Meatballs and Gravy

With juicy meatballs and a rich, savory gravy made right in the slow cooker, this recipe for Crock Pot Meatballs and Gravy is not only effortless to make, but it's also packed with comforting flavor! Whether you serve it over rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes, it'll become a family favorite in no time!

With juicy meatballs and a rich, savory gravy made right in the crock pot, this meal is the epitome of an easy crock pot meal. And the best part? You can serve it over a variety of starches, such as rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes, making it a versatile dish that can be changed up every time.

This crock pot comfort food is a must-make for many reasons. For starters, the slow cooking process allows the flavors to slowly cook together, creating a rich, comforting aroma that will fill your home and will make you hungry. With the addition of heavy cream, tangy Worcestershire sauce, and savory onion soup mix, each bite is a great balance of flavor that is both comforting and satisfying.

Crock Pot meatballs and gravy is the ultimate weeknight meal. The convenience of the crock pot means you can prep the ingredients in the morning and have a delicious, hearty meal waiting for you.

Meatballs and Gravy

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Slow cooked meatballs and gravy are the perfect combination of convenience and comfort.
  • With the ability to serve it over rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes, this versatile dish can be customized to your liking, making it a go-to recipe for any occasion.
  • The slow cooking process allows the flavors to develop and meld together, creating a rich, savory gravy that perfectly complements the juicy meatballs.
  • With minimal prep time and only a handful of ingredients, this easy crock pot meal is perfect for busy weeknights when you want a delicious, satisfying meal without the fuss!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Frozen Meatballs¬†- This is the main protein of the dish and saves you the hassle of making meatballs from scratch. Using frozen meatballs also speeds up the preparation process.
  • Seasonings¬†- Black pepper and dried thyme add a depth of flavor to the dish and complement the other ingredients.
  • Minced Garlic¬†- A flavor enhancer that adds a pungent, slightly sweet taste to the dish. It pairs well with beef and other seasonings.
  • Dry Onion Soup Mix¬†- Adds a savory onion flavor and also serves as a thickening agent for the gravy.
  • Beef Broth¬†- Adds a rich, savory beef flavor and is the base for the gravy.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream¬†- Provides richness and creaminess to the gravy, balancing out the savory and tangy flavors.
  • Ketchup¬†- Adds a touch of sweetness and helps balance out the acidity from the Worcestershire sauce.
  • Worcestershire Sauce¬†- Adds a savory, umami flavor and complements the beef broth and garlic.
  • Cornstarch¬†- Used as a thickening agent for the gravy, helping it to reach a smooth and velvety texture.
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How To Make Meatballs with Gravy In The Crock Pot

Add meatballs: Place frozen meatballs in the bottom of a 6-quart crock pot.

Assemble the gravy: Add salt, pepper, thyme, garlic, onion soup, beef broth, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, heavy cream, and cornstarch to a medium bowl. Whisk together and pour over the frozen meatballs.

Cover and cook: Add the lid to the top. Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.

Serve over side dishes: Ladle the meatballs and gravy over rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes, and enjoy!

Meatballs and Gravy

Recipe Tips

  • Though optional, to prevent the meatballs from sticking to the bottom of the crock pot, coat the bottom with a thin layer of cooking spray or olive oil before adding them.
  • To ensure there are no lumps, mix the cornstarch with a small amount of water before adding it to the crock pot.
  • For added flavor, brown the meatballs in a skillet before adding them to the crock pot. This will create a slightly caramelized exterior and enhance the dish's overall flavor.
  • The time it takes to cook through fully will depend on the size of your meatballs. Check for doneness by cutting one open with a knife.

Variations

  • For a spicy kick, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a few dashes of hot sauce to the gravy.
  • For a vegetarian version, substitute the meatballs with vegetarian meatballs or a combination of chopped mushrooms and lentils. You can also use vegetable broth instead of beef broth to make the gravy.
  • Add a hint of sweetness, and replace the ketchup with barbecue sauce or honey mustard.
  • For a tangy twist, swap out the Worcestershire sauce with balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar. This will add a slightly sour flavor that pairs well with the beef and garlic.
  • Top the meatballs and gravy with crispy fried onions or chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or chives to add even more texture and flavor.

Storing & Freezing

Storing: To store leftovers, transfer the meatballs and gravy to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days. The gravy may thicken slightly upon refrigeration, so you may need to add a splash of beef broth or water when reheating to thin it out.

Freezing: This dish can be frozen for up to 2-3 months. To freeze, let the meatballs and gravy cool completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag. Make sure to remove as much air as possible before sealing. When ready to enjoy, thaw the meatballs and gravy in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Meatballs and Gravy
PREP TIME  10minutes 
COOK TIME  4hours 
TOTAL TIME  4hours  10minutes 
COURSE  Appetizer
CUISINE  American
SERVINGS  6
CALORIES  429 kcal

EQUIPMENT

  • Your Favorite Crock Pot

INGREDIENTS

  • 26¬†oz¬†frozen meatballs
  • 1¬†tsp¬†black pepper
  • ¬Ĺ¬†tsp¬†dried thyme
  • 3¬†tbsp¬†garlic¬†(garlic)
  • 1¬†(1 oz)¬†package dry onion soup mix
  • 2¬†cups¬†beef broth
  • ¬Ĺ¬†cup¬†heavy whipping cream
  • 3¬†tbsp¬†ketchup
  • 1¬†tbsp¬†Worcestershire sauce
  • 3¬†tbsp¬†cornstarch

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place frozen meatballs in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker.
  • Add salt, pepper, thyme, garlic, onion soup, beef broth, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, heavy cream, and cornstarch to a medium bowl. Whisk together and pour over meatballs.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • Serve over rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes, and enjoy!

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NOTES
  • If the consistency of the gravy is too thin, you can thicken it by creating a mixture of cornstarch and water. Combine 1 teaspoon of cornstarch with 2 teaspoons of water to make a slurry. Adjust the amount as necessary to achieve the desired thickness.
  • How¬† To Make Homemade Meatballs: In a large bowl, add all the ingredients listed below and divide into 38-40 meatballs. After making the meatballs, add them to a skillet over medium-high heat and brown them. You may have to do this is several batches.

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