meatballs and sauce recipe served on top of spaghetti

Slow Cooker Meatballs and Sauce

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Slow Cooker Meatballs and Sauce is an easy way to get a comfort food meal on the table, even on busy nights! Just boil up some pasta and dinner is served!



  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • 24 ounce jar marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Add the ground beef, garlic, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, eggs, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to a large bowl and mix together until the ingredients are combined.
  2. Spray the insert of a large slow cooker (see note) with cooking spray. Portion the meatballs into 16 meatballs, a little larger than a golf ball and place into your slow cooker in a single layer if possible.
  3. Pour the sauce on top of the meatballs along with a cup of water. Set the slow cooker on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  4. Serve with your pasta of choice. This recipe will make enough sauce for about 1 pound of pasta.

Recipe Notes

Try to get the meatballs in a single layer in your crock pot so that they don’t break apart. If you can’t fit them in a single layer, just gently place them on top of each other and don’t stir the meatballs at all until they are finished cooking.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

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