Nov 29, 2011

Crock Pot Italian Turkey Meatballs



Crock pots are so convenient, plug them in and go to work... come home and dinner's ready! I've always wondered if I can make meatballs start to finish in my crock pot without having to bake them first. Well now I know the answer, yes you can!

I'm starting to experiment with some of my favorite recipes to see how they translate into the crock pot and I plan on posting the ones I have success with. For the stove top version of this recipe, see Skinny Italian Turkey Meatballs.


One thing I should mention, it's best to carefully form the meatballs with gentle hands, if you pack them tight they will get tough while cooking. If you prefer to bake them in the oven first, bake them for 15 minutes at 350°. Then add to the crock pot for 2 - 3 hours on low. If you want more sauce, add another can of crushed tomatoes.

The one step I wouldn't skip is browning the garlic in oil first, this is a must for best results. And of course, you all know I swear by Tuttorosso crushed tomatoes (green label.)

And since so many are asking, I have the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Slow Cooker. I love it because you can adjust the time you want it to cook, and it automatically turns to warm when it's done. It also has a probe for meat that automatically shuts off when done. I hated my old crock pot, it burnt everything and my food had a weird taste. This crock pot is great, I am very happy with it and it's only about $28 on Amazon right now!


Crock Pot Italian Turkey Meatballs
Adapted from my stove top Skinny Italian Turkey Meatball recipe.
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 6 • Size: 4 meatballs with sauce • Old Points: 5 pt • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 200.4 • Fat: 8.1 g • Carbs: 12.6 • Fiber: 0.6 • Protein: 17.3 g • Sugar: 4.4
Sodium: 427.5 mg


Ingredients:

  • 20 oz (1.3 lb) ground turkey breast 93% lean
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Reggiano Parmigiano cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp kosher salt + fresh pepper
For the sauce:
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes (I like Tuttorosso)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil or parsley

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, garlic and cheese. Using clean hands, mix all the ingredients and form small meatballs, about 1/8th cup each.


In a small saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until golden, being careful not to burn. 

Pour crushed tomatoes into the crock pot with bay leaf. Add garlic and oil.


Drop meatballs into the sauce, cover and set crock pot to low, 4 to 6 hours. When meatballs are ready, adjust salt and pepper to taste and add fresh chopped basil or parsley.
Serve with ricotta, over pasta or enjoy with French bread.



Makes about 24 meatballs, 2 tbsp each.

147 comments :

  1. I've always wondered if you could cook ground beef in a crock pot too. Thanks for posting this!

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    1. i cook ground beef in the crock pot ALL the time! the great thing is, is it really never gets dry like chicken if you over cook it!

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  2. This looks great! I've also been wondering about cooking ground meat in the crock pot, because, honestly, it's not much of a time saver if you have to bake them first. I can't wait to try this!

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  3. Does this recipe actually call for 1/4 cup of the basil in the sauce? Ive used one of your recipes that's similar to this (the marinara sauce) and I dont recall there being that much basil - is it different because we're cooking with meat?

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  4. These look delicious! I love that they are a crock pot recipe!

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  5. These look amazing! I love meatballs:)

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  6. Yum I love recipes that can be converted to crock-pot cooking!

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  7. Thanks Heather, I am trying to do that with a lot of my recipes. :)

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  8. Can't wait to try these! Your recipes have been wonderful!! Thank you!!!

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  9. Is it okay to use the 99% FF ground turkey or does it have to be the 93%?

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    1. I use 99% FF ground turkey but add a bit more bread crumbs so they stick together.

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  10. Hi Gina! I love your recipes--thanks for your posts. What are your thoughts on leaving the meatballs longer than 6 hours, on low? I'm usually out at work for closer to 9 hours, and I'm never sure how long additional time will affect recipes like these.

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  11. Now if only I could find a way to get my crockpot to roll the meat into the balls!

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  12. Danielle yes you can, I personally find them to be dryer, it's a matter of taste.

    Tara, not sure, if anyone cooks it longer, let me know! I just bought a new crock pot that allows you to set any time you want, I love it! It turns to warm after it's done.

    Lisa, that would be brilliant!

