Slow Cooker Cheese Stuffed Meatballs and Sauce Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Easy

Time: 340 MINUTES

1 ratings
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  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups Italian breadcrumbs
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella, divided into 12 pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 jars your favorite tomato sauce
  • 2 lbs spaghetti, cooked al dente


In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, Parmesan, eggs, salt, pepper, garlic, basil, parsley and dried oregano. Add breadcrumbs 1/2 cup at a time until mixture is not to wet and can be formed into balls easily. Form mixture into 12 balls using your thumb to press a hole in the center. Insert a piece of the fresh mozzarella into the hole and close the hole by pushing the meatball mixture around it to secure the mozzarella inside each ball.


Heat a large saute pan over medium heat and drizzle olive oil into it. Add meatballs and cook until just browned. Using a slotted spoon, transfer meatballs into a slow cooker. Pour tomato sauce over the meatballs and cook on LOW for approximately 5 hours. Serve the stuffed meatballs and sauce over spaghetti.

Slow Cooker Cheese Stuffed Meatballs and Sauce


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1 Review

Shirley 10/30/2014
My husband loves

My husband loves this recipe. Perfect for a meat and potatoes man. He took some to work and his coworkers were loving it too. Since it's only the two of us, I take a meatball or two with some sauce and freeze them. I pull one out the day before work and voila! He has his lunch. Easy peasy.

BTW, proofreaders for Paula Deen, please recheck your preparation paragraph. Can you please change "to" in the second sentence to "too" - as in more, i.e., too much, too little, too dark, too wet, too dry, etc. You get the idea.

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