Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs and Tomato Sauce

By Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Adapted from The Magical Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs and Tomato Sauce

Classic meatballs and tomato sauce, made lighter with ground turkey and easy by simmering all day in your slow cooker!


  • For Meatballs:
  • 1.2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup dried onion
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • For Tomato Sauce:
  • 1 (28 oz.) can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (14 oz) cans of diced tomatoes (I used ones that were seasoned)
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 2 TBS. brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 TBS dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes


  1. Make the meatballs by combining all meatball ingredients except olive oil in a large bowl. With a small ice cream scoop, form into meatballs. Heat large skillet over med-high heat and add olive oil. Brown the meatballs on all sides, but do not cook all the way through. (about 5 minutes). Remove meatballs to paper towel lined plate and set aside.
  2. Add all ingredients for sauce to a 6-quart slow cooker and stir. Add in the browned meatballs and stir.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours without opening lid during cooking time.
  4. Serve over cooked pasta and garnish with grated Parmesan cheese. This would also make awesome meatballs subs!

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.

Cook time: 08 hrs. 00 mins.

Total time: 8 hrs. 15 mins.

Tags: The Magical Slow Cooker, Turkey, Meatballs, Sauce, Slow Cooker, Tomato