Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

I had a block of mozzarella cheese sitting around, so I decided to stuff some meatballs. A lot of people ask how I come up with recipes. To be honest, most come out of necessity or based on what is left in the fridge. Mix and match and usually something good will come out.

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

Cut the mozzarella into 32 equal portions.

Slice the cheese into equal portions

In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients but the beef. Make sure to mix everything together.

Assemble the Ingredients

Then add the beef.  My suggestion is to mix this by hand. Make sure not to mix too much as it will cause the meatballs to be tough.

Portion into equal sized meatballs

I had a few pairs of rubber gloves lying around from barbecuing. They made cleanup a snap. I would recommend buying some powder-free latex gloves. Once mixed, portion the meatballs. I would use about 1-2 tbs of meat to form each ball. Using your hand roll each one into a perfectly formed ball and set aside. A cookie scoop is a great way to portion the meat so that all of your meatballs are the same.

Form the ball around the cheese

Flatten the meat into patties, then add a cube of cheese.  Wrap the meat around the cheese and form the meatballs.

Arrange on a sheet pan

Place meatballs on baking sheets, not touching. Bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating trays half way through cook time.

Cooked and ready to eat

When cooked, lift the meatballs to drain and then add to the simmering pasta sauce for 30 mins. You may notice that some of the mozzarella cheese may leak out the side. This is fine. The cheese gets crispy and adds a nice texture to the sauce.

Gooey Cheese

Once all of the meatballs have been browned, let them cook in the simmering sauce for 20-30 minutes. They will absorb the great marinara flavor.

Perfect Meatballs

Serve over fresh spaghetti or your favorite pasta.

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs
The Italian classic with a fat American twist!
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Rex
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 tbs dried parsley
  • 3 tbs grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tbs water
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 8 oz block mozzarella
  • pinch kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Cut the mozzarella into 32 equal portions.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients but the beef. Make sure to mix everything together.
  4. Then add the beef. My suggestion is to mix this by hand. Make sure not to mix too much as it will cause the meatballs to be tough.
  5. I had a few pairs of rubber gloves lying around from barbecuing. They made cleanup a snap. I would recommend buying some powder-free latex gloves.
  6. Once mixed, portion the meatballs. I would use about 1-2 tbs of meat to form each ball. Using your hand roll each one into a perfectly formed ball and set aside. A cookie scoop is a great way to portion the meat so that all of your meatballs are the same.
  7. Flatten the meat into patties, then add a cube of cheese. Wrap the meat around the cheese and form the meatballs.
  8. Place meatballs on baking sheets, not touching. Bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating trays half way through cook time.
  9. When cooked, lift the meatballs to drain and then add to the simmering pasta sauce for 30 mins. You may notice that some of the mozzarella cheese may leak out the side. This is fine. The cheese gets crispy and adds a nice texture to the sauce.
  10. Once all of the meatballs have been browned, let them cook in the simmering sauce for 20-30 minutes. They will absorb the great marinara flavor.
  11. Serve over fresh spaghetti or your favorite pasta.

This was a great meal.  The cheese added a nice texture to the meatballs.  Needless to say, we will be having these again.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

2 Comments

  1. My 12 y/o has been wanting me to make meat balls already stuffed with the sauce and pasta, maybe your version will satisfy him!

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