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  13. THese look excellent! I love anything in a crockpot because it's so simple and when you get home dinners ready! love it.

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  14. Gina, what a great idea. I saw a recipe where you microwave the meatballs for a few minutes (to firm them up) and then add to the crockpot, but this sounds even easier!

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  15. I didn't see the number of cans of tomatoes? Looks great.

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  16. Great sounding recipe. I'm looking for more crock-pot recipes and this one sounds like a winner!

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  17. Looks great and its on my list for this weekend.

    One question. You said its 4 meatballs with sauce for 5 points. How much sauce is included?

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  18. Do you have a suggestion for using raw, pre frozen meatballs? Would the cook time be the same or should I add some time? (Currently in the process of trying to plan for my Once a month cooking day :))

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  19. its great
    i'll try it
    thanks for sharing

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  20. I've been loving my crockpot lately - this simple healthy recipe would make my kids super happy. I prefer to brown the meatballs first in the oven or in a little oil stovetop. Like your tip about browning the garlic for extra flavor.

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  21. Wow, this is an awesome recipe! I love it!! I want to make these, but I don't have time to brown the garlic. Dam it!! These would of made for a good meatball sandwich for hubby and a just plain for me, sided with a big salad!

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  22. Oh me I just figured out what we are having for dinner tonight! Good thing I'm not working outside my home today (will be getting a few things at store shortly then I'm good to go). Thanks for sharing this bet it will be wonderful

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  23. Hi Gina,

    How many 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes does the sauce part of this recipe? I wasn't sure if it was just 1 or not. This recipe looks amazing, and I just can't wait to make it! I love my crockpot! Thanks!!

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  24. I wonder what the points value would be if you used extra lean ground beef? It's really tough to find ground turkey at my grocery store, or any turkey at all out of holiday season for that matter....
    Would love to know!
    As always, Thanks Gina for keeping us inspired in the kitchens and healthfully full!

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  25. Gina - can I ask what crockpot you use? Mine runs REALLY hot and even when it switches to warm, it's more like low on a regular crockpot. I'm in the market for a new one!

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  26. Thank you Gina for converting your meatball recipe to a crock pot recipe. I have them cooking right now and look forward to future crock pot recipes from you! I have tried many of your recipes and all of them turn out great. Hope you produce a book someday!!

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  27. Gina, I was also wondering what the difference in point value would be if I used ground beef instead of turkey. Please let me know, and thanks for all that you do! :)

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  28. Just when I think I can't love your website any more, you post yet another amazing recipe! I cannot wait to try this one!!!

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  29. How many cans? You don't say.....

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  30. ok, I am writing another review on this recipe. Should have waited until the cooking was done ~ this is a delicious, delicious recipe!! I already had a tried and true meatball & gravy recipe but will now use yours. My family loved it. (By the way, I doubled the tomatoes and garlic.) Thank you!

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  31. I bought my first crock pot a couple of weeks ago so I've been looking for slow cooker recipes and this one looks delic! :)

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  32. This looks delicious! Can't wait to give it a try.

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  33. I prepared these for dinner tonight and they were delicious!!! My husband is not a very big ground turkey fan...so thank you for sharing the recipe. He loved them!!!

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  34. Just made these tonight and they are the BEST meatballs I have ever made! I can't believe how moist they are! I'm never making meatballs any other way again! Thank you!!!

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  35. OMG. These meatballs were sooo good. I made these earlier in the week, and it turned out awesome. We had "spaghetti" and meatballs. I roasted spaghetti squash and served it with the meatballs. A filling meal with low points. Thanks Gina

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  36. I made this yesterday and it came out awesome and was super easy to make! I followed your recipe 100% and both my non diet friendly hubbie and my Italian born mother loved it. My mom liked it so much she was thinking of going out and buying a crock pot.

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  37. I apologize if this was already asked in the comments but due to severe lack of sleep last night thanks to my 2-year-old I don't have the patience to read them :). Anyway, what size are the meatballs in your pictures? I know it says 1/8th of a cup or 2 TBSP above so would you say about the size of a golf ball? Sometimes I do better with visual references :) - THANKS!!

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  38. I'm so glad you all liked them!!

    This is a 5 quart pot, it's brand new. I just bought it because my older one ran too hot and burnt everything.

    I used one can of tomatoes but 2 would be good if you want more sauce.

    The points would probably slightly higher with beef, depending on how lean the beef is. I would use recipe builder to see the difference.

    So glad Nonna approved of these! :)

    2 tbsp is about the size of a golf ball I guess!

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  39. I made this over the weekend. Fabulous and so easy! Thank you! Can't wait for the leftovers this week for lunch!

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  40. What kind of crock pot is the new 5 quart? I am looking for a new larger one for the same reason!! The one I have runs too hot and when I contacted the company they told me supposedly it runs on the same temp whether low or high but cycles differently. Makes no sense to me - all I know is that it overcooks the food!!

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  41. Oh good question! I will link to it at the top but it's the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go.

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  42. The crock pot you linked is not 5 quart, and it does not have a timer that switches to warm after a pre-set time...

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  44. Yummo!!! made these today and love them...sauce is so tasty
    great idea to serve with ricotta

    so enjoy your blog
    thanks
    wintkat

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  45. I have yet to be disappointed with anything yet Gina! I this on an open faced mini dinner roll with a pinch of mozzarella cheese and some roasted garlic, popped it in the oven for a few minutes and it was amazing! Perfect and fit right into my points! This I will definitely make again, especially because it's so easy with the crock pot!

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  46. Made this tonight! first time making homemade meatballs and these are surprisingly good.....I have only eaten beef meatballs before and was wary of the turkey but they are yummy!

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  47. These were amazing- and held together great in our crockpot!

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  48. Some advice for using a crockpot and cooking only 6 hours when you are gone for longer than 6... Use a lamp timer that you plug into the wall. Set the time for when you want the crockpot to start cooking and when you want it to stop. Just plug it in and turn it on low or whatever and then plug the timer in with your set time. It will start and stop when you say and you won't over cook your meat or whatever.

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  49. I recently bought a new crockpot and because of the settings, I had mine cooking on low for 8 hours before it switched to warm setting for a few more hours before I got home.
    It may have been dry by some standards, but I thought this is a fantastic recipe, and my boyfriend LOVED it.
    It was also my first go with Tuttorosso - I usually use my homemade canned crushed tomatoes, but Gina you were right! This is a great brand - the sauce was fantastic.

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  50. So glad you all liked them!

    September, aren't they great!

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  51. These were delicious! I used my own homemade crushed tomatoes, but other wise I followed the recipe exactly. Browning the garlic in the oil really made this too. Also, to form the meatballs, I used my cookie scoop. It's exactly 2 Tbsp and it made rolling them so fast and easy!

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  52. I made this today and it is wonderful. The taste is out of this world. Only thing I would do is put alittle more sauce to have extra, otherwise this is fantastic. I love all the recipes I have tired on this site, they are all fantastic and with great flavors. Thank You Gina for this great site. Please keep it going.

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  53. Gina, a huge thank you to you! I've tried a few of your recipes, and my husband, and my two year old have loved them all! Made these meatballs the other night they were awesome, and my house smelled heavenly! Last night I made the Asian glazed chicken with thighs instead of drum's! Yummy! I started WW 2 weeks ago have lost 3.5 lbs already! Thank you for giving me something new to look forward to!! Your awesome!!

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  54. We had this recipe last night and just loved it. I switched the turkey to lean beef (I'm somewhat allergic to turkey) and served it over spaghetti squash with ricotta cheese. The sauce was amazing and the meatballs were delicious. This is a keeper!

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  55. Krista Beyer12/14/11, 11:10 AM

    My husband made this for me yesterday morning since he didn't have to go to work until 12pm and it was so delicious! I could not believe how much I loved the meatballs because I was raised on my Mother's homemade Italian beef meatballs and thought that they wouldn't be as good. Boy, was I wrong. The only thing I didn't like was that my husband forgot the basil and parsley and the sauce needs it. I think next time when I make it, I will even add some dry seasonings to the sauce before heading to work. Bravo! :)

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  56. These were FABULOUS!! I love your filetto di pomodoro sauce, but this sauce was amazing too! I used freshly grated Asiago instead of the Reggiano Parmigiano. The meatballs held together just fine and I couldn't believe how moist they were for turkey.

