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Slow-Cooker Meatballs in Mini Bread Bowls

Serving these slow cooked meatballs in homemade mini bread bowls is a fun twist on Italian night at home.

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  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 3 hr 20 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 4
 

Ingredients

1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
egg
1/2
cup Progresso® plain panko crispy bread crumbs
3
tablespoons milk
1
teaspoon Italian herb blend
1
jar (25 oz) marinara sauce
1
can (11 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crusty French loaf
Parmesan cheese, if desired

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  • 1 In large bowl, mix beef, egg, bread crumbs, milk and herb blend. Shape into 16 meatballs. Spray 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add marinara sauce and meatballs to slow cooker. Cover; cook on High heat setting 3 to 4 hours.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Cut dough into four pieces. Spray underside of jumbo muffin pan. Form dough around muffin cups to make four bowls. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until bowls are golden brown. Cool slightly. Remove bowls, and cool completely.
  • 3 To serve, spoon 4 meatballs and sauce into each bread bowl. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.
  • 1 In large bowl, mix beef, egg, bread crumbs, milk and herb blend. Shape into 16 meatballs. Spray 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add marinara sauce and meatballs to slow cooker. Cover; cook on High heat setting 3 to 4 hours.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Cut dough into four pieces. Spray underside of jumbo muffin pan. Form dough around muffin cups to make four bowls. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until bowls are golden brown. Cool slightly. Remove bowls, and cool completely.
  • 3 To serve, spoon 4 meatballs and sauce into each bread bowl. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Brush baked bread bowls with butter and garlic salt or Italian herbs for an interesting flavor twist.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
580
(
Calories from Fat
190),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
21g
21%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
120mg
120%;
Sodium
1180mg
1180%;
Total Carbohydrate
66g
66%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
15g
15%
),
Protein
31g
31%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
35%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 3 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.