Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce


These slow cooker turkey meatballs in tomato sauce are a great alternative to traditional beef meatballs. They can be served over pasta or used in meatball sandwiches with sauteed onions and peppers with melted Italian cheese over the top. Fantastic!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 25 mins


  • ¼ cup minced onion

  • 1 tablespoon Italian-style salad dressing

  • 1 ½ pounds ground turkey

  • 1 ¼ cups Italian-seasoned bread crumbs

  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans Italian-style diced tomatoes

  • 1 (26 ounce) jar marinara sauce

  • 2 teaspoons dried basil


  1. Cook onion and Italian dressing in a small sauté pan over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.

  2. Combine turkey, bread crumbs, garlic, sautéed onions, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a bowl; mix well.

  3. Combine diced tomatoes, marinara sauce, and dried basil in a second bowl; set aside.

  4. Form 1/2 of the turkey mixture into 1 1/2-inch meatballs and layer them in the bottom of a slow cooker. Pour 1/2 of the diced tomato mixture over meatballs. Form remaining turkey mixture into meatballs and layer with remaining tomato mixture.

  5. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

415 Calories
14g Fat
41g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 415
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 1281mg 56%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 15mg 76%
Calcium 175mg 13%
Iron 8mg 42%
Potassium 888mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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