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Slow Cooker Homemade Tomato Sauce with Meatballs
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Tomato Sauce, Slow Cooker, Pasta
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ cups bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves of garlic; crushed
  • 1 TBS dried parsley
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup milk
Tomato Sauce
  • 1 - 28 oz. can tomato puree
  • 1 - 28 oz. can whole peeled plum tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic; crushed
  • 1 TBS. dried basil leaves
  • 2 TBS. dried parsley
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup water
  1. In a bowl, combine the meat, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, pepper, parsley, and milk together in a large bowl.
  2. Shape into meatballs and then chill for 15-30 minutes so they firm up.
  3. Heat just enough oil to cover the bottom of a heavy frying pan. My heavy pan needs 2 TBS. oil.
  4. Add the meatballs to the frying pan and brown on all sides. You are not cooking them all the way, you are just browning them.
  5. Remove the meatballs from the pan and place on a baking tray that is covered with paper towels to drain.
  6. Continue with the directions for the homemade tomato sauce and then add the meatballs.
Tomato Sauce
  1. Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker.
  2. Gently break up the plum tomatoes using the back of a spoon, potato masher or a Pampered Chef Mix 'n Chop Kitchen Tool.
  3. Add the meatballs.
  4. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.
  5. Serve over pasta and enjoy.
  6. Store unused tomato sauce and meatballs in the refrigerator or freezer.
Recipe Notes

If you want a more smoother tomato sauce you can add the plum tomatoes to a blender to get the consistency you like before adding them to the slow cooker. My family likes chunky sauce, so I usually use my Mix 'n Chop Kitchen Tool from Pampered Chef to break up the tomatoes before adding the meatballs. I also like to add a little wedge of Parmesan cheese to the slow cooker to give it extra flavor.