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  57. I made these today and they were delicious! As an FYI, I cooked them on low for 10 hours and they were moist and flavorful. The only change I made was to double the tomatoes. This is a keeper recipe. Thank you!

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  58. I made these for dinner tonight and they were absolutely delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great. Next time I may mince the garlic clove that is in the actual meatball. Honestly, every recipe I've tried on your site has been amazing and filling. Thanks for another great meal!

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  59. @Megan - I don't think anyone answered your question about 1/4 cup of basil in the sauce. That would be fresh basil. Maybe the other recipe you were referring to called for dried basil, and you would only use a tsp or so. With fresh herbs you use much more.

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  60. Hi! Mmm… Yummy! Meat balls remind me of my childhood which my parents used to make especially during my birthday. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  61. If you put mushrooms in the sauce would it be too long to cook them in there the whole time?

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  62. I made this tonight for our dinner. My husband always complains when I make spaghetti because it is bland. (I only use turley and he likes beef.) I wasn't sure this would be flavorful enough for him, but he LOVED it. And the bonus is that our two year old and I loved it too. This is going into regular rotation in our house!

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  63. glad you all liked them!!

    mushrooms only take an hour in the crock pot, add them in the end.

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  64. Delicious!! These were super easy to put together, and even easier using the crockpot. My fiance & I have very busy schedules, and work opposites days, so using the crockpot is nearly a must for us. I look forward seeing new crockpot meals!

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  65. they are very pretty but mine ended up quite bland. not sure what i did wrong?! :(

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  66. How long would you cook these on the high setting?

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  67. Gina - In the recipe you stated cook 4-6 hours on low. How long did you actually cook yours for? I am excited to try these (finally) today or tomorrow!!

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  68. Hi Gina!
    First of all your AWESOME!! Second, do you have a crock pot brand you recommend? I am in the market for one and there is so many! Thanks in advance.

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    1. Gina uses the Hamilton Beach Programmable crock pot and I do too. I actually have 2 Hamilton Beach crock pots and I LOVE both. My first one is a 'Stay or Go' and my second is the same as Gina's. She has a link to it in her post.

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  69. Gina,
    I've loved all the different meatballs I've made off your site so far. They often include Reggiano Parmigiano cheese, and recently we discovered my 18 month old daughter cannot have cheese, so I was wondering if you think they would work as well without the cheese, or if there was something you might suggest we use instead. I would really appreciate your thoughts. Thanks!
    Lydia

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  70. Do you have the Hamilton Beach 33967 Set 'n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker? I have the Store and Go and it doesn't have a probe or switch temps automatically. I'd really like to buy one that someone is already happy with...tired of buying and trying and being stuck! Thx!!!

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  71. *Stay or Go* is the one I had...typo! ;)

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  72. I'm making these right now, but I accidently bought ground chicken instead of turkey...anyone try these with chicken before? I'll let you know how it comes out

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  73. These meatballs were delicious. I added some oregano and hot pepper flakes to the sauce, but that's just my personal preference. I cooked mine for 8 hours and the meatballs were perfect, not too dry, actually very moist!

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  75. Hi! If you were going to double does the cooking time change?

    Thanks!

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  76. Can I use Panko crumbs??

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  77. I made these last week and they were delicious. Be sure that all the meatballs are tucked into the sauce otherwise they can dry out. I didn't have whole wheat bread crumbs so had to add a point or 2 but I didn't need a ton of breadcrumbs anyway. Served this with roasted green beans and the rosemary garlic biscuits---a great meal enjoyed by me and my picky husband for a couple days!

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  78. You always use Tuttorosso Crushed Tomatoes with the green label. The only Tuttorosso Crushed Tomatoes with the green label that I can find is the New World Style Crushed Tomatoes with basil. Is that the correct one? because then you add basil to your recipe...wouldn't that be toomuch basil?

