GUEST BLOGGER: Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Stew

Hi, Mommy on Demand readers! I’m glad to be back this month with another delicious recipe to share. If you are familiar with my blog, The Seasoned Mom, you know that I have a few of rules when it comes to cooking: (1) keep it simple and easy; (2) make it seasonal; and (3) be sure that it tastes delicious!

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Last month I shared our recipe for Apple Cobbler Bars, which is still one of the best desserts that I’ve made all year. If you haven’t tried them yet, I encourage you to do so!

This month, with a cooler bite in the air, I thought that it would be appropriate to offer you a new weeknight dinner solution that is comforting, easy, and incredibly family-friendly. Kids love the little meatballs in this dinner, while moms love the ease of a hands-off Crock Pot recipe.

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Serve this Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Stew with some garlic bread and you have a healthy, wholesome supper that will soon become a regular addition to your cool-weather dinner rotation!

Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Stew
Prep time
Total time
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ⅓ cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups beef broth
  • ½ cup marinara sauce (from a jar)
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt (such as Lawry’s)
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • 1 (12 ounce) package frozen Italian-style vegetables (I used Birds Eye Steamfresh Italian Blend)
  1. Place carrots in bottom of slow cooker.
  2. In a large bowl, use hands to gently combine meatball ingredients. Form meat mixture into 1-inch balls.
  3. Place meatballs on top of carrots in the slow cooker.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine tomato paste, broth, marinara, seasoned salt, oregano, and basil. Pour over meatballs.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  6. Steam vegetables in microwave until crisp-tender. Stir vegetables into stew and serve.
Adapted from the Seasoned Mom

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  1. This is perfect for my boys!! I may have to indulge too even though I don’t eat a lot of meat. Can’t resist anything Italian!

  2. Wow. This looooooks delicious!
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  3. This looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. We love meatballs and this looks like a new, fun way to enjoy them.
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  4. What a great recipe! Simple yet healthy and I know the kids will love helping to make the meatballs. Thanks for sharing on the Weekend re-Treat link party.
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