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Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs & Marinara

Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs & Marinara Recipe

If you regularly shop at Trader Joe’s, then I’m sure you have your favorite (or list of favorite) Trader Joe’s products, we all have them, my list includes their apricot stilton cheese, peanut butter granola bars and soy chorizo.

I recently found out that Kurt’s favorite item is their Mini Raviolis. Unlike most packaged raviolis that you find in the refrigerator section of the grocery store, Trader Joe’s sells theirs in the dry packaged pasta section.

The first time we ate them for dinner, I couldn’t help but thinking of Chef Boyardee cans of mini raviolis with meatballs, so I decided to recreate this childhood favorite in a slow cooker recipe that takes the dish out of the can and into a fresh, flavorful recipe that’s  easy to make and sure to be a favorite for the whole family!

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Italian Meatballs with Tomato Basil Marinara

 

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For Sunday “Italian Family Dinner” last week I served up these delicious beef and pork combination Italian meatballs alongside my Ricotta Filled Arancini.

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I served them as a main course with my Tomato Basil Marinara for dipping, but they could also be served with toothpicks as hors d’oeuvre’s at a holiday party, or any time of the year!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb Italian pork sausage
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil (chopped)

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

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Form into 1/4 cup sized balls.

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Bake at 400° for 20 minutes.

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See how quick and easy that was to make homemade meatballs! No need to ever buy the frozen store-bought kind again!

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♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute veggie crumbles for the ground beef and pork to make “veggie-balls”.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Purchase gluten-free breadcrumbs or use gluten-free rice Chex cereal put through a food processor to form a fine crumb mixture.