Feeding a 3.5 and 1.5 year old can be extremely easy some days, and near impossible the next. My oldest has recently decided that he no longer enjoys many of the foods he liked the week prior. This change will last a few days and then the foods are back on the approved list. One of the meals that has never left the approved menu has been meatballs. Both of my boys devour meatballs and since these slow cooker ones are so incredibly easy to make they get made a lot.
I’m not normally into making dinners 4 different ways for 4 different people, but with meatballs it’s so easy to please everyone. Usually my husband and my youngest will have spaghetti and meatballs while my oldest and I have a meatball sub on a wonderful sourdough bun.
There are a million meatball recipes out there, but what I love about making them this way is that I can literally put them in a slow cooker and not touch them. I choose to rotate them half way through if I am around (or remember), but it is by no means crucial. The first time I went to make these I was with my mom who said “they are just going to crumble apart. You will end up with meat sauce”. I was convinced they were going to work, and now that I had my mother doubting their success I was even more determined to make sure that slow cooker meatballs could be a success. The trick is not forgetting the egg, and making sure you really form the meatballs well. I have been so happy with making meatballs this way and will never go back to the store bought kind.
Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs
– 1 lb ground beef
– 1 large egg
– 1/2 cup bread crumbs
– 1 tbsp italiano seasoning
– 1 jar organic pasta sauce
1. Combine the ground beef, egg and breadcrumbs in a mixing bowl. I use my hands to mix it all together.
2. Shape the beef mixture into 10-12 balls.
3. Layer the bottom of the slow cooker with a pasta sauce. Place the meatballs on top and cover with the remaining sauce.
4. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 (or until meatballs are done). Flip/rotate the meatballs once halfway through your cooking time.
*response to a question I recently had*
Q: Will this work if I double the recipe or will that be too many meatballs in the slow cooker?
A: I have double the recipe, yes. It turned out just fine, but I did have a few of them crumble of me since you have to stack them in layers. They didn’t fully crumble, but a few were no longer “balls” when they were done cooking and had lost a side or two. If you choose to do this, just be careful when you are rotating them half way through. Be gentle and you should be just fine! Thanks for asking!
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