I am not a huge meatball fan. That is, not until I tried this recipe. There are two ways you can try this recipe, you can either stuff them with cheese or go sans cheese.
The bonus to this recipe is that it is a crockpot recipe. During the summer months, I try to stay away from the oven and find other methods to cook up delicious meals. This recipe takes 15 minutes or so to prep. The end result is everything.
You can eat the meatballs with spaghetti or zoodles. I am a huge fan of making meatball subs with them to add a little variety.
I recommend doing a mix of cheese stuffed meatballs with regular meatballs. The cheese gives the marinara sauce an extra oompf. Feel free to experiment with different cheeses. When I do a mix, I cut up one mozzarella cheese stick and stuff the meatballs with that. I am considering trying this recipe with pepper jack cheese some day.
I recommend starting with the basic recipe first so you can really get the feel for how amazing this recipe is. Later, feel free to experiment with different cheeses. Also, if you are a mushroom fan, feel free to dump a small can on top with the marinara sauce.
This recipe was originally posted by Tasty (Mozzarella-Stuffed Slow Cooker Meatballs).
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb hot Italian sausage
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk (you can use whole, soy or almond milk)
- 1/2 cup parsley
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce
- In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients
- With your hands, mix all of the ingredients together.
- Scoop up a small portion and create a small ball by rolling the meat around in your hands. Place in crockpot.
- After all of the meatballs have been placed in the crockpot, add the marinara sauce on top.
- Cook on high for 2.5-3 hours.
*If you are making stuffed cheese meatballs, follow these additional instructions.
[All Cheese Stuffed meatballs = 1 pound of cheese.
Small Batches = use cheese sticks.]
[Note: Best cheese to use is mozzarella, but feel free to try other kinds of cheeses like cheddar or pepper jack.]
A. Cut up the cheese into small bite sized pieces.
B. After mixing the meatball ingredients from (#1-2) above, take a small amount of the meat mixture in the palm of your hand, place the cheese cube in the middle and roll the meat around it, forming a ball.
C. Place meatball in crockpot. Continue following instructions (#4-5) above.