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    1. Yes, the green label is the one I prefer!

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  79. I made this recipe today for Valentine's Day. Two thumbs up from my husband and me! I can't wait to bring leftovers into work tomorrow for lunch!

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  80. I am craving this for tonight, however if I had to cook it for 4 hours, it wouldn't be done until about 8:30pm...any thoughts on cooking it on high for 2-3 hrs?

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  81. I made this over the weekend and my family scarfed them down---even my super-picky 14 yr old loved them! I forgot to do them in the crockpot so found the stovetop directions, and I did throw a parmesan rind into the sauce. Molto bene, molto grazie!!

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  82. Delicious! i made these tonight using only white meat turkey and they were still delicious.

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  83. Gina, this recipe looks great. Going to try it tonight. In your original recipe you suggested putting onion in the sauce and removing it at the end. Do you add the onion in this recpie as well? I would imagine it would add some sweetness to the dish.

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    1. Sure you can if you want. I never make it the same way twice, improvise with what you have on hand.

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  84. I made these tonight and they were FANTASTIC! I didn't have time to let them cook in the crockpot, so I baked them for about 10 min and then cooked them the rest of the way by simmering in the tomato sauce. I loved how easy and healthy it was! Cant wait for the leftovers tomorrow! :D

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  85. Hi!
    How much sauce is included in the points plus value?
    Thank you!

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  86. Made meatballs for the first time last night, ever! They were simply delicious. I used the 2-28oz. cans of crushed tomatoes and added one extra can of diced tomatoes, and it made TONS of extra sauce. I made the spinach shells last week and put the extras in the freezer, will use the extra sauce with those. Oh, and the flavor of the sauce is way better than any store-bought brand. A must try recipe!

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  87. I have a question. I used two cans of sauce and now I have a lot left over. How many points would it be for just the sauce ( without Any meatballs)? This recipe was delicious by the way. I was nervous using ground turkey, but this recipe is definitely a keeper. Thank you!

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  88. i made this last night but my sause came out thick and i only cooked it for 4 hours maybe i neede 2 cans of sause can some one help me!

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    1. Different brands may vary, if it came out too thick next time try adding a little broth to it, or even water or add another 1/2 can.

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  89. first time making meatballs7/24/12, 9:11 AM

    I know you said to cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. But what exact length of time do you recommend? I see someone else asked this and it hasnt been answered yet, and i am very curious too. Also, how do you know when they're ready?
    Thanks!

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    1. Crock pot's vary. Mine usually cooks faster than recommended times. It will depend on your crockpot.

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  90. Umm.. I'm afraid and sad to say we didn't really like this. I think it was the turkey. All the ingredients that went into the meatball, I use in beef meatballs. I'm so sad, cause I just wanted to like it, b/c I love love LOVE italian-y foods... oh well. I'm making the baked oatmeal now! Can't wait.

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  91. LOVED this! Thanks for the recipe :) I put fresh rosemary and some dried Italian herbs in the meatballs because I didn't have any parsley and it was great.

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  92. Cooking as we speak.. Very simple and smells wonderful.. Love your recipes..

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  93. My whole family raved about these meatballs! Thanks for a delicious and healthy recip:)

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  94. I made this tonight and it was amazing, the kids and hubby ate it with spagetti and i made a meatball sub. Just enough leftover for lunch tomorrow! I put it in at 1pm on high for about 2-3 hours and then left it on warm. I did find that the liquid of the turkey floated at the top so about 2 hours in I stirred it up and covered up the meatballs. It was delish and I plan to have this on my regular routine.

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  95. I have yet to find one of your recipes that I do not like. You are amazing! Thank you for being my go-to site when planning my menu! These were delish. My kids absolutely loved them too, which is a major plus! Keep up the great work. You have no idea how much your readers appreciate it!

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  96. I just discovered I am gluten intolerant and had just bought everything to make these. With what can I substitue the breadcrumbs?

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    1. Oatmeal is a great substitute for breadcrumbs!!! :)

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  97. Your Web Site is my new Favorite for Food and we love Food. Thank you for doing such a nice job. Just made my first of your recipes. Your Turkey Meatballs! They were just right! Again Thank You!

