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I was in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs. I have made a paleo friendly meatball recipe before and posted the recipe. It was good! This one is great! I cooked them in the slow cooker this time.  I used half mild italian sausage instead of just ground pork , added some coconut milk to add moisture and I didn’t brown them first, I cooked them in the sauce from raw. The difference? They came out moister (Is that a word? moister?) and more flavorful. OMG, you’ll burn your current recipe for sure. Here we go!

Ingredients:

Meatballs: I made a huge batch because I was bringing some to share with my Crossfit buddies. This is a double recipe so feel free to half this for a smaller batch.

  • 2 lbs of ground beef (as always grass-fed is best. You know the drill)
  • 2 lbs mild italian sausage (as always, pastured or humanely raised is best)
  • 4 eggs (pastured or at the very least  free range/organic if possible)
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 parmesan cheese (if you are tolerant)
  • 4 cloves of garlic pressed
  • 2-3 tbs chopped fresh basil
  • 2-3 tbs chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tbs fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tbs sea salt
Sauce: Again a double recipe.
  • 2 large cans of crush tomatoes (organic if possible)
  • 1 large can of tomato sauce (ditto above)
  • 4 gloves or garlic pressed
  • 1 medium sweet onion sliced very thin ( If you have a mandolin, use it)
  • 2-3 tbs fresh basil chopped
  • 2-3 tbs fresh oregano chopped
  • 2 tbs fresh thyme chopped
  • 1-2 tbs fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tbs sea salt
  • ( yes you can use dried herbs)

For the Meatballs: Throw it all in bowl and mush it all up until completely blended and completely incorporated. TIP: If you have a Kitchenaid mixer, this would be a great use for it. It really helps mix all this raw meat perfectly. If not, toss away the spoon and get your hands dirty! Mix and squeeze and squish! Next start rolling! Grab small to medium handfuls and roll into balls. Remember they will shrink down to about 3/4 of the size they are raw as they cook.

For the sauce: In a separate bowl, mix all the ingredients together EXCEPT the onion and set aside.

I started with a thin layer of onions on the bottom of the crock pot so the raw meatballs wouldn’t stick to the bottom and would absorb the flavor. (My daughter Mia doesn’t like chunks of onion in her meatballs so this works well) Lay out a layer of meatballs on top of the onion and then add some of the sauce until the meat balls are just covered. Then add another layer of onion, then meatballs, then sauce until the pot is full or you run out of ingredients. I have a big crock pot so I was able to fit it all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can do this the night before like I did. Place the whole crock pot in the fridge overnight then just take it out in the morning and plug it in! If you have less than 5 hours cook on high. If you have pretty much all day because you are at work, then you can leave it on low. By the time you get home from an 8 hour day you will have this to look forward to when you get home:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yum! Right? My mom and I ate ours over zucchini noodles. Mia and Matt ate theirs over gluten-free quinoa pasta, they just could not eat another zucchini noodle. These meatballs got a huge thumbs up from everyone as definitely the best ones so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eat your heart out! Or just go make them! Yumm!!!

 

 

 

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15 Responses to “My New Favorite Crockpot Paleo Meatball Recipe! I outdid myself this time.”

  1. Jen says:

    Thanks for posting this recipe, I just made these and they are awesome! Like an idiot though, I made a double batch (I live alone) and now have 30 meatballs to go through. Question – can you freeze these?
    Thanks again!

  2. Kristin says:

    How long should you cook them if you do it on low? 8 hours? Thanks!

  3. Terez says:

    I made these with all kinds of tweaks to the recipe, and they came out great!

    I can’t eat onion so I just skipped that. Was a bit worried that, without the gridwork of the onions between the layers, the meatballs would morph into a giant meatloaf. Nope, they held their shape.

    I used 1/3 cup of coconut flour because I had it (and didn’t have any almond meal). Skipped the parmesan. Used 1.3 lbs of hot italian sausage (again, it’s what I had) and added about a pound of ground lamb liver. I think I used 3 lbs of ground beef.

    The meat had so much seasoning that I just used plain canned tomatoes for the sauce.

    Which is to say, I played fast and loose with the recipe.

    Put everything together Saturday night. Put the crockpot on high for one hour then had it on “low” overnight. In the morning I took about ten meatballs out and topped the crockpot off with another can of plain tomatoes. Let that simmer for a few more hours.

    Long story short, I have several meals for this week, frozen meatballs for future meals, and lots of flavorful sauce (again, with several quarts frozen for future use).

    Made this after someone on the Whole30 forum was raving about them. Thanks!!

    • Momgonepaleo says:

      Hi Terez!
      So glad yours were such a success!!! I love that there are so many delicious variations you can use and they still taste great! Thanks for sharing your changes and ideas.

      ~ Laura

  4. Ashley says:

    I made last night and they are great! I actually didnt have enough Almond meal, so I used flax meal instead. I also added a bell pepper to the meat mixture. Also, I will make these again, but the brand of sausage I got didn’t taste as good as I’d like.

    I was very concerned that the meat balls would not come out right because mine were SOOO liquidy, but they did!! They came out perfect!! But for my brand of sausage, these were excellent!! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  6. Anita Breeze says:

    I definitely know what I’m making this weekend! I love the zuchinni noodles too, I think they do the job just find, as long as you have a great topping! Thanks for the recipe!

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  8. Ted says:

    I made this two years ago for a Thanksgiving pot luck kind of dinner I was invited to. Not knowing what everyone else was bringing, I thought this would be an obvious not brought meal. It was a smash hit and everyone loved it. Several people told me that it was a part of their family tradition to have meatballs included in a Thanksgiving feast. Took me an hour to google it and find it again so I could make it for myself this year. This time I wrote it down. It is amazing. Thank you!

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