Italian Turkey Meatballs (Crockpot Recipe)

These have been a go-to recipe for the past few months! You may have seen me post about them a couple times on social media because they’re such an easy and super versatile dinner. You can eat them as a meal by themselves, on pasta, spaghetti squash, or on a roll to make a meatball sub AND they reheat very easily for leftovers throughout the week.

Enjoy!

Makes approx. 30 meatballs

You’ll need:

  • 1 lb ground turkey meat
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 32 oz of tomato basil spaghetti sauce

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine all of the above ingredients in a bowl. I usually throw them all in my kitchen aid and mix on low just until everything is combined. Or you could really get in there and use your hands.

Once you have your turkey mixture combined, roll your meatballs (softly – don’t pack them – this is the key to great meatballs, you don’t want them too dense!) into about 30 meatballs and place them on the parchment-lined baking sheet.

Place them in the oven and bake at 350 for 15 mins. Note: The par-baking really helps the meatballs keep their shape while they cook in the crockpot.

Add 1/3 of the spaghetti sauce to the bottom of your crockpot, then carefully add a layer of the par-baked meatballs, then a layer of sauce and repeat until all of the meatballs are in the crockpot.

Cover and cook on low for three hours.

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Sidenote for a second: I have to proclaim my love for this Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker. You set the timer and the cooking level, then after it reaches the time it automatically changes to warm. So if you only need it to cook for three hours, it’ll just keep the food warm until you’re ready! It also comes with a handy meat thermometer, which you can set as well. And last but not least, it’s portable! Have you ever tried to transport a crockpot and half your dish ends up sloshed out? Yeah…that’s happened to me. Well, this crockpot has locks on the lid to keep that from happening! I seriously love it so much, I’ve bought it for other people. 🙂

Anyway, back to the meatballs! After three hours you’ll have both kid and boyfriend approved turkey meatballs – I bet they won’t even guess they’re made out of turkey! I even made them for our Valentine’s Dinner this year 🙂

 

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Turkey Italian Meatballs on linguine, with broccoli.

 

If you make them, let me know on Facebook or Instagram!

 

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