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Recipes for slow cooker meatballs

Italian meatballs Super Tender Slow Cooker. Loaded with Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley and garlic. They melt in the mouth and are incredibly tender. Simmered for 4 hours!

Love meatball recipes? Then try my Asian turkey dumplings or my old school Italian dumpling recipe!

Italian slow-cooker dumplings sprinkled with parsley and Parmesan cheese

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meatballs Who doesn’t love meatballs? Especially when cooking over low and slow heat in a cooking pot. These authentic beef dumplings are easy to make, versatile, and can be made in advance and frozen for quick weekday meals. The meatballs melt in the tender mouth thanks to the combination of beef and pork. This is really the best Italian meatball recipe!

Rich, fleshy, hearty and comforting, these Italian meatballs are the perfect meal for busy weeknights or Sunday dinner. You will need a little preparation time to gather the meatballs. The slowest part of this recipe is to form the meatballs.

The sauce is super simple too. Simmering the sauce over low heat for 4 hours makes the sauce super thick, rich and full of flavor. I add some crushed red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning and bay leaves for an added flavor.

This recipe is enough to serve 6-8 people and always leaves tons of leftovers. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients for beef dumplings


  • beef
  • Ground pork
  • Onion Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Italian breadcrumbs
  • Eggs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Crushed tomatoes

  • Tomato paste Bay leaves
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Italian

  • seasoning

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How to Make Italian Dumplings in the Slow Cooker Making these homemade dumplings in the slow cooker

is super easy. Start by adding beef, pork, onion, garlic, parsley, breadcrumbs, eggs, and cheese to a large bowl. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until combined. Form into 1- or 2-inch dumplings. I made 24 meatballs. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Roast the meatballs high until golden brown on each side. About 4-5 minutes on each side. Add meatballs to the slow cooker. Top with crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning. Simmer for 4 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with basil or Parmesan cheese to serve, if desired.

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Step by step photos of Italian dumplings cooked in the slow cooker


  • Don’t mix too much: I combine the ingredients with my hands until they combine. That’s all. When you hand out the dumplings, they tend to get a little sticky. I recommend wetting your hands with water before you start spreading out your meatballs.
  • Buy 80/20 beef

  • : If you can find it, 80/20 beef makes the best authentic meatballs. They are super juicy and tender.
  • Freeze leftovers: This recipe makes tons of meatballs. Freeze extras in an airtight container for up to 3 months for a quick weekday meal. You can freeze the meatballs either cooked (roasted only) or fully cooked.
  • Brown meatballs: It is important to seal the meatballs before adding them to the slow cooker. This helps keep the juices inside. I brown the dumplings under the grill on a leaf tray to get good caramelization on the outside.
  • Baked meatballs: If you’re short on time, try my easy 30-minute meatball recipe. Perfect for a busy weeknight!
  • Use a tablespoon of cookies: to easily distribute perfectly round meatballs. It saves time and keeps everything consistent.
  • Reheat: To heat the leftovers, simply add the dumplings to the slow cooker and simmer with the sauce. Or heat them in a saucepan on the stove until they heat up.

Add meatballs to slow cooker without sauce

What to serve with slow-cooking meatballs

  • Spaghetti
  • Garlic bread
  • Focaccia Side
  • Salad
  • Serve on a roll to make a sub dumpling!
  • Creamy

polenta Beef meatballs with tomato sauce ยก

Here are more easy meatball recipes to try!

  • Thai Red Curry
  • Chicken Dumplings

  • Teriyaki Beef
  • Dumplings Turkey dumplings

  • with arugula and mushrooms
  • Asian-style chicken dumplings

  • Slow cooker Asian sesame dumplings
  • Italian meatball

  • soup
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