Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs Recipe

Ingredients

 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (or meat of choice)
 3 eggs
 1/2 cup of pine nuts (I think next time I will use chopped pecans, the kids picked out the nuts:)
 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
 4 large mushrooms, finely chopped
 3 cloves garlic, minced
 1 large carrot, grated (the veggies can really be whatever you have on hand, be creative it’s a great way to try new flavors!)
 1 tsp sea salt
 1/2 tsp Oregano
 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
 1/3 cup Almond Meal, or other gluten free flour
 1 – 14 oz can tomato sauce
 6 big handfuls of fresh spinach, or about a half head of shredded cabbage

Directions

1

Prep all your vegetables, you should end up with about 3 cups of assorted shredded/chopped veg.

2

Place meat and all your ingredients (except tomato sauce and spinach) in a large bowl, roll up your sleeves and start mixing with your hands. My second born tried this once and was doing it with his fingertips so as to not get his hands dirty, but that’s not going to work! You really want all these ingredients to be well incorporated before you start forming the balls.

3

Get your slow cooker out and pour in enough tomato sauce to coat the bottom of the crock. Then take two handfuls of spinach and cover the sauce with fresh spinach. Now you are ready to form your first layer of balls.

4

Get our your ice cream scoop and start making meatballs. I am using a 6 quart slow cooker, if you have a smaller one you might want to adjust your ingredients to fit, but I could have fit plenty more in the crock. Shape the meatballs and place them around the outer edge of the crock, then fill in the middle.

5

Add a little tomato sauce between the meatballs to cover the spinach, now take two more handfuls of spinach and cover the meatballs. Repeat 4 and 5 until you’ve got all the meat formed into balls. Top with the rest of your tomato sauce and the rest of your spinach. In my crock it ended up being two layers of meatballs.

6

Place the lid on your slow cooker and cook on High for 3-4 hours, or on Low for 5-6 hours. Enjoy!!

Ingredients

 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (or meat of choice)
 3 eggs
 1/2 cup of pine nuts (I think next time I will use chopped pecans, the kids picked out the nuts:)
 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
 4 large mushrooms, finely chopped
 3 cloves garlic, minced
 1 large carrot, grated (the veggies can really be whatever you have on hand, be creative it’s a great way to try new flavors!)
 1 tsp sea salt
 1/2 tsp Oregano
 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
 1/3 cup Almond Meal, or other gluten free flour
 1 – 14 oz can tomato sauce
 6 big handfuls of fresh spinach, or about a half head of shredded cabbage

Directions

1

Prep all your vegetables, you should end up with about 3 cups of assorted shredded/chopped veg.

2

Place meat and all your ingredients (except tomato sauce and spinach) in a large bowl, roll up your sleeves and start mixing with your hands. My second born tried this once and was doing it with his fingertips so as to not get his hands dirty, but that’s not going to work! You really want all these ingredients to be well incorporated before you start forming the balls.

3

Get your slow cooker out and pour in enough tomato sauce to coat the bottom of the crock. Then take two handfuls of spinach and cover the sauce with fresh spinach. Now you are ready to form your first layer of balls.

4

Get our your ice cream scoop and start making meatballs. I am using a 6 quart slow cooker, if you have a smaller one you might want to adjust your ingredients to fit, but I could have fit plenty more in the crock. Shape the meatballs and place them around the outer edge of the crock, then fill in the middle.

5

Add a little tomato sauce between the meatballs to cover the spinach, now take two more handfuls of spinach and cover the meatballs. Repeat 4 and 5 until you’ve got all the meat formed into balls. Top with the rest of your tomato sauce and the rest of your spinach. In my crock it ended up being two layers of meatballs.

6

Place the lid on your slow cooker and cook on High for 3-4 hours, or on Low for 5-6 hours. Enjoy!!

Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs Recipe