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Slow Cooker Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs

I have my home made meatballs and sauce posted but this is a little different and decadent for meatballs.

A delicious meal

A delicious meal

Slow Cooker Meals Are Perfect for Busy Days

I found this recipe on the Betty Crocker website and thought it looked so appetizing and delicious I had to try it. Using bottled tomato sauce makes this recipe really quick and easy, as it eliminates a lot of steps. Using a slow cooker makes it easy for people who have to work during the day. You can put it together in the morning and have a nice hot dinner ready for you and your family when you get home. All you have to do is cook the spaghetti—or even just make meatball hoagies—and you don't have to cook anything. So, as the Italians say, "mangiaro bene."

A good Italian meal

A good Italian meal

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

5 hours 30 min

6 hours

6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef (I used 80% beef 20% fat)
  • 1/2 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves, crushed
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 small mozzarella, balls
  • 2 (25-ounce) jars tomato sauce, your favorite brand, meatless
  • 1 pound angel hair spaghetti (optional)

Directions

  1. Plug your slow cooker in and put it on slow. Pour in one of the jars of sauce.
  2. In a large bowl, mix beef, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, basil, garlic, and eggs. Shape the mixture into 14 to 16 meatballs and place them on a dish. Then press 1 small mozzarella ball into the center of each meatball, sealing it inside, and then drop it gently in the slow cooker. Repeat with each meatball.
  3. Pour the other jar of sauce over the meatballs, covering them completely. If it looks too thick, mix a little water in one of the jars, shake it to get out the rest of the sauce, and pour it in the slow cooker. I chopped a little fresh basil on top also.
  4. Put the lid on and let it cook. If you are going to be home, what I did was turn the slow cooker up to high heat until it started to simmer, then turned it down to low heat and just let it cook. But that was my idea, you can just leave it on low if you are going to be out.
  5. When it looks like the meatballs are browned, after about 5 hours, test one and if it is cooked with your large spoon stir the meatballs very gently as to not break them apart. When it is cooked, but put the slow cooker on warm until you are ready to eat. If you are making pasta, cook it now and add the sauce and meatballs to it.

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Add the first jar of tomato sauce to the slow cooker.

Add the first jar of tomato sauce to the slow cooker.

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Mix the meatball ingredients together.

Mix the meatball ingredients together.

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Mozzarella balls

Mozzarella balls

Stuff the cheese in the center of each meatball.

Stuff the cheese in the center of each meatball.

Meatballs with cheese placed on the first layer of tomato sauce.

Meatballs with cheese placed on the first layer of tomato sauce.

Add a second jar of tomato sauce on top of the meatballs. Add fresh chopped basil.

Add a second jar of tomato sauce on top of the meatballs. Add fresh chopped basil.

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Notes

  • The original recipe called for 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, but I didn't think I would like the meatballs with that in it, so I omitted it. You can add it if you like.
  • My family loved this recipe but thought it would have been even better if I used my own spaghetti sauce. I agree that it would have been, but then that would have defeated the point of this recipe, which was to be simple and quick.

© 2020 Rachel L Alba

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