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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

March 15, 2018 (Last Updated: August 12, 2018)

Mozzarella stuffed meatballs in a delicious flavour packed tomato sauce. This recipe is so easy and absolutely delicious, juicy meatballs stuffed with oozing mozzarella cheese and cooked in the easiest tomato sauce. A must try recipe that the whole family will love! Serve your meatballs with spaghetti for a classic comfort food dish.

An overhead shot of mozzarella stuffed meatballs and spaghetti on a wooden surface with torn bread

Ohhh, I have a goodun for you today. I love, love, love meatballs but what makes these extra delicious is the oozy, cheesