Pork and Veal Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Pork and Veal Meatballs To

During the week, after a long work day, it can be very difficult to summon energy to make dinner. Well, at least for me anyway. When I first got married, I went on overdrive with our week night meals.  I mean real overdrive.  I cooked all of our meals during the week and I made sure that for our dinners, we had a salad, protein, carbs and a side dish of veggies.  I was spending a couple of hours a night just making our dinner and Arkadi was spending a lot of time chopping with me and scrubbing all the pots and pans I’ve used.  Then one day, it dawned on both of us to simplify our meals  and that’s when we decided to break in our brand new slow cooker! Since that day, we’ve used our slow cooker to make everything, okay maybe not everything, but a lot of things like jambalaya, pulled pork, stews, soups, roasted chicken, ribs and of course, meatballs in tomato sauce!

As for making meatballs, we’ve tried to make meatballs with ground turkey and/or ground chicken before, but the best combination we’ve found is ground pork and veal.  And to be honest, pork and veal meatballs have become one of our staple week night dinner and sometimes we’d eat them with sauteed kale or with roasted asparagus or the traditional way with spaghetti, but no matter how we eat them, one thing is true – this recipe makes for a simple, fast and flavorful meal!

There’s obviously some prep work involved, but we promise it’s minimal work and the end result is worth it!  The best part of this slow cooked pork and veal meatballs in tomato sauce (wow that’s a mouthful!) is that you can set your slow cooker and leave them to cook for hours and by the time you get home from work, they’re ready to eat.  So here’s the recipe for you and we hope that it will help make your weeknight meals easier for you:


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Pork and Veal Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • ⅓ cup of milk
  • 0.5 pounds of ground veal
  • 0.5 pounds of ground pork
  • 1 cup ground parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • half an onion, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup of chopped parsley
  • 2 large eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 650 ml jars of marinara sauce (we used PC Marinara Pasta Sauce)
  1. In small bowl, add the breadcrumbs and milk together. Set aside and let the bread crumbs absorb the milk.
  2. In a large bowl, add the ground veal and pork, parmesan, garlic, onion, salt and pepper and parsley.
  3. Whisk eggs and add into the bowl with the ground meat mixture.
  4. Using hands, gently mix the meat mixture until all the ingredients are evenly combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  5. Roll the meat mixture into however big you want your meatballs to be and set aside meatballs on a baking sheet.
  6. Once all you've used up your meat mixture, cover your baking sheet of meatballs with plastic wrap and leave in the fridge over night.
  7. The next day, add your meatballs in your slow cooker in a single layer and add your tomato sauce.
  8. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
You can make your meatballs ahead of time, even two days ahead and you can leave them in the fridge until you're ready to use them. Also, they freeze well. For this recipe, it made enough meatballs for the two of us for two meals (dinner and lunch) and we ended up freezing another batch enough for one meal for another time.

This time around, we decided to change things up and eat these meatballs with polenta (here is the link for the polenta recipe I used).

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38 thoughts on “Pork and Veal Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

  1. I love using our slow cooker – it helps make meal time so much easier 🙂 These meatballs look delicious and that sauce looks mouthwatering!

    1. Hi Johlene! BTW LOVE your blog name! and yeah stop by, but no more leftovers since Arkadi’s eaten it all 🙂

  2. I love, love, love using my slow cooker, especially for weeknight meals. It’s so wonderful to come home to your dinner already ready (or close to it!) I’ve never tried meatballs in a slow cooker before. These look really delicious!

    1. Could not agree with you more about the slow cooker! We love it also, especially in the winter time! Thanks very much!

  3. I really appreciated this post, Sarah! I love meatballs, especially made with a mixture of beef and pork, but I’ve never made them in a crockpot before! I’m always going on about how I love easy meals on my blog, so this is really up my street! Have you tried making your own marinara sauce? I tried it for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it was so easy!

    1. Hi Helen! We’re all about fast & easy meals during the week took – great minds think alike! I’ve tried making different pasta sauces before from scratch, but for some reason not tried making marinara yet! I’m glad to hear it’s easy to make and I’ll definitely try it out!

  4. I need to try this! I almost never make meat balls for some reason — odd, because I love them. I often do a more traditional beef, pork, and veal mix. But I love pork, so this looks wonderful. Thanks so much.

    1. Hi John! I am curious about the triple meat mixture there! We’ll try it out next time we make meatballs! Thanks for the idea and for stopping by! Let us know what you think when you get to try out this recipe.

    1. Hi Johlene! For sure! We have some frozen left over meatballs right now! Come on over!! Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a good rest of the week!

  5. These meatballs look delicious, like the idea of veal and pork and parmesan…and nice that they can be frozen for later use.
    Hope you both are enjoying your week 😀

    1. Hi Juliana! Always nice to hear from you! You just reminded me that we do have some frozen ones in the freezer! We’ll likely make a meatball sandwich this week! Hope you’re enjoying your week as well 🙂

    1. Hi Chris ! Thanks so much for stopping by! We always appreciate your feedback! Hope you are having a good week 🙂

    1. Hi Bianca! Let us know what you think if you get to try out the recipe sometime. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a good rest of the week 🙂

    1. Hi Suzanne 🙂 You’re right the addition of pork do make them real moist and we love the classic meatballs and pasta! Hope you’re having a good week!

    1. Hello! The sauce was real good, but we can’t take credit for it! Next time, we’ll make our own marinara! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    1. Hey Pala – thanks so much! I should have brought some leftovers for you to try, but we ate them all! I’ll hide some for you next time!

    1. Hi Heather! We definitely love our slow cooker in the fall and winter too! Let us know what you think if you get to try out the recipe! Have a good almost weekend:)

    1. Hi Tandy thanks so much for being so nice! So we just googled Gordons Bay and you live in a beautiful place! We are jealous!

    1. Hi Ela! We were definitely comforted and satisfied with this meal, specially since we had when we had another winter storm in March! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week!

  6. I’ve always felt weird about combining meats for dishes. I realize that I’m already eating dead animals anyway but somehow mixing different ones irks me… :/ I generally stick to ground turkey.

    What kind of camera do you guys use?

    1. Hi Sasha! To be honest, sometimes it irks me when I have to cut up big pieces of meat 🙁 We use Canon 60D camera. We’re still learning how to use all its functions, but it’s a good little camera!

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