Spicy Italian Meatballs

For your next party or tailgate, prepare a batch of these slow cooker beef and sausage meatballs. They can stay warm in the pot as guests come and go!

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  • Makes: 24 servings
  • Makes: 24 meatballs
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Bake: 30 mins 350°F
  • Cook: 4 hrs to 6 hrs (low) or 2 to 3 hours (high

Spicy Italian Meatballs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl combine egg, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup onion, pepperoncini peppers, Italian seasoning, and the 1 clove garlic; mix well. Add ground beef and sausage; mix gently until combined. Shape mixture into twenty-four 2-inch meatballs. Place meatballs in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes; drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker combine crushed tomatoes, 1/2 cup onion, the vinegar, 2 cloves garlic, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Add baked meatballs to slow cooker; stir gently to coat.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 3 hours. Skim fat from sauce before serving.

From the Test Kitchen

Meatballs can be served on their own, over hot cooked pasta, or in buns for meatball sandwiches.

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Nutrition Facts (Spicy Italian Meatballs)

  • Per serving:
  • 133 kcal cal.,
  • 9 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 4 g monounsatured fat),
  • 36 mg chol.,
  • 237 mg sodium,
  • 5 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 1 g sugar,
  • 7 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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