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Slow-Cooker Pizza Meatballs

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 6 hr 45 min
  • Ingredients 10
  • Servings 10

These mozzarella-stuffed meatballs are slowly cooked in pizza sauce, and then served in biscuit bowls for a fun family meal. MORE+ LESS-

Nikki Gladd Nikki Gladd
March 2, 2017


2 1/4
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
egg, slightly beaten
cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs
cup grated Parmesan cheese
teaspoon salt
teaspoon pepper
oz mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
jars (28 oz each) pizza sauce
Olive oil
(6 oz) cans Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Jr. Golden Homestyle™ refrigerated buttermilk biscuits


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  • 1
    Line large cookie sheet with sides with cooking parchment paper or foil.
  • 2
    In large bowl, thoroughly mix 2 1/4 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef, 1 slightly beaten egg, 3/4 cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper with hands. For each meatball, shape about 1 1/2 tablespoons beef mixture into a ball, flatten into small patty, place 1 cube (1/2 inch) mozzarella cheese in center, then shape beef around cheese to fully enclose. Reshape into a ball; place on cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining beef mixture and cheese cubes.
  • 3
    Pour 1 jar (28 oz) pizza sauce into slow cooker. In 10- or 12-inch skillet, heat about 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat just until oil begins to smoke. Sear about 8 meatballs at a time by cooking just 1 to 2 minutes on each side. After each batch is browned, place in slow cooker.
  • 4
    Once all meatballs are seared and placed in slow cooker, top with remaining 1 jar (28 oz) pizza sauce. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 6 to 8 hours.
  • 5
    When meatballs are finished cooking, keep slow cooker on “Warm” or lowest heat setting while preparing biscuit bowls. Heat oven to 375°F. Turn 12-cup muffin pan over; lightly spray backside with cooking spray. Separate 1 can (12 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands! Jr.™ Golden Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits into 10 biscuits. Shape each biscuit over upside-down muffin cup.
  • 6
    Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool biscuit cups on pan; remove from muffin cups. Serve meatballs inside biscuit bowls.

Expert Tips

  • Use additional spices, herbs or seasonings to flavor the meatballs as you prefer. I also like adding in a little garlic powder here and there.
  • For make-ahead, prepare the meatballs the night before up until just before browning. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the morning, then continue with the searing steps.

Nutrition Information

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