Cheesy Slow Cooker Meatballs

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!

Cheesy Slow Cooker Meatballs

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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

Meatball mixture in bowl with cheese strings beside it

Ingredients Needed For Stuffed Meatballs

  • Lean Ground Beef
  • Italian Style Breadcrumbs
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Seasonings – Salt & Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Parsley
  • Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Stuffing meatballs with cheese

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!

Uncooked meatballs in pasta sauce inside slow cooker

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…

Cheesy Slow Cooker Meatballs

You know that’s a win-win in my book!

Easy to make, loved by all.

Check out more Italian-inspired recipes HERE.

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Cheesy Slow Cooker Meatballs

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time5 hrs 28 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 228 kcal
Author: Shawn

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.
Notes
  • 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!

Nutrition

Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 443mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords: Cheesy, meatballs, Slow Cooker
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
15 Responses
  1. Kathy

    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)!!!

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. Tara

    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!

  4. 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!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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