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Grandma’s Italian Style Slow Cooker Meatballs Recipe

I turned my grandma’s original into these awesome Slow Cooker Meatballs. Italian style slow cooker meatballs make a great appetizer, main course, or go along with spaghetti or other Italian dishes. Be sure to pin this meatball recipe and add it to your list of party foods on game day.

Slow Cooker Meatballs Recipe

Italian Style Slow Cooker Meatballs

Are you ready for some foooooootball?? I am. Da Bears, baby! Which means friends and fam piling in, yelling at the TV, good eats, fun drinks. And, if you’re not, that’s totes OK too. You can still make my meatballs. These Slow Cooker Meatballs make Uh.Maze.Ing appetizers or are perfect over pasta. Maybe even a great sub sandwich! Just a bit of prep work, then set it and forget it. Personally, I ate four out of the pot before they even hit the table. Don’t tell.

 Slow Cooker Meatballs Ingredients

More game day appetizers to make:

Yield: 50 meatballs

Slow Cooker Meatballs Recipe

Slow Cooker Meatballs Recipe | Feather Pixels Blog

Make slow cooker meatballs as an appetizer, for meatball sandwiches, or to serve over pasta. 

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes


  • 2 lbs ground beef, I used 90/10
  • 12 oz Italian sausage, buy bulk or remove from casing -spicy, mild, pick your favorite!
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, super fine fresh mince or powder
  • 2 tsp salt, or adjust to taste
  • 2 tsp pepper, to taste
  • 48 oz marinara sauce, 2 jars


  1. Pre-heat oven to *425.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine beef, sausage, eggs, breadcrumbs, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Now, I take off my rings and really get in there good and mix with my hands. It's how grandma did it, so it's how I do it. Don't worry, there's plenty of soap and water to wash up!
  4. This makes 45-50 meatballs so you'll want to lightly spray 2 baking sheets. To form meatballs you can either eyeball and roll the size of golf balls or use a small ice cream scoop. Either way, you want them all to be the same size.
  5. Drop on baking sheets about 1 inch apart.
  6. Place on top rack of oven.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, flipping each over 1/2 way through. You just want to make sure the outsides are browned. They will finish cooking in slow cooker.
  8. Go ahead and set the slow cooker on low. When meatballs are browned, place them in your slow cooker and cover completely with sauce.
  9. Cover and let those babies cook for 4 hours.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 meatball

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 353mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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Slow Cooker Meatballs Directions

These meatballs will fill your house with a wonderful aroma while cooking in the slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Meatballs

These are great for any party appetizer. Just poke each with a fancy, schmancy toothpick and your guests are set.

To serve as a main dish, plop a few on some pasta or make some awesome meatballs subs. We make a whole batch and freeze about 1/2 of them prior to cooking and come out with 2 great family meals. ENJOY!

Next time you’re watching the Bears, think of me. I’ll be popping a few in my mouth right along with ya!

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Have you ever made Slow Cooker Meatballs?

Fee Roberts

Wednesday 29th of April 2015

These look good. I make mine a sweet and sour flavor, but I'll give these a shot.


Friday 24th of April 2015

I would love to try this recipe.

Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner

Friday 13th of February 2015

Thanks for sharing at Best of the Weekend - being featured tonight!

Suzy Myers

Sunday 1st of February 2015

What a great idea! I'm always looking for good slow cooker meals! Thank you for sharing!


Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

Friday 23rd of January 2015

Yum! This looks so good and pretty too! :) Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN! :)

~Lorelai Life With Lorelai

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