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Hi! I noticed that cheese is mentioned in the directions but not listed in the ingredients. What kind of cheese and how much? Thank you!

Hi Liz – thanks for pointing this out! I use 1/4 to 1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. I love the saltiness of it. I have added this to the instructions! Thanks so much for taking the time to point this out – I truly appreciate it.


Very tasty for a low key pot luck this week.


Always a great way to feed a crowd with my slow cooker! Meatballs were so tender.

Karen - Welcome to My Kitchen

Scheduled to share 🙂

Thank you, Karen!

Kitchen Dreaming – it’s our pleasure 😀


I noticed that the homemade sauce recipe takes 8 hours to cook, and so does the meatball recipe. Does that mean you make the sauce first for 8 hours, and then cook it again with the meatballs for another 8 hours? Or do you combine both recipes’ uncooked ingredients and cook for 8 hours just once?

Hi Katie –
You’re right, I make them both at the same time and simmer them together in the crock for 8 hours. Sorry for the confusion.


I added a few more spices but what a great base recipe.


This is a good starter recipe. My daughter was able to follow it easily and make dinner in our crock pot while we were at work. Thanks!

Hi Kitty! I’m so glad your daughter found success with this simple recipe. Thanks for taking the time to come back by and share your experience with me.


Very basic recipe with flavors everyone enjoys.

Yes, Sasha, this is our most basic recipe. It’s one we can use to make or adapt in any direction flavorwise. Also great as BBQ meatballs or sweet and sour meatballs. For more intense Italian flavors, I would add a few tablespoons of dry Italian spice blend.


What a simple and tasty party idea.

Thanks, Sally. That’s very kind of you to say.


I love meatballs but hate having to babysit the stove while they simmer.