The Shirtless Chef Presents: Savory Marinara Meatballs

Shirtless Chef Andre Crews takes us through the most intense protein-packed recipe yet: Savory Marinara Meatballs that put an Italian restaurant’s subpar offering to shame.

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2 lbs 80/20 ground beef
1 egg
2 tablespoon olive oil
8 oz marinara sauce
8 oz BBQ sauce
4 tablespoon yellow mustard
4 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoon pepper
1 tablespoon dill weed
1 tablespoon basil
1 tablespoon paprika

Optional: 2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese


1. Pour olive oil into empty crock pot ensuring the entire surface is lightly coated in the oil

2. Place ground beef, egg, and all seasonings into big mixing bowl. Using hands mix together and start to form 1-2 inch diameter balls

3. Place balls into crock pot making sure there’s a little space between each

4. Pour all sauces into a bowl and stir until mixed completely. Pour into crock pot on top of meatballs

5. Optional: sprinkle Parmesan on top

6. Cover crock pot and put on high for 1 hour

7. Ensure meatballs are cooked all the way through (no red). Depending on your crock pot’s power output, you may need an additional 30 minutes on high.

8. Serve and enjoy!

Ideas for serving

1. On whole grain hoagie
2. With quinoa or whole grain pasta
3. With a lightly dressed arugula salad
4. Alone and naked (the meatballs, not you!)

Andre Crews

Andre Crews

Andre earned his BSBA in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh and spent the first 3 years of his career as a corporate banker. He led an unhealthy lifestyle eating out and drinking nearly every night. The six pack he has today was covered in a layer of beer and bacon cheeseburgers. Eventually he had enough and left banking to pursue his passion. Andre spent his first year as a personal trainer at an LA Fitness, then spent 2 years at Equinox in Manhattan. But he didn't truly feel at home in the fitness industry until he joined the team at CrossFit Union Square. Surrounded by elite level athletes and coaches, Andre took his own fitness, nutrition, and coaching skills to a new level!Andre is a Certified Personal Trainer through AAAI-ISMA, a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and a certified Coach through Precision Nutrition.

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