Sunday Slow Cooker: Italian Meatballs

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244 CALORIES 16g CARBS 9g FAT 25g PROTEIN
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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.
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Sunday Slow Cooker: Italian Meatballs

Sunday Slow Cooker: Italian Meatballs

PREP TIME: 20 Min
COOK TIME: 6 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 6 Hours, 20 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1 U egg
  • 1 U egg white
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs (leave out for low carb)
  • 1 U small onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup parsley, minced
  • 6 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb 95% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. lean ground turkey sausage
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 U bay leaf

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Instructions

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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.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 3 meatballs (301g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244
Calories from Fat 58
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
14%
Saturated Fat 3g
17%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 84mg
28%
Sodium 910mg
40%
Total Carbohydrate 16g
5%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 6g
Protein 25g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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