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Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs

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.
  • Makes
    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


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

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  • Butcher2boy
    Oct 20, 2020

    Great recipe and a keeper! I used half ground lamb and half ground pork. I have my own Italian seasoning mixture without the additives. The meat mixture didn't need bread crumbs and held together well. Had a few explosions of cheese while frying and I see my fellow VFE below froze the cheese. Marvelous idea. Next time will try this in Meatball Subs. VFE

  • Appy_Girl
    Oct 5, 2020

    Fabulous recipe. To be safe I froze the cheese . And I used Mozzarella sticks. Meatballs were so tasty and the cheesy pop a big bonus. I used bottled Italian dressing. Used bread crumbs instead of fresh bread. And used way less. VFE

  • BilliePock
    Apr 27, 2017

    These were so good! My hubby took them to work the next day and said they were gone by 8 am. I served them over squash noodles.. Delicious!

  • dozasarah
    Dec 6, 2015

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

  • BakerDeborah
    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
    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 :(

  • Stelterat
    Nov 2, 2012

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  • raych32
    Jan 29, 2012

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  • mlmartinez13
    Jan 17, 2012

    My husband loved them!

  • Kimberly Hines
    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.)