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Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs Recipe

Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs Recipe

It’s fun to watch my friends eat these meatballs for the first time. They’re pleasantly surprised to find melted cheese in the middle. These meatballs are also great in a hot sub sandwich.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup prepared Italian salad dressing
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed bread
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground sirloin
  • 3 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) marinara sauce
  • Hot cooked pasta


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble pork and beef over mixture; mix well. Cut mozzarella into eighteen 1/2-in. cubes. Divide meat mixture into 18 portions; shape each around a cheese cube.
  • 2. In a large skillet, cook meatballs in oil in batches until a thermometer inserted in the meat reads 160°; drain. In a large saucepan, heat marinara sauce; add meatballs and heat through. Serve over pasta.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meatball mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary. Serve with pasta. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 334 calories, 19g fat (6g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 593mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.

Reviews for Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs

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dozasarah User ID: 8650573 238827
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"This is a great recipe. We like to add Italian sausage instead of ground pork for some extra flavor."

BakerDeborah User ID: 1211561 215068
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2014

"I like to use Newman's Italian dressing, I also am liberal with the herbs. If you have any left over, they make a wonderful meatball sandwich."

bosoxinny User ID: 7260219 145030
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"I made these meatballs, following the recipe to a 'T.' For me, they were just OK. If one were to eliminate the salad dressing, I really don't think these meatballs would have any taste at all. I probably won't make again. I actually like better the ones sold at the meat counter in one of the supermarkets in town :("

mlmartinez13 User ID: 1101921 161118
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"My husband loved them!"

Kimberly Hines User ID: 1929928 161115
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"I was worried my husband wouldn't like these because he doesn't eat a lot of cheese, but to my surprise he couldn't get enough! (Make sure to enclose the meat around the cheese very well or it will leak out.)"

Kimmeyer1967 User ID: 6373184 145029
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"Love this recipe. If you use cheese sticks it is a little easier!"

Lindsey8 User ID: 6117437 93089
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"My family absolutely loved these meatballs. I made a few changes. I used ground turkey(which gave me really plump meatballs) and I added chopped sun-dried tomatoes to my meatball mixture. I also used a Aged Romano Italian was delicious!!! Will definitely do this again"

crgex User ID: 5883486 114801
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"Excellent recipe. I use bread crumbs instead of cubed bread. This recipe is so good that someone broke into my house and ate all my meatballs. True story."

Sharon_KY User ID: 983260 144806
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2008

"I'm looking forward to making these, they sound wonderful.

But I have a question as usual,
The Prepared Italian salad dressing...
Is that store bought in a bottle....Is it Zesty Italian or just Italian...?"

MsSherm User ID: 1004877 114799
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2008

"My family request this recipe over and over, its a keeper!"

elbay User ID: 2026190 114691
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2008

"These are delicious! I've never served them with marinara sauce. They don't need it. They make a great cocktail party snack! For dinner, I usually serve them with the Blushing Penne Pasta and that sauce tastes great on these meatballs."

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