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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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Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

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

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."

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 :("

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"My husband loved them!"

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.)"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

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

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"

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."

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...?"

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2008

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

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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