Crockpot Turkey Meatballs


1 1/2 pounds ground turkey or beef

1 1/4 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon chopped roasted garlic

1/2 medium sweet onion, chopped

1 egg

4 single serving mozzarella cheese sticks, cut into 18 pieces

1 28-ounce jar spaghetti sauce

1 16-ounce can crushed tomatoes


In a bowl, mix the ground turkey, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, parsley, garlic, onion and egg.  Combine thoroughly and shape into 18 meatballs.  Make a small indentation into each meatball and place a piece of cheese into the middle.  Shape the ground turkey mixture around the cheese to make a round meatball.  Repeat for all meatballs.


In a slow cooker, mix the spaghetti sauce and crushed tomatoes.  Place the meatballs into the sauce mixture.  Cook on LOW for 6 hours.  Serve with cooked spaghetti or rice.


** Meatballs can be prepared and frozen.  Allow an additional 2 hours of cooking time if starting from the frozen meatballs.