This meatballs and gravy recipe is budget-friendly and belly satisfying!
Fresh or frozen meatballs that are simmered in a shortcut brown gravy with onions. Made in a slow cooker or Crockpot, these meatballs are easy to prepare in advance.
Serve over mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or rice for an easy meal.
Slow Cooker Meatballs (& Gravy!)
We love crock pot recipes to make weeknights extra easy!
- Let the Crockpot do all the work for these quick and easy meatballs and gravy!
- Perfect for those chilly weeknights or as a make-and-take dish for any get-together!
- Tender and juicy meatballs are slow-cooked in rich onion gravy. Just set it and forget it for an easy weeknight dinner.
- Frozen meatballs make this dish even easier. It’s always a good idea to have extra meatballs in the freezer for easy-to-make dinners!
Ingredients for Meatballs & Gravy
Meatballs – Fresh for frozen work in this recipe. Frozen fully cooked meatballs make for extra quick prep.
Gravy – Everything about this gravy is super easy and delicious! Just toss everything in at once! Heavy cream is used as it holds up well in the slow cooker (milk doesn’t hold up well). It can be substituted with evaporated milk if you’d like.
How to Make Meatballs & Gravy in the Slow Cooker
- If using fresh meatballs, brown in a skillet. Add onions and soften.
- Add the meatballs and onion with remaining ingredients to a slow cooker. Cover & cook per the recipe below.
- Discard the bay leaf, make corn starch slurry, add to meatballs and gravy, and cook until thickened.
What Goes with Meatballs and Gravy?
Keep leftover meatballs & gravy covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Store in zippered bags in the freezer for up to 4 weeks. Thaw in the fridge overnight or gently thaw on low heat on the stovetop.
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Slow Cooker Meatballs & Gravy
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 medium onion sliced
- 24 ounces frozen meatballs or homemade meatballs below*
- 10 ½ ounces beef broth
- 10 ½ ounces French onion soup condensed
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 bay leaf
- salt & pepper to taste
To Thicken Gravy
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- If making homemade meatballs, combine the meat mixture and roll into 36 meatballs. Lightly brown in a skillet over medium high heat, cooking in batches if needed. They do not need to be cooked through. (Frozen meatballs do not need to be browned).
- Remove the meatballs and place in the bottom of a 6qt slow cooker (frozen fully cooked meatballs can be added right from frozen).
- Add the onions to the pan with butter and cook over medium heat until softened, about 4 minutes.
- Place onions in the slow cooker. Add all remaining ingredients except cornstarch and stir. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
- Remove bay leaf and discard. Combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water. Stir into the slow cooker and cover. Cook 15 minutes or until thickened.
- 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
- 1/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup milk
- ½ teaspoon each onion and garlic powder
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- salt & pepper
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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