Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf

Who doesn’t love a simple, delicious meal that’s ready when they arrive home? This Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf is a home-y meal that requires little work.

Italian meatloaf on white plate with gravy

You know those days where you desperately want dinner fixed for you when you’re done working?

And by fixed, I mean you want NOTHING to do with the preparation of the food? Just want it to be there and be delicious and comforting and cozy?

I’ve been having a lot of those days recently.

Italian meatloaf of serving dish next to gravy boat and sides

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    Life and work have been busy.

    This little blog here needed a new design pronto.

    I’m working on a crazy/awesome photo project for my upcoming birthday.

    And because of it all, I’m a little worn out.

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    What’s a girl to do?

    Luckily, I’ve got an answer for that. … Or I think I’ve figured it out for myself, which is pretty fabulous.

    Close up of sliced italian meatloaf on white serving platter

    Slow cooker meals have become my BFF lately, and since I’ve been craving comforting, delicious dishes, I’ll pull together the ingredients in the morning, throw them into the slow cooker and let them simmer all day while I work, work, work.

    By the time my husband arrives home and I’m done with my workload, dinner is as good as served!

    And this Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf? It’s a winner. It takes a little time to pull together in the morning, but the end result is totally worth the effort.

    Looking for other meatloaf recipes? Check out Italian Chicken Meatloaf, Cracker Barrel Meatloaf Recipe and Slow Cooker Turkey Meatloaf!

    Here’s how you make it:

    Italian meatloaf on white plate with gravy

    Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf

    Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
    Who doesn't love a simple, delicious meal that's ready when they arrive home? This Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf is a home-y meal that requires little work.
    5 from 2 votes
    Servings 4 servings
    Calories 540 kcal
    Prep Time 20 minutes
    Cook Time 8 hours
    Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes


    • 1 lb. ground turkey
    • 1 egg
    • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
    • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
    • 1 tablespoon dried oregano (2 tablespoons fresh oregano)
    • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil 1 tablespoon fresh basil
    • 1 teaspoon dried parsley 2 teaspoons fresh parsley
    • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
    • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 3 ½ cups Fresh Cream of Tomato Soup or canned tomato soup

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    • Preheat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
    • In a large bowl, combine the the turkey, egg, panko, parmesan and seasonings.
    • Using your hands, mix the the ingredients together until combined, then form into two rounds.
    • Gently transfer the loafs to your saucepan, browning every side until thoroughly browned and crispy.
    • Once the outside of each loaf has been browned, transfer them to the slow cooker.
    • Top them with Fresh Cream of Tomato Soup.
    • Cook on slow for 8 hours.
    • Once cooked through, remove from slow cooker and slice into medallions. Top each piece with the tomato soup gravy from the slow cooker.
    • Enjoy warm with a side of mashed potatoes (or rice) and green beans!


    Serving: 1gCalories: 540kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 37gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 205mgSodium: 1284mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6g
    Course Entrees
    Cuisine American Italian
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    About the Author:

    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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    1. What a great idea! Totally with you on slow cooker meals. I’ve never made anything with ground beef in the slow cooker and was thinking about this last night right before I gave up on new ideas and went with chili, my ground beef standby. Ohh man, the stars were ALMOST aligned! haha. Making this the next chance I get.

      1. Thanks, Katherine! You absolutely have to try ground beef (or turkey!) in the slow cooker like this — it’s a winner! And man, now you’ve got me thinking about chili. One of my favorite fall-ish meals. What recipe do you use for chili?

    2. Girl, this looks INCREDIBLE. I’m dying over it. Slow cookers are so awesome, especially for busy days where you don’t want to just eat crap food because you don’t have time for planning a meal! Definitely going to add this to our list 🙂

      1. Thanks, Madison! I appreciate it!

        Slow cookers really ARE fabulous for busy days when you don’t want take-out. (And since we’ve had take-out for the last two nights? Somebody’s playing with the slow cooker again!)

        Let me know what you think of this whenever you make it! Would love to know how it turns out.

    3. This looks so good. I cannot wait until we have enough room for a slow cooker. (Yes, in our NYC apartment kitchen even a slow cooker would take up too much space)

      1. It really is so good, Alli, and it makes me sad that you don’t have enough room for a slow cooker in your NYC apartment kitchen. But it’s kind of awesome that you can make all your meals in a small space. That’s impressive!

    4. I’ve never been a meatloaf fan but this slow cooked meatloaf looks and sounds delicious.. and I bet it’s full of yummy flavours too. Thanks for the recipe, I must try it!

    5. Girl, this looks INCREDIBLE. I’m dying over it. Slow cookers are so awesome, especially for busy days where you don’t want to just eat crap food because you don’t have time for planning a meal! Definitely going to add this to our list 🙂

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