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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.

Photo Guide

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

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

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

Comments

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 20, 2020:

Hi Linda, This is a good reason to use one because it's so simple. I put it together in just minutes in the morning, especially since you can use jar sauce. Thank you for visiting and for your nice comment. I appreciate your comments.

Stay safe.

Rachel Alba on August 20, 2020:

Thank you Chitrangada, You are always so encouraging to me. I appreciate your input.

stay safe always.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 20, 2020:

This sounds delicious and tempting. I can imagine the taste, looking at your nice pictures.

Thanks for sharing this well written article, with stepwise instructions and helpful pictures.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 19, 2020:

I haven't used a slow cooker for a long time. Your recipe sounds like an excellent reason to use one!

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 19, 2020:

Hi Liz, Sometimes I forget I have one too, but when I use it, I'm always glad I do. Hope you get to try this recipe.

Stay safe.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 19, 2020:

Hi Sp Greaney, Thank you for visiting and I'm glad you like this recipe. I make some up myself but I also get ideas from other people or websites. Hope you have a good evening.

Blessings to you.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 18, 2020:

You have inspired me with this recipe. I am very tempted to dust off the slowcooker and give it a go.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on August 18, 2020:

I've never though of adding mozzarella to meatballs. What a great twist to the recipe. This is a great meal to prepare ahead of schedule for those evenings when you just want your dinner ready for you as soon as you arrive home.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 18, 2020:

Hi Peggy. I think using the jar sauce also is very convenient. The meatballs are big to fit around the mozzarella balls so they are filling also. Thank you for your visits and comments.

Blessings to you.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 18, 2020:

Hi Mary, Thank you for visiting and for your really nice comment. I appreciate them.

Blessings to you.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 18, 2020:

Hi Pamela, Thank you for your visits and comments. I do appreciate them. Hope you and your family are staying safe.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 18, 2020:

Hi Liza, I'm glad you and your husband like Italian food. Although, I am Italian, I find it so comforting and I think a lot of people do too. Thanks for your visit.

Blessings to you.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 18, 2020:

We happen to have some of those mozzarella balls in our refrigerator at the moment. This recipe sounds great, and in the heat of the summer, it is beneficial not to heat the kitchen by using a slow cooker. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 18, 2020:

This meal is worthwhile to prepare when you're going out. It is nice to come home to a warm dinner.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 17, 2020:

I have use recipes from Betty Crocker before also. These meatballs and the sauce look delicious. I love this type of food and I appreciate this recipe, Rachel.

Liza from USA on August 17, 2020:

Hi Rachel, the slow cooker cheese stuffed meatballs look delicious! After seeing the article, I have decided to cook Italian food for dinner tonight! My husband opts for making the pasta from scratch! We love Italian food, especially for dinner. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Rachel.