Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs

Serve up these slow-cooker Italian meatballs on skewers as an appetizer or on buns or rolls for a meal! 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword meatball
Servings 32 meatballs
Calories 124kcal


  • 1 lb ground sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3/4 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (grated or finely shredded)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon basil chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 24 ounces marinara sauce


  • In a large bowl, combine sausage, beef, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, eggs, and all seasonings. Work together until throughly mixed. 
  • Spray your hands with non-stick cooking spray and roll 1 1/2" meatballs. You can make larger or smaller meatballs as well. 
  • Preheat a large pan on medium-high heat and add oil to pan. 
  • Brown meatballs on all sides. This will likely take multiple batches to brown all meatballs. 
  • After browning, place meatballs in bottom of slow cooker. Don't worry if they must be stacked on top of each other. 
  • Cover with marinara sauce and cook 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. 
  • Remove cooked meatballs from slow cooker and add a skewer. Optional: Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese. 


If you like the heat, you can sprinkle red pepper flakes on your meatballs as they cook in the slow cooker. 


Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 365mg | Potassium: 160mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.9mg