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  98. Do you know how these are if made and refrigerated for a day or two?

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  99. I want to make these for a potluck at work. Do you think it would be ok to prepare them the night before, or would the meatballs get soggy? Would you suggest that I refrigerate the meatballs and sauce separately, or would it be ok to refrigerate them together overnight?

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  100. Thanks! I have a ton of fresh frozen elk meat. And have been looking for recipes to make it not taste like wild game. And Yay! This totally worked. Substituted ground elk for the turkey. They were a hit and lifesaver being able to cook them in the crockpot. Love your all of your recipes we have tried so far.

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  101. Absolutely delicious! Added a splash of red wine and brown sugar to balance the acidity and was blown away by the flavor! Another gem :) thanks so much Gina!

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  102. If you have more meatballs then you need, do you freeze them before cooking or after ?

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  103. I make this recipe at least once a month with the addition of a finely chopped onion and a cup of sliced button mushrooms. Leftovers freeze well for later in the month.

    Yum!

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  104. I'm making these as I type. Question: your serving size says 4 meatballs and 6 servings total. That would be 24 meatballs. I used a 1/8 measuring cup and mine only made 15 meatballs :( I prepared using 20 oz of ground turkey. Is 1/8 cup just an approximation? Btw, I've made these before and they are delicious! One of my many favorites from your website. Thank you so much for your fantastic, creative, and healthy recipes!

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  105. Hi Gina, I made your escarole soup today (YUM!), so I doubled the meatball recipe and froze 1/2 the turkey meatballs while I was at it. How long would you recommend cooking them in the crock pot from frozen? Thanks!

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    1. They were done from frozen in six hours on low. Very moist! Very delicious! I like the idea of making a whole bunch one Sunday and having them throughout the month.

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  106. I believe you meant the Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget 6-Quart Slow Cooker since the "Stay or Go" is not programmable and doesn't have a meat probe. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hamilton-Beach-Set-n-Forget-6-Quart-Slow-Cooker/16913518

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  107. I made these for dinner tonight and they were delicious! I hollowed out some French bread rolls, put the meatballs and sauce on with some mozzarella cheese. Then put them in the oven to melt the cheese and crisp up the bread a bit. Will definitely be making these again!!

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  108. This is really good! I'm gluten free... so I just grate a piece of gf bread and use in place of the breadcrumbs. A winner for the entire family. Thank you.

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  109. I don't know why I was skeptical...these were delicious! I was worried because I've never cooked ground meat in the crock pot before. I had to let these cook longer than suggested because I wasn't home and my crock pot isn't fancy and they were still so yummy! Another winner of a recipe! Everything, and I've tried a lot of your recipes, have been absolutely amazing! Thank you!!

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  110. surprising my husband with this tonight! he loves meatballs so i hope it turns out delicious!

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  111. My husband and I love this recipe! We've made it several time since stumbling on SkinnyTaste. We've made some minor adjustments such as avoiding the garlic and switching up the grated cheeses from time to time. It always comes out great! In fact, I've written two blog posts to toot your horn! http://bit.ly/11yesgD
    Cheers,
    Sarah C.
    http://tobemrscollier.blogspot.com

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  112. I made these tonight and they were very good. But, I found the sauce went bland in the crockpot. I've made the stove top version before and it was amazing. Any advice on how to keep it from getting bland in the crockpot?

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  113. Can I make the meatballs without the cheese?

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  114. I just got a crockpot, and this was the first dish I made with it! I added onions to the sauce, and then served it as a meatball sub with melted mozzarella on top. My boyfriend was in heaven! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe :)

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  115. Being vegetarian if I were to use "veg. sausage" cut into balls, will they cook the same way as meatballs?
    Thanks

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  116. Being vegetarian if i were to use veg. Sausage(soya)cut into balls, will they be cooked same way, as meatballs.
    Thanks

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  117. Being an Italian married to a non-beef eater, I've been resigned to a turkey lifestyle for years. I used to be bitter about it, but now I don't even miss it. That being said, these were awesome! I served on crusty italian bread and topped with fresh parmesan. My nine year old ate two. Score! Here's a tip from my mom: When forming meatballs, run your hands under running water for a just a second. The water left over will help keep your meatballs together.

