Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs Recipe

This slow cooker Italian meatballs recipe is a very simple recipe that is wonderful to make for when company comes over, or just for a family dinner. It’s minimal prep, and cooks while you run errands.

Clean eating slow cooker Italian meatballs recipe served in a dark gray bowl and ready to eat

These are more of a dense meatball, and the sauce is perfect for ladling over whole-grain pasta or brown rice. Basically, this is a quick and easy way to make spaghetti and meatballs without all the hassle that usually ensues when making non-slow cooker varieties.

Because this busy mama is all about quick, easy, clean meals!



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Slow Cooker Italian Style Meatballs in a black bowl.

Slow Cooker Italian Style Meatballs

These delicious meatballs make a wonderful main course or a simple side dish.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 22 meatballs
Calories: 49kcal


  • Slow Cooker


  • 1 ½ lb. ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups tomato sauce (no sugar added)
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese (fresh is best)


  • In a large mixing bowl, knead the turkey together with the spices.
  • Roll meat into 22, walnut sized meatballs, and place in a single layer in your slow cooker (Mine was a 5 quart).
  • Pour the tomato sauce over the top, being sure to cover the meatballs well and evenly.
  • Sprinkle the cheese across the top and set the slow cooker to low heat for 4 hours.
  • Serve over pasta with a little extra parmesan cheese.
  • Note: These are a fairly dense meatball. You can add finely chopped mushrooms to the mixture to soften them up a bit. About ½ to 1 cup should be fine, and you'll get more meatballs out of it to boot.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 8g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 169mg | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.7mg

Author: Tiffany McCauley

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  1. I see that the calories are 49 per serving. Is one meatball one serving or how many meatballs is in a serving. Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Courtney – Yes, the data is roughly for 1 meatball. I figured it would be easier to decide how many to eat that way.

        1. The Gracious Pantry says:

          Courtney – Sure! 🙂