Italian Meatballs Made with Ground Turkey – Slow Cooker

Italian Meatballs Made with Ground Turkey

Slow Cooker – Freezer Meal

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My cost:  $8.43 for me to make.  I had bread crumbs, egg and spices.



2 pounds ground turkey (1 leaner than the other)

2/3 cup bread crumbs

2 tablespoons olive oil (divided 1 in meatball mixture,  1in sauté pan)

2 cloves minced garlic

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

1 large egg (beaten)

2 tablespoons dried basil

2 tablespoons dried oregano

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

1 teaspoon salt

1 gallon freezer bag

2 large sweet onions, sliced

2 large (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes

Parmesan cheese for topping at serving



  1. Mix ground turkey, bread crumbs, olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, beaten egg, basil, oregano, red pepper, and salt together, just until mixed.  Do not over work.
  2. Roll individual meatballs into desired size. Golf ball size works great.
  3. Place rolled meatballs on baking sheet
  4. Brown in medium hot skillet (in batches) for 1 minute on each side with olive oil (let cool)
  5. Place in freezer bag with large cut sliced onion and crushed tomatoes, freeze
  6. Cooking: place in crock pot frozen or thaw over night
  7. Cook on low for 6- 8 hours

Meatballs are always a favorite in my house.  By using turkey instead of beef we can change up our normal recipes and give them a fresh taste.  It is always great to try something new.  If you are just delving into cooking with ground turkey, try adding half turkey and half lean ground beef.  I think you may enjoy the transition better than jumping in head first.

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