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Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs


  • 2 1/2 pounds ground turkey meat
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup panko or regular breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 (26 ounce) jar marinara sauce (I love the Trader Joe's Tomato Basil Marinara)


  • 1) Add all the ingredients (up through the parsley) to a large bowl. Mix using a fork until combined. Do not over-mix. If mixture seems too wet, add 1 tablespoon at a time of bread crumbs until it's easy to handle and form into balls.
  • 2) Pour a small amount of sauce into the slow cooker. Just enough to cover the bottom. As you form the meatballs, place them in the cooker. I made larger size meatballs (slightly larger than the size of a golf ball) This made about 24. Pour the rest of the sauce over the meatballs and cook on low for 6-6.5 hours. Serve plain, over rice, or with pasta. 

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