These Cheesy Slow Cooker Meatballs are quickly prepped and tossed in your favorite sauce for an easy, kid-friendly dinner that’ll put a smile on everyone’s face.
I’m so excited you guys!!
Remember last month when I told you that I am going to be creating recipes for Pillsbury.com? Well… this Cheesy Slow Cooker Meatballs Recipe is my very first one!
Want to know the best part? This recipe is so easy to make! In fact, all the recipes I share with Pillsbury will have 7 ingredients or less and take less than 30 minutes of prep time.
Easy dinners here I come!
Cheesy Slow Cooker Meatballs
Ingredients Needed For Stuffed Meatballs
- Lean Ground Beef
- Italian Style Breadcrumbs
- Seasonings – Salt & Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Parsley
- Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
My kids couldn’t get enough of these tasty little meatballs. They kept digging in to find the ooey-gooey cheese filled centers.
In fact, my picky four year old stated that it was the “best. dinner. ever.”
How To Make In Slow Cooker
Once you’ve shaped your meatballs and stuffed them with the cheese, simply pour your favorite jarred pasta sauce, or my homemade Marinara Sauce into the bottom of your slow cooker.
Place the meatballs into the sauce and let the slow cooker cook on LOW for just 4 hours.
Some cheese may want to ooze out of the meatballs, but that’s totally fine!
What To Serve With Stuffed Meatballs
Just before the meatballs are cooked, boil up some spaghetti noodles to serve with them. Here are some more great ideas to serve with your cheese stuffed meatballs…
You know that’s a win-win in my book!
Easy to make, loved by all.
Check out more Italian-inspired recipes HERE.
Cheesy Slow Cooker Meatballs
- 1 ½ lb lean, at least 80% ground beef
- ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- Salt and pepper
- 5 mozzarella sticks, cut into small pieces
- 24 oz Pasta Sauce
- 1 lb Spaghetti Noodles
- In large bowl, mix beef, bread crumbs, milk egg, salt and pepper with hands until well combined. Shape mixture into small balls about the size of a Ping-Pong ball.
- With finger, make hole in 1 ball but do not go all the way through. Place 1 piece of cheese in hole; enclose cheese by pinching hole back together. Repeat with remaining beef mixture and cheese pieces.
- Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Pour pasta sauce into cooker. Place meatballs in sauce.
- Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 hours.
- About 25 to 30 minutes before meatballs are done, cook pasta as directed on package; drain.
- Try switching out the mozzarella cheese sticks with ones of sharp Cheddar cheese or Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend.
- Add a teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder and parsley flakes to the beef mixture for an even bigger boost of flavor!
These look Fabulous! I am collecting recipes for me and my Daughter-in-laws, and I put these under 3 different Bookmarks(meatballs,Italian and slow cooker)!!!
Trish - Mom On Timeout
What awesome meatballs Shawn! And those breadsticks…YUM!
Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
How exciting to be working with Pillsbury! Love there stuff.
These meatballs look amazing! Love all that cheesy goodness. I’m new to your blog and love what I see. Started following you on twitter and can’t wait to see what you’re up to next. 🙂
Aimee @ ShugarySweets
Oh man these look incredible!! We love meatballs in our house!
My crockpot has 4 cook settings. High for 4 or 6 hours. Low for 8 or 10 hours. Would you suggest I cook the meatballs on the 4 hour high setting or put it on the 8 hour low setting only letting the meatballs cook for 4 hours? Thanks!
My family would be all over this cheesy goodness!! And those breadsticks, holy yum!
These meatballs look fabulous! So happy I found your recipe, I love slow cooker recipes! Nettie
Ummm I love this idea!! I plan to utilize my crock-pot more often…it’s cooking up some pork roast , onion, and rice as we speak for shredded pork tacos tonight! This recipe will have to be next up! YUM!
Cheesy and meatballs in one sentence?! Heck yeah!! Your four year old knows what’s up! 😉
Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)
These meatballs look like the answers to my prayers. Gosh they look so good!