Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

Now that winter is upon us and the days are getting shorter and shorter, I find myself choosing crock pot meals more and more often. After all, I don’t want to waste the dwindling daylight hours cooking, chopping and mixing all evening long. I just want to be able to throw something in in the morning and have a warm dinner already to go as soon as everyone gets home. Crock pot meals are perfect for this.

Just lately, I was looking through some old beef crock pot recipes when I found one I need to start making more often: Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs. These meatballs are really quick and easy to make, and they are delicious too!

While I often love eating lighter meats like chicken and fish, sometimes you just want a hearty meal that really sticks to your ribs and fills you up. These Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs do just that. They are full of flavor, very filling, and the recipe makes plenty so no one has to return to the kitchen looking for something else to eat.

These Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs are good on top of spaghetti, in a sandwich with mozzarella cheese, or even on their own. We like to serve them with a big salad and a loaf of Italian bread on the side as well, just to round out the meal.

Even if you have a meatball recipe already, I really urge you to give these Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs a try. They are so quick and easy to make and so full of flavor–I just know you’ll love them!

Italian Meatballs in the Slow Cooker Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Crock Pot Italian Meatballs
  • 3 lb Ground Beef
  • 8 slices White Bread
  • ⅓ cup Milk
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Onion Finely Diced
  • 1 tbsp minced Garlic
  • ⅓ cup Grated Parmesan
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 4 tsp Basil
  • 1 Egg
  • 48 oz Spaghetti Sauce (homemade or jar)
  1. Tear bread into small pieces and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add milk and toss to absorb milk, let soak for 5 minutes.
  3. Drain any excess milk.
  4. Whisk egg and add to bread.
  5. Add onion, garlic, oregano, basil and parmesan and mix well.
  6. Crumble ground beef into mixture.
  7. Mix with your hands to endure everything is well blended and form into 2" meatballs.
  8. Heat olive oil in a skillet and brown meatballs on all sides 5 at a time.
  9. Transfer browned meatballs to slow cooker.
  10. Add sauce and cook on High for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.

Crockpot Italian Meatballs Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

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Elf on the Shelf Alternatives

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It’s December, so you’re probably being bombarded by all of those Elf on the Shelf pics that your Facebook friends are posting. If you think that Elf on a Shelf is a little creepy, you might be looking for an alternative. Check out these ideas that can be plenty of fun for young and old but skips the creepy elf that is up to mischief.

Hidden Jingle Bells

Buy a number of jingle bells of assorted sizes from a craft store then hang them around your home — inside and out. Offer a small prize (a piece of candy or a privilege) every day for bells. You can also add small tags to bells with instructions to do something like help Mom with the dishes or pick out a toy to donate to a child in need. The idea is to create motivation for helping others.

Where’s Mary and Joseph?

This is a common game at Christmas and it shines some light on the meaning behind the holiday. If you have a nativity set, put the stable in place then remove Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and the donkey. Start on December 1 with moving Mary, Joseph and the donkey around your home — each day moving a little closer to the stable location. Get creative with where you place the figurines each day and give a prize to the first child to find them. Remember that on Christmas Eve, Mary and Joseph need to be close to the stable and on Christmas morning they should be inside with the Baby Jesus.

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Who says elves have to be full of mischief? Instead of playing tricks and making messes, use a cute elf to offer ideas for helping others. Find or make a small elf that you can dub your “Helpful Elf.” Every few days (or every day if you can keep up with it), move your little friend around and include a note that gives each child a challenge to do: It can be helping a sibling with something or helping Mom and Dad with chores. Other challenges could be to come up with a way to help a family in need, to do something nice for someone at church or school, or to donate toys to a local charity.

Ornament Riddle

Every day or every few days, place a special ornament on the Christmas tree. Include a riddle with the ornament and offer a prize when the riddle is solved. Since there is one ornament and one riddle, it will require all of the kids to work together to figure it out. Prizes could be a trip out for ice cream, baking cookies together, a movie night, or some other prize for the whole family.

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