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Slow cooker meatballs

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(23 ratings)

Prep: 1 hr Cook: 5 hrs


Serves 4 - 5

Try these slow cooker meatballs for a tasty family meal. Turkey mince makes lighter meatballs which kids love. They also freeze well so you can batch cook

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal260
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre5g
  • protein29g
  • salt0.21g
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  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

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  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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  • 2 carrots, finely diced



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  • 2 celery sticks, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 500g carton tomato passata
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

For the meatballs

  • 400g lean mince turkey



    While it's the traditional Christmas bird, turkey is good to eat all year round, though…

  • 4 tbsp porridge oats
  • pinch paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • spray of oil


  1. Heat the slow cooker if necessary. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic and fry gently for a minute. Pour in the passata, add the parsley and stir, then transfer the lot to the slow cooker.

  2. To make the meatballs, tip the mince into a large bowl. Add the oats, paprika, garlic and plenty of black pepper, and mix everything together with your hands. Divide the mixture into 20 lumps about the size of a walnut and roll each piece into a meatball. Spray or run a non-stick pan with a little oil and gently cook the meatballs until they start to brown. Add them to the tomato base and cook on Low for 5 hours. Serve over rice or pasta if you like, or with a green salad.

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4th Oct, 2019
Easy and straightforward but the meatballs are a tad bland and the combination of passata and carrot makes for a rather sweet sauce. I added a few chilli flakes to the turkey mince and will add more spice next time. The sauce I think I will replace with something more red wine and mushroom based, That said - a good slo-cooker recipe which just needs tweaking to suit individual taste
9th Jun, 2019
I thought this recipe would be better - it has next to no flavour. Despite all the garlic, I could barely taste it. I used turkey thigh mince because that was all the supermarket had, but it does not give a nice flavour. Possibly turkey mince would have been better, but I think I will just use regular beef mince next time - as this recipe needs all the help it can get! The parsley was completely over-powered by the tomato passata base. I added extra water to stop if drying out. I would add 1 tsp dried mixed herbs, some stock and some Worcestershire sauce next time. On the upside, my little one seemed to love it anyway!
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13th Feb, 2019
Nice recipe...did get the 20 meatballs but perhaps I made them larger than some which might explain why they were a little bit bland. Had the leftovers the next day but added some spices and served with rice ...think I liked that better. I would make again in the slow cooker.
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Kirsty Thompson
23rd Sep, 2018
This didn't work out for us. Nice and easy but way too much garlic. The meatballs dried out a little so if I made this again I'd adjust the recipe and not bother with the slow cooker.
10th Sep, 2018
Easy and amazingly flavourful. I grated all the veg as my knife skills are bad. Added a leftover cooked beetroot, half a glass of leftover wine and a teaspoon of sugar. Lush.
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