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Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.

Makes

6 servings

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.
Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg, room temperature, 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 (24 ounces) marinara sauce
  • Hot cooked pasta

Directions

  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 over medium heat, 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 meatballs with about 1/3 cup sauce: 311 calories, 19g fat (6g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 846mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein.

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