Slow-Cooker Meatballs in Mini Bread Bowls

Slow-Cooker Meatballs in Mini Bread Bowls
Preparation time
20 mins
Cooking time
200 mins
Easy Recipes
4 people

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.


Slow-Cooker Meatballs in Mini Bread Bowls


  • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup plain panko crispy bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herb blend
  • 1 jar (25 oz) marinara sauce
  • 1 can (11 oz) refrigerated crusty French loaf
  • 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 350Β°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.

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