Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 24 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • basil for serving if desired
  • parmesan cheese for serving if desired

Instructions

  • Add beef, pork, onion, garlic, parsley, breadcrumbs, eggs and cheese to a large bowl. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until combined.
  • Form into 1 or 2 inch meatballs. I made 24 meatballs
  • Lightly grease a baking sheet. Broil meatballs on high until browned on each side. About 4-5 minutes on each side.
  • Add meatballs to slow cooker. Top with crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaves, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning.
  • Cook on low for 4 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm with basil or parmesan cheese for serving, if desired.

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