Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs

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Delicious ground beef Italian meatballs served with pasta and sauce will be a hit with your family and dinner guests when they discover the hidden pocket of melted cheese inside.

Delicious ground beef Italian meatballs served with pasta and sauce will be a hit with your family and dinner guests when they discover the hidden pocket of melted cheese inside.

When people ask me what the best thing I know how to make is, I always say my sauce and meatballs.  That is a no-brainer.  I was taught by the best Italian I know – my dad!  I got a little adventurous with my meatballs one day a while back and made these Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs.  I never get bored of pasta with plain sauce and meatballs and I could literally eat it every day of my life, but I do like to keep things interesting once in a while and get creative.  One Sunday sauce night I made half of my meatballs as this mozzarella stuffed version and half of them the conventional way.  It was kind of fun to cut into a meatball and not know which meatballs had the mozzarella inside.  I’m easily entertained maybe.

I normally get 20 meatballs per 1 pound of ground beef, but for these mozzarella stuffed Italian meatballs I had to make them bigger in order to have enough meat surrounding the cheese as to not allow it to seep out as easily.  You don’t want the cheese right near the edge of the meatball.  Therefore, this recipe just makes about 12-15 meatballs.  Buon Appetito!

Homemade authentic Italian meatballs served with pasta and gravy will be a hit with your family and dinner guests when they discover the hidden pocket of mozzarella cheese inside.

Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs
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Recipe type: dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 12-15 meatballs
 
Delicious ground beef Italian meatballs served with pasta and sauce will be a hit with your family and dinner guests when they discover the hidden pocket of melted cheese inside.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped small
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, chopped small
  • ¾ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • Sprinkle top with dried parsley and oregano (I don't measure)
  • Add dried basil (little more than parsley & oregano)
  • Sprinkle a little ground black pepper over top
  • Add a splash of water
  • 12-15 1-inch fresh Mozzarella balls
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and grease 9×13-inch baking dish or jelly roll pan with nonstick cooking spray (or use silicone baking mat).
  2. Place all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the mozzarella balls into a large mixing bowl and with clean hands, mix until just combined. Do not overwork the meat or it will make them tough.
  3. With wet hands, take ¼ cup beef mixture, form into a ball, and press into center with your thumb to make room for cheese ball. Place cheese ball in the middle then with hands enclose the cheese with the beef, making sure the cheese is completely covered and evenly in the center. Place meatballs on prepared baking dish and bake for 30 to 32 minutes, or until cooked through*. Some mozzarella cheese may have escaped, but that's OK. They will still taste amazing.
  4. *If adding to a pot of spaghetti sauce, remove from oven at 10-12 minutes and place meatballs into your sauce and allow to cook in sauce until serving time (an hour or so). They will soak up the flavor of the sauce and also flavor the sauce itself. It's very good this way.
  5. Serve over top your favorite pasta or inside a warm roll for delicious meatball sandwiches.
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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

14 Responses to “Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs”

  1. February 19, 2015 at 10:06 AM #

    This takes meatballs to a whole new level. I love it!

  2. February 19, 2015 at 1:56 PM #

    Oooh I love stuffing meat/turkey balls with cheese! These sound fantastic with parmesan and basil in the meat too!

  3. February 19, 2015 at 2:18 PM #

    I need to take a meatball-making lesson from you. I tried making them once and they were an utter failure! I love that these have a cheesy surprise inside too!

  4. February 19, 2015 at 4:17 PM #

    Woa! What a winner dish!

  5. February 19, 2015 at 4:48 PM #

    yum yum YUMMMM! Italian food=love <3

  6. February 19, 2015 at 6:02 PM #

    I really love these meatballs with a cheesy surprise inside! What a great way to change up regular spaghetti and meatballs.

  7. February 19, 2015 at 6:50 PM #

    I am all over these meatballs. Can’t wait to try them for myself. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. February 19, 2015 at 7:52 PM #

    Meat balls grab me every time! However this are VERY special meatballs with that cheesy center. I love surprises—both receiving and giving them! Fun.

  9. February 19, 2015 at 8:50 PM #

    I am such a sucker for a good meatball! These look fantastic!! I loveee that you stuffed them with the cheese!

  10. February 20, 2015 at 9:57 AM #

    My kids love these…its like a prize inside. Yours look delicious and now I am craving them!

  11. February 20, 2015 at 4:35 PM #

    I am totally doing this…my son would get such a kick out of it. Not only that, I’m sure he’d love the taste because he loves meatballs, pizza, chicken parm, you get the idea! It would be so fun to mix it up like you did and get a surprise here and there!

  12. February 20, 2015 at 10:50 PM #

    Yum I love surprises! These meatballs look amazing!!

  13. February 20, 2015 at 11:11 PM #

    I love all the cheesy goodness that is inside these meatballs! Such a great idea!

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