Meatballs, potatoes, and green beans cook together in this easy & healthy Italian dinner. Cook this one-pot meal in your slow cooker or Instant Pot.
Meatball, potatoes, green beans. This Italian meatball dinner comes together quickly but still has lots of flavor. To get started, I made a quick sauce directly in the base of the slow cooker using diced tomatoes, dried onion flakes (or use raw), Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. If you have a compliant marinara sauce you like, you can substitute that here.
The meatballs. If using the Instant Pot, you will need to brown the meatballs as instructed. If you’re using the slow cooker, you a few more options. I have made this recipe with the meatballs 3 different ways: once with meatballs that were completely raw, once with meatballs that were raw but frozen, and once with meatballs that were cooked and frozen. My final say is that they all pretty much taste the same but the pre-cooked, frozen meatballs held their shape the best. Which makes sense if you think about it. So really it will all depend on how much time you have. If you don’t have time to pre-cook your meatballs or freeze them, add them to the slow cooker raw. They will still hold their shape. If you’re using raw meatballs, do not mix this up until after it’s done cooking. If you do, you risk the chance that the meatballs will fall apart on you.
What you see in these pics are my herb meatballs that were baked and frozen a day ahead of time. You do not have to use this recipe for your meatballs (although I love it). By all means, feel free to use your favorite meatball recipe if you have one. I made my meatballs a little larger than usual because I wanted them to all fit properly in the slow cooker along with the other ingredients. I would suggest making no more than 12 meatballs.
The potatoes. I used baby red & yellow potatoes. To make this paleo, use sweet potatoes. Remove the potatoes all together and you have a low-carb meal. If you do make this low-carb, I suggest adding in more vegetables in addition to the green beans. Speaking of green beans, I used FROZEN. Having made this using both fresh and frozen beans, I didn’t find much a difference in taste after it was slow cooked. Again, it will all depend on your preference.
Don’t like green beans? Substitute asparagus, broccoli, or zucchini. Don’t worry if all your food isn’t fully submerged in the tomato sauce. It doesn’t need to be to cook fully.Print
Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Italian Meatball Dinner (Paleo,Whole30)
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 3 hours
- Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
- Yield: 4
- 12 meatballs
- 3/4 lb potatoes or sweet potatoes, chopped
- 12 ounces green beans
- 2 tsp oil (IP)
- 28 ounces diced tomatoes
- 1 tbsp dried onion flakes
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Add sauce ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
- Add meatballs, potatoes, and green beans.
- Cook HIGH 2-3 hours, LOW 4-6 hours.
- Set Instant Pot to the high saute setting. Heat oil.
- Add meatballs and brown on each side, 3-5 minutes. Remove meatballs from IP. You will probably have to brown them in batches.
- Add sauce ingredients and stir to mix well. Add potatoes, green beans, and meatballs. (Make sure you are not over capacity)
- Close and seal vent. Select manual setting and set time for 7 minutes. Quick-release pressure when cook time is completed.
Nutritional facts calculated using my herb baked meatballs recipe.
Scoop your meatballs, potatoes, and green beans out separately or mix the entire together like I did.
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