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Crockpot Marinara Meatballs

What’s that one meal that’s always a win at your house? You know, the meal where no one complains, and everyone clears their plates? SPAGHETTI NIGHT! Yep, it’s in the biweekly rotation for us, and sometimes I jazz it up with making meatballs for the sauce instead of just my go-to meat sauce. These meatballs are easy and so delicious. I usually make them in the crockpot, but I’ve also baked them in the oven, and it works just as well.


This recipe was given to me by grandmother at my bridal shower. It was from an old family friend, and it was written on the original index card in her cursive handwriting. She would bring them to church pitch-ins, and they were always a hit. I’ve made a few changes to the recipe along the way, but I use that old index card as my guide. What a treasure.


You can eat these meatballs as a stand-alone food, but if you’re planning on making an entire meal, you can choose to make pasta, spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles to put them on top of. I usually will mix some zoodles and pasta together on my plate (just to make sure I’m getting in some carbs) But you can do whatever you like! Here are links to my favorite zoodle making tools-


The kids LOVE to help with making them too!



Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 lbs. grassfed beef

  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese

  • 2 tsp. onion powder

  • 2 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1 tsp. pepper

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1 to 2 eggs

  • ¾ to 1 cup oats (can sub bread crumbs or almond flour for paleo option)

  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk (can use regular milk)

  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce of your choice

Want to make your own sauce? Use a can of plain tomato sauce and add onion and garlic powder and some dried oregano and basil to your liking.


Directions-

  • Mix everything together well (Get in there and get your hands dirty!) Make sure all the ingredients are incorporated evenly.


  • Then, start forming into balls (about 2 inch balls work)

  • Lightly spray your crockpot with cooking spray and begin to place the meatballs into the pot. *Should make about 30 balls


  • Lastly, cover your meatballs with ½ to 3/4 of the jar of spaghetti sauce. (You can use the entire jar, but we prefer to save some to heat up and add on top off our spaghetti to complete the meal. It’s up to you!)


  • Cook your meatballs on low for 5-6 hours or even longer if needed.




Optional Add-ins –


Feel free to add in some diced peppers, onions or even some chopped mushrooms into your crockpot. You can’t mess these up. Marinara Meatballs for the WIN - Enjoy!

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