A quick and easy crockpot meatballs recipe the whole family will love! From RestlessCHipotle.com
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Easy Crockpot Meatballs

Tender, buttery meatballs slow cooked in marinara are perfect for meatball sandwiches or spaghetti.
Course Dinner (quick and easy)
Cuisine American, Slow Cooker
Keyword back to school, beef, comfort food, marinara, potluck
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 304kcal
Author Marye Audet-White



  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef 90% lean 98% lean is better
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs fresh
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated (the kind on the shelf, not fresh)
  • 1 -1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 cups marinara or favorite pasta sauce


  • Mix all of the ingredients except the marinara together in a large bowl with your hands to be sure the seasonings are evenly distributed.
  • Form into 16 to 24 meatballs.
  • You may stop and freeze at this point.
  • When ready to cook add the marinara to a slow cooker.
  • Add the meatballs and spoon some of the marinara over the top.
  • Cook on low 4 to 6 hours (if thawed) or 6 to 8 hours (if frozen)
  • Add to heated sourdough hoagie rolls and top with Mozzarella or Provolone. 
  • Broil for a minute or three, or until the cheese melts and bubbles.


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 707mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 2.9mg