Italian Meatballs Whole 30 Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
For the days when cooking dinner feels like a monumental task, our Italian Meatball recipe enters the scene and saves the day.
Gluten Free

Hey there food explorers, super parents, and friends! We’re about to introduce you to a dish that captures the essence of Italy’s culinary heritage – classic Italian Meatballs. And guess what? They’re perfect for the Whole 30 program!

Imagine savoring the delectable blend of Italian herbs, the tender meatballs, and the savory tomato sauce they’re swimming in – a classic Italian comfort food. But what makes this particular recipe next level is that it’s also a freezer meal. For the days when cooking dinner feels like a monumental task, our Italian Meatball recipe enters the scene and saves the day. 

We’ll lead you through the art of preparing this freezer-friendly masterpiece. If you’re a parent juggling a million tasks or just wanted to bless someone you care about, this recipe will be your go-to solution. Come along on the journey of flavor, convenience, and Whole 30 benefits.

Why You’ll Love This Whole 30 Italian Meatballs Recipe

  • Protein-packed dish
  • Quick and Easy
  • Versitile dish
  • Minimal clean-up
  • Cooks itself
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Italian Meatballs Whole 30 Freezer Meal Recipe
For the days when cooking dinner feels like a monumental task, our Italian Meatball recipe enters the scene and saves the day.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Equipment
  • 1 gallon freezer bag
  • Crockpot or Slow Cooker
Ingredients
  
  • 24 oz Tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water or broth
Meatballs:
  • 1 lb Ground turkey (or ground beef)
  • 1 lb Ground pork sausage
  • 1 cup Yellow onion diced
  • 1 cup Apple diced
  • 1 large Egg
  • 3 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
Instructions
 
Prep/Freezer Directions
  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Prepare a gallon freezer bag, labeling according to your preferred method.
  • Mix together meatball ingredients and form 1-inch meatballs.
  • Cook meatballs in preheated oven for 6-10 minutes in the oven. (Meatballs will not be 100% cooked but will finish cooking in the slow cooker)
  • Allow meatballs to cool completely before adding to the labeled freezer bag.
  • Add tomato sauce over meatballs in the labeled freezer bag. Seal the bag, removing as much air as possible and freeze for 3-6 months.
Cooking Directions
  • Thaw overnight in the fridge (Meal may not be 100% thawed, but that is ok).
  • Add freezer bag contents into the slow cooker and add 1/2 cup water.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  • Stir and serve over cauliflower rice. Optional: Garnish with fresh basil or parsley.
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Equipment Needed to Make this Italian Meatballs Freezer Meal

  • Gallon Freezer Bags
  • Crockpot

Ingredients For Your Italian Meatballs

Meatballs:

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey (or Ground Beef)
  • 1 lb ground pork sausage
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 gala apple, diced
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 TBSP Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Day of Cooking

  • 1x 12 oz bag cauliflower rice
  • chopped basil or parsley (garnish)
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How To Make Whole 30 Italian Meatballs

Prep/Freezer Directions

  • Prepare a gallon freezer bag, labeling according to your preferred method.
  • Mix meatball ingredients, then form meatballs at 1-inch in diameter.
  • Bake meatballs at 400° F for 10 minutes. Let cool, then add to the labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Add tomato sauce and water to the bag. Seal it, removing as much air as possible, and freeze for up to three months.

Cooking Directions

  • Thaw overnight in the fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed, but that is okay).
  • Add the freezer bag contents to a slow cooker plus ½ cup of water.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  • Stir and serve over cauliflower rice. top with fresh chopped basil or parsley.

What to Serve with Your Italian Meatballs

Sides

Desserts

Mocktails

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Popular Substitutions & Additions

Substitutions:

Meat: The recipe calls for ground turkey, but offers ground beef as an option, too. If you’d prefer, ground chicken or pork are great in this recipe also.

Onion: Yellow onion is extremely flavorful, but if you’re seeking less flavor, a sweet onion will do. For a stronger onion flavor, shallots are a great choice.

Additions:

Raisins and Nuts: Go Sicilian style by adding raisins and pignoli nuts.

How To Reheat & Store Italian Meatballs

Best Way To Store Whole 30 Italian Meatball Leftovers?

Store Italian Meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

How Long Will Italian Meatballs Last In the Fridge?

Your Italian Meatballs will last in the fridge for 3 to 5 days, if properly stored.

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Can I Freeze Italian Meatballs after cooking?

In true freezer meal fashion, we always recommend freezing before cooking. This preserves flavor and texture. However, if you have an abundance of leftovers, you can absolutely freeze them in an airtight container.

How to Reheat Whole 30 Italian Meatballs

You can reheat these in the oven, microwave, or on the stovetop.

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