Meatballs in gravy – easy slow cooker recipe

Easy slow cooker meatballs recipeLooking for a delicious recipe that is easy to prepare, nutritious, that everyone will like and cooks all by itself? I give you an easy slow cooker recipe for meatballs based on buying a tray of 20 beef meatballs found in most supermarkets amongst the 3 x £10 range.

I also wanted to try something different to the usual tomato sauce so I devised one with gravy and carrots, you can also spot a few french beans in there because I had them to use up in the fridge so I put them in as well but not necessary to the recipe ;)

Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs in gravy

1 tray of meatballs
olive oil for frying
1 onion
5/6 large carrots
1 or 2 cloves of garlic
500 ml beef stock
1 tbsp tomato puree
salt and pepper

Fry off the meatballs in a drop of olive oil to colour on all sides and add to the slow cooker on high setting. Add the chopped onions to the same pan and sweat until soft and golden, add the chopped garlic for a minute. Add to the slow cooker

Peel and chop the carrots and add to the slow cooker

Make up 500ml of beef stock using a stock cube and add to the slow cooker, squeeze over the tomato puree and season, stir well so all ingredients are even and cook on high for 5 hours.

We served ours with mash potato this time but they would be equally delicious with pasta

Easy slow cooker meatballs recipe

This recipe is incredibly versatile as you can throw in all sorts of vegetables – leeks, mushrooms, peas, sweetcorn and so on. Adapt the meatballs to your own taste so long as they have a little stock to cook in you’ll be fine.

Remember the meatballs will give off some fat whilst they cook I check every couple of hours and skim off the top but this can be done at the end too.

I’m adding this recipe to Mediocre Mums slow cooker link up on Sunday where you can find loads more recipes to choose from and get the most out of your slow cooker. click on the badge below ;)



  1. Super Amazing Mum
    October 12, 2012 / 4:15 PM

    oh my gosh, that looks AMAZING!!! I Love meatballs, I actually buy really good quality sausages, cut the skin and make into homemade meatballs….you should give that a try!!

  2. Jo Bryan
    October 13, 2012 / 6:30 PM

    Yum, I will be making this

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