Slow Cooker Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs
Confession. It’s been a reallllly long time since I last pulled out my slow cooker. I drank the Instant Pot Kool-Aid last summer and I haven’t looked back since. It’s not that I hated my slow cooker, but with working full-time and being so busy, the IP seems to better fit our life during the weekdays.
I’ve been feeling a little sad for my slow cooker. And while I love how quickly the IP cooks everything, there is something really comforting about the smell of a delicious meal cooking low and slow on a lazy Sunday afternoon and I’ve missed it!
So, I dug it back out last week and made these awesome mozzarella-stuffed meatballs!
The recipe is pretty straightforward, just some ground beef, eggs, seasonings, and breadcrumbs. I recommend some good mozzarella cheese to stuff in the middle. I’ve used mozzarella string cheese and it just didn’t seem to stay nice and melted.
You may also notice the added step of browning the meatballs. I highly suggest not skipping this step as browning the meatballs helps to lock in so much flavor.
One tip I want to share is to avoid overmixing. When soaking in sauce for a long time, meatballs can start to break apart easily. So, you don’t need to stir these that much and if you do, do it gently to avoid breaking the meatballs!
You can serve these meatballs in a variety of ways too! Serve them with any type of pasta, zoodles, or even in a sub roll!
For the meatballs:
For the sauce:
Serving Size: 1 meatball with 1/2 cup sauce
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252 Total Fat: 12.3g Saturated Fat: 4.7g Trans Fat: .32g Cholesterol: 103mg Sodium: 481mg Carbohydrates: 11.2g Fiber: 2.6g Sugar: 6.5g Protein: 24.6g