easy weeknight meal of spaghetti and meatballs. A few minutes of prep in the morning yields delicious results by dinner time!

A plate of spaghetti topped with meatballs from a crockpot and basil
Table of Contents
  1. Ingredients in Crockpot Meatballs
  2. How to Serve Crockpot Meatballs
  3. Recipe Tip
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. More Meatball Recipes
  6. How to Make Crockpot Meatballs
  7. Crockpot Meatballs Recipe

This Crockpot Meatball recipe is so easy to put together with simple ingredients but lots of flavor! Spaghetti and meatballs is always a favorite family dish and the slow cooker makes it my favorite too! I spend a few minutes rolling meatballs in the afternoon and I have delicious savory meatballs and sauce by dinner time.

Ingredients in Crockpot Meatballs

  • Ground Beef – Make sure to use lean ground beef. If the beef is too fatty, the sauce will turn out very oily. Not a huge fan of ground beef? Feel free to try ground pork meatballs, ground turkey meatballs or ground chicken meatballs too! We will often do a mixture of both ground beef and pork to make them more tender.
  • Onion – In this recipe instead of dicing the onion, you grate it with a cheese grater. This creates small, thin pieces of onion that keep the meatball texture super smooth.
  • Panko Breadcrumbs – Panko breadcrumbs help to bind the meatballs together. I like using panko breadcrumbs instead of regular breadcrumbs.
  • Parmesan Cheese – Parmesan cheese adds flavor and helps to bind the meatballs together. Try to get grated parmesan instead of shredded for the best texture.
  • Eggs – Eggs add moisture and help bind the meatballs.
  • Milk – Milk helps the meatballs stick together and creates a juicy, soft texture.
  • Garlic – Freshly crushed garlic cloves are the best, but you can used the minced garlic from the jar.
  • Spices – I keep it simple with this recipe and just use kosher salt, black pepper, and oregano. If you want to go a little further, then you can add basil, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes.
  • Sauce – For this recipe I used our own Homemade Canned Spaghetti Sauce but you can use your own recipe or just store-bought spaghetti sauce. No matter what you use, it is going to be awesome. Even store-bought spaghetti sauce will be kicked up a notch because the meatballs will be cooked in it, giving it an incredible flavor.
A plate of spaghetti topped with meatballs from a crockpot and basil

How to Serve Crockpot Meatballs

The classic way to serve these Crockpot Meatballs is over noodles with some basil and parmesan cheese. You can also make meatball subs. If you want to serve these meatballs as an appetizer, you can put them on a cocktail toothpick with a mozzarella pearl and a basil leaf.

Recipe Tip

A spoonful of meatballs and sauce

For this recipe I used our own Homemade Canned Spaghetti Sauce but you can use your own recipe or just store-bought spaghetti sauce. No matter what you use, it is going to be awesome. Even store-bought spaghetti sauce will be kicked up a notch because the meatballs will be cooked in it, giving it an incredible flavor.

If you stir the meatballs during the cooking process make sure to stir gently. If the meatballs aren’t fully cooked when you stir, they could break apart.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make gluten free meatballs?

Yes, you can make these gluten free by replacing the breadcrumbs with gluten free breadcrumbs or oats. Serve the meatballs and sauce over gluten free pasta for a celiac friendly spaghetti and meatballs!

How do I store leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Eat leftovers within a week. You can reheat in the slow cooker, on the stovetop, or in the microwave. You can also stick leftovers in the freezer and reheat them later.

Can I use frozen meatballs?

Yes! Obviously homemade meatballs taste amazing, but frozen meatballs will do in a pinch! Follow the same cooking instructions – covered in sauce, on high for 3-4 hours.

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How to Make Crockpot Meatballs

A plate of spaghetti topped with meatballs from a crockpot and basil

Crockpot Meatballs

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Use this Crockpot Meatballs recipe to make an easy weeknight meal of spaghetti and meatballs. A few minutes of prep in the morning yield delicious results!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 servings

Equipment

  • Crock Pot or Slow Cooker

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients (except spaghetti sauce) until well mixed. Mixing together with your hands works great.
    Meatball mixture in a bowl
  • Spray bottom of crockpot with cooking spray. Form into balls using hands or small cookie dough scoop. You want them to be slightly smaller than a golf ball. Place meatballs in the pot, layering them if necessary. It's okay if they touch, just don't squish them too much.
    Raw meatballs rolled and placed in a crockpot
  • Pour sauce over the top of all the meatballs.
    Marinara sauce poured over meatballs in a crockpot
  • Cook on high for 3 hours. Serve over noodles or in meatball subs!
    Cooked meatballs in sauce in a crockpot

Nutrition Information

Calories: 411kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 28gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 1513mgPotassium: 911mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 850IUVitamin C: 12.7mgCalcium: 171mgIron: 4.5mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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