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Sunday, July 7, 2024

After seeing this, I’m never making meatballs any other way again!


Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs

Back in the day, the idea of effortless cooking was as enchanting as fairy tales, but now, with the magic of slow cookers, we bring that enchantment to life every day. Meatballs hold a cherished spot in Midwest dining, essential for Sunday dinners, potlucks, and family gatherings, much like a trusty casserole or granddad’s plaid shirt. Our Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs recipe marries beloved tradition with modern convenience, perfect for anyone longing to bring a taste of the past to their table without spending hours in the kitchen.

These succulent meatballs pair wonderfully with creamy mashed potatoes, buttered egg noodles, or spaghetti, all of which beautifully absorb the sauce. Add a side of green beans almondine or corn on the cob for a splash of color and crunch.

Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs Recipe

Serves: 6-8


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) favorite marinara sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Mix ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, milk, eggs, salt, pepper, and oregano in a bowl. Blend gently – don’t overwork the meat.
  2. Form 1 1/2 inch meatballs, placing them on a plate.
  3. Pour half the marinara sauce into the slow cooker.
  4. Arrange meatballs in a single layer in the slow cooker, stacking if needed but avoid overcrowding.
  5. Cover meatballs with remaining sauce, add red pepper flakes if desired.
  6. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours until meatballs are cooked through.
  7. Stir gently to coat with sauce before serving.

Variations & Tips:

  • Substitute ground beef with half pork or veal for a twist.
  • Add a parmesan rind to the sauce for extra flavor.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley for freshness.
  • These meatballs freeze well for a future quick, comforting meal. Thaw in the fridge, then reheat in a pot.

Remember, cooking is about personalization, so feel free to experiment with spices or add your own touch. This is how recipes evolve and become part of our collective heritage. Enjoy, and happy cooking!


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