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  118. I just made this the other night. How do you keep your meatballs from getting so heavy and dense? The flavor was good, but the turkey was not the same as the beef. Any tips?

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  119. Is it possible to make the meatballs without egg? They look good but there is an egg allergy in the group.

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  120. I just made these and they are fantastic! The turkey meat is a little dense, but I did precook them in the oven. Next time I will precook for less time or not at all. Great recipe!

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  121. Gina, I love your recipes. I saw your comment regarding the brand of crock pot. I have a Rival, 6 qt. and I don't like the texture of meats I cook in them. Do you think switching to another brand might improve the texture? I've read some poor reviews on Amazon on the Rival brand, folks say it is too hot, even on low. Thanks for your help.

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  122. The crock pot link is incorrect. You want the set and go. http://www.hamiltonbeach.com/programmable-slow-cookers-set--forget-6-qt-programmable-slow-cooker-33969.html

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  123. I have used this recipe multiple times and my family LOVES it. Will it work just as well with 99% lean turkey breast?

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  124. I made these overnight and while the meatballs themselves came out great, my Rival non-programmable crockpot burnt the sauce even on warm. Just ordered the slow cooker you recommended which should arrive on Monday. I will be making this again in the new crockpot and can't wait to taste the difference!

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  125. bomb dot com! super win on this recipe. I made the meatballs the night before and refrigerated them overnight. Dropped them in the slow-cooker with sauce for 5 hours the next day while at work and the family loved it! Thank you for another winner.

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  126. So just one can of crushed tomatoes in this revised version?

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  127. These were fantastic, I used an icecream scoop for form the balls so that I didn't need to pack the meat densely at all. Fantastic. I did prebake them for 15 minutes and cooked for 3 hrs on low as directly. They were cooked, juicy and tender! YUM!

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  128. I've made these meatballs several times now, and they always turn out absolutely amazing. I've never tried them in the crock pot, I just cook them in a pan with a tad bit of grapeseedgrape seed oil. I usually triple the recipe when I make it so I have them all week to take for lunch at work. Amazing recipe, thank you for sharing it!

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  129. Am i the only one whole has very sticky turkey meatballs? I don't know if it's the kind of turkey i use but i end up having to add a bit more breadcrumb and cheese, and even then it's still very sticky. I can't really even roll them i just kind of form them. Anyways i got them to fit in the crockpot all at once although it's a very tight fit. I started late so i have them cooking on high for 3-4 hours. Hope that works out! I made these once before in a skillet and they came out fantastic!

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  130. I love the idea of turkey meatballs! I'm trying to cut down on red meat. I was wondering if you ever skipped the breadcrumbs for this recipe? Would they still turn out alright without the breadcrumbs? I'm have an intolerance to gluten so I need to avoid bread. If I increased the Parmesan cheese maybe? Thanks!

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  131. Alanna-I just made these two days ago. This recipe called for whole wheat breadcrumbs, which I didn't have but I wanted to get a punch of whole grain in my meatballs so I took whole oats and ground them up in my food processor to make oat flour. I did 1/2 italian breadcrumbs and 1/2 oat flour. I bet you could use only oat flour, which is GF. I'm no expert, but I don't think just increasing Parm cheese would work because it doesn't bind the meat together in the same way as breadcrumbs/oats. Hope this helps!

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  132. I swear these meatballs used to have zucchini in them.... Am I delusional or was the recipe changed? I used to loved that I could sneak zucchini into my meatballs!

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  133. I believe theres a meatball recipe with spinach but I havent seen one with zucchini

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  134. I made these today and my 11 year-old just ate five meatballs. It was great because they are nice and soft and he just had his braces adjusted. My house smells great all day. I love the flavor the meatballs give the sauce

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  135. In the recipe, it says 28oz cans crushed tomatoes. Is it suppose to be two or is it just a typo.

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  136. I tried these last night and they are great. We are gone all day so I put the crock pot on low for 11 hours and they were perfect.
    dianem

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