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Fast and Easy Crock Pot Meatball Recipe

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When meatballs are on the menu, everything else just falls easily into place. Meatballs can be made from a variety of different ground meats. Adding them to savory sauces and cooking in the Crock Pot makes a fast weekday dinner. This Crock Pot meatball recipe is simple to prepare early in the day.

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Fast and Easy Crock Pot Meatball Recipe
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 24-ounce jar spaghetti sauce

Directions

  1. Mix the ground beef, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, egg and water in a large mixing bowl until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  2. Shape the meat mixture into about 25 one-inch meatballs, and arrange them on a large baking sheet. Wearing latex gloves while shaping the meatballs eliminates some cleanup.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs to the skillet in batches. Cook each batch of meatballs between five and seven minutes until they are browned on all sides. As the meatballs finish browning, transfer them to the Crock Pot with a spatula.
  4. Add the spaghetti sauce to the Crock Pot, covering the meatballs evenly.
  5. Set the Crock Pot to low and cook the meatballs and sauce for four to six hours on low. Alternatively, cook the meatballs on high for two hours.
  6. Transfer the meatballs and sauce to a serving platter. Serve with pasta for a traditional Italian meal.

Serves four.

Adjust the recipe with ingredient substitutions. Mix one-half pound of ground beef and one-half pound of ground sausage or lamb. Substituting one pound of ground turkey or chicken is also delicious. Experiment with different sauces for the meatballs. Mixing one cup of grape jelly with one cup of chili sauce would make a sweet-savory sauce. A 24-ounce jar of Alfredo sauce is another option. For grain-free meatballs, substitute almond meal or coconut flour for the bread crumbs. Serving the meatballs over rice, quinoa or mashed potatoes would also make a tasty meal.

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