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Crockpot Turkey Meatballs

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Crockpot Turkey Meatballs are a healthy addition to your weeknight meals over your favorite pasta. These are super easy to make and cook in the slow cooker while you go about your day. They also freeze great for later! 

Crockpot Turkey Meatballs with pasta

Crockpot Turkey Meatballs

Slow cooker meals are my favorite any time of the year. In the winter I love how comforting and cozy those meals are and of course how quick they come together. I am a big fan of Slow Cooker Pot Roast and Crockpot Lasagna in the colder months. I also like crockpot meals during the warmer months because it means I don’t have to heat up my house cooking a meal all day. These Crockpot Turkey Meatballs are my go-to meatballs for my family. 

They are great with your favorite pasta any day of the week and also freeze really nicely for later. My kids go crazy for these meatballs and so do I. They love a big bowl of pasta with the turkey meatballs along with a simple side dish and crusty bread. 

Crockpot Turkey Meatballs in white bowl

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THESE SLOW COOKER TURKEY MEATBALLS?

GROUND TURKEY: I like using ground turkey for meatballs because it is lean. You could easily make these meatballs using ground beef though. 

BREADCRUMBS: The breadcrumbs help to hold the meatballs together. I use regular breadcrumbs but you can also use seasoned breadcrumbs if you want. 

EGG: The egg also helps bind together the meatballs. 

PARSLEY: I like to add finely chopped parsley to the meatballs for the extra flavor. You can feel free to leave it out or use dried in its place. 

CHEESE: My turkey meatballs uses Reggiano Parmigiano cheese that is grated. You can use any parmesan cheese that is finely grated. 

Crockpot Turkey Meatballs with Spoon

HOW DO I MAKE THIS CROCKPOT TURKEY MEATBALLS RECIPE?

In the slow cooker put the crushed tomatoes, garlic, basil and oregano and stir well. 

Start by combining the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, garlic, cheese and salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl using your hands. Form the ground turkey mixture into small meatballs and place them in the sauce. Make sure that the meatballs are all covered with the sauce. 

Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Garnish with fresh parsley and basil. Serve warm with pasta, crusty bread and a salad. 

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Crockpot Turkey Meatballs in white bowl

Crockpot Turkey Meatballs

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Crockpot Turkey Meatballs are a healthy addition to your weeknight meals over your favorite pasta. These are super easy to make and cook in the slow cooker while you go about your day. They also freeze great for later! 

Ingredients

  • 20 oz (1.3 lb) ground turkey breast 93% lean
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs {or regular breadcrumbs}
  • 1/4 cup Reggiano Parmigiano cheese, grated {or any finely grated parmesan cheese}
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped {or substitute 2 teaspoons dried parsley}
  • 1 egg
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

**For the sauce:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 - 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil or parsley

Instructions

  1. Pour crushed tomatoes into the crock pot. Add garlic, bay leaf and stir.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, cheese, parsley, egg, garlic, salt and pepper. Using clean hands mix all the ingredients and form small meatballs.
  3. Drop meatballs into the sauce, cover and set crock pot to low for 4 to 6 hours.
  4. When meatballs are ready and have reached a temperature of 160 degrees F, adjust salt and pepper to taste and add fresh chopped basil or parsley.
  5. Serve with Italian bread or over your favorite pasta.

Notes

You can use ground beef instead of turkey if you like.

These are freezer friendly.

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Thursday 23rd of April 2015

how many cans crushed tomatoes?

Catie

Sunday 27th of July 2014

Can you please give nutritional guide on recipes for those of us on weight watchers?

Julia

Sunday 27th of July 2014

At this point I do not offer nutritional information but am working on implementing this in the future. I hope in the next six months to have this up and running. Sorry!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

Wednesday 28th of November 2012

Meatballs of any sort in a tomato based sauce are my weakness. I can't resist!

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Wednesday 28th of November 2012

Me too! I end up eating way too many!

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