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Sunday Slow Cooker:  Italian Meatballs

Few things are more delicious and comforting than meatballs simmered low and slow in tomato sauce with hints of Parmesan, parsley, and sausage studded throughout. True Italian meatballs normally combine pork, beef, and veal to create rich deep flavors. These lightened up slow cooker meatballs use lighter turkey sausage to deepen the flavor without all the added calories and fat. They are cooked in a rich tomato sauce in the slow cooker to create delicious and moist meatballs. Try them over pasta, spaghetti squash, or stuffed in crusty rolls to make meatball sandwiches.

Crockpot Italian Meatballs
Servings: 8 servings
Serving Size: 3 meatballs
Nutritional Info: 214.7 calories, 8.6 of fat, 12.2g of carbohydrates, 2.4g of fiber, 21.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *


  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup parsley, minced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb. 93% lean ground beef
  • 2 lean chicken or turkey sausages, casing removed (1/2 lb. ground sausage meat)
  • 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes, plain or Italian
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Whisk together the egg and egg white in a bowl. Stir in the bread crumbs, 1/4 of the onion, parsley, cheese, and 3 minced garlic cloves.
  2. Gently mix in the beef and sausage until just combined. Roll out your meatballs to about 1 inch in diameter. You should get around 24. Add them to the crockpot.
  3. In a saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the remaining onion and cook for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning. Stir for 30 seconds and add the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, and bay leaf. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the sauce over the meatballs and cook on low for 6 hours.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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2 Response to Sunday Slow Cooker: Italian Meatballs

  1. Michaela on September 26, 2014

    I made Meatball sandwiches for a potluck and it was a major hit! Everyone raved how the depth of flavor was there while keeping the calories etc in check.

    NOTE: I used all Egg Beaters instead of eggs. I also switched out the breadcrumbs for whole wheat Panko. (Panko is a Japanese breadcrumb).
    We had whole wheat sub bread, low fat provolone, mozzarella, and swiss cheese options.

    YUM! Highly recommend!

  2. julie on October 12, 2014

    I was wondering if you had published the points plus value for the meatballs?

    It is possible I just missed it somehow.

    Thank You,



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