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EASY Homemade Crock Pot Meatballs and Sauce

Perfectly seasoned, tender beef meatballs are simmered all day in a simple Italian style red sauce. With the help of your crock pot and a 20 minutes of prep, you can have a delicious homemade Italian meal!

The kids have anxiously been awaiting the cooler weather, so we could have some of their favourite dinners again. Like spaghetti and meatballs! I've always made my own meatballs, but usually I throw them into some of our favourite store bought sauce. This time around though, I didn't have any jarred sauce, so I made my own. Making your own marinara/pasta sauce isn't difficult, I just use already made for convenience. Since I'm home all day, I knew I had the time I needed to make homemade sauce.


I really love how tender the meatballs become, after simmering in the crock pot all day. While I am typically not a huge fan of ground beef, I do enjoy my slow cooked homemade meatballs.  Not to mention that the results are a fabulous meal, without feeling like I've spent all day in the kitchen. I usually make a large batch of meatballs, so we can have spaghetti the first night and meatball subs the next. The subs are as simple as taking sub rolls, slathering the insides with sauce, placing some meatballs in the center, sprinkling with cheese (we like a mixture of mozzarella and Havarti) and placing under the broiler to toast. Two meals out of one dinner, how can it get better than that?


Homemade Meatballs and Pasta Sauce

Meatballs:
2 lbs lean ground beef
2 egg
1/3 C bread crumbs
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 C grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

Sauce:
1 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 14.5 oz can Italian stewed tomatoes
1 8 oz can diced tomatoes
1 small onion, peeled and diced
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 Tbs Italian seasoning
2 bay leaves
1 piece (about 1 inch) Parmesan rind (1/4 C grated Parmesan if you do not have rind)
salt and pepper

In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, Parmesan, garlic& onion powder, Italian seasoning, oregano and salt & pepper. Mix well to combine. Form meat into golf ball sized meatballs and place in an 8 qt crock pot.

Process the stewed tomatoes in a food processor, until smooth. Place processed tomatoes in a medium bowl, with diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper; mixing well to combine. Pour over meatballs in crock pot. Gently nestle the bay leaves and Parmesan rind into the sauce (among the meatballs). Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hrs. Fish the bay leaves and Parm rind out, before serving. Serve with hot past, or in sub rolls.

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Comments

  1. What a great use for the parmesan rind! I hate throwing things out. My kids are going to love this thanks for sharing

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    1. My SO is the same way, so he's happy I find a way to use it haha

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  2. This looks like it would be flavorful and easy to make! I love the fresh garlic and parmesan in the recipe!

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    1. Thanks! Fresh ingredients make all the difference!

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  3. I love homemade meatballs and this crock pot version is to die for!!

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  4. This recipe will definitely go to my go to fast recipes! It's fast and delicious!

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    1. I love recipes where you only have a small amount of prep and then it takes care of itself!

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  5. Great recipe! love that its in the crockpot too, so easy!

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  6. Oh, I can't wait to try this! I usually buy meatballs, but this looks so easy - and I love crockpot meals. I am laughing because I always tell my husband we don't have this or lasagna in the summer because it is a winter dish. Showed him your blog where you kids are excited for cold weather food!

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    1. Haha, we are the same. Winter means spaghetti and meatballs and lasagna! Thank you so much for stopping in!

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  7. Wow. That looks heavenly, I'd love to try this!

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