Slow Cooker Meatballs Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup italian style bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 5-6 pinches fennel seed, divided between meatballs and sauce
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 30 ounces tomato puree, 2 15 ounce cans
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, Parmesan, egg, parsley, and fennel.  Shape the mixture into balls, approximately the size of golf balls (using a cookie scoop works well).
  2. In a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat, add olive oil and sauté onion and garlic for about 5 minutes, or until onion is soft and golden.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste and sugar. Add the water and stir until well combined, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato puree, oregano, red pepper flakes, fennel, basil and stir.  Pour sauce into slow cooker. Place meatballs into the sauce mixture.
  5. Cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.

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Adapted from Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach
Cooking Method:
Slow Cooker
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Author: Allison Ruth
Source: Adapted from Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 480 minutes
Total Time: 510 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4 meatballs
Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 281
Calories 693

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g
  Saturated Fat 5g
Sodium 602mg
Total Carbohydrate 36g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 14g
Protein 48g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.