Slow Cooked Italian Meatballs

Servings 4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound turkey sausages casings removed
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • 1 lage egg lightly beaten
  • 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Place first 5 ingredients (lean ground beef through egg) in a large bowl.
  • Using your very clean hands, blend thoroughly then form mixture into golf ball sized meatballs; place them in a slow cooker.
  • In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients (tomatoes through black pepper); pour mixture over meatballs and gently stir to combine. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours or until meatballs are forktender and sauce has thickened.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Serve meatballs and sauce over Zucchini Pasta: Julienne or cut zucchini lengthwise into thin strips; stir-fry in olive oil over medium heat until slightly limp. Add a big salad of mixed baby greens, sliced red onion and avocado, tossed with Leanne’s Basic Vinaigrette.
NUTRITION: Per Serving: 465 Calories; 25g Fat; 45g Protein; 16g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 218mg Cholesterol; 783mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 6 Lean Meat; 2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fruit; 2 Fat. Points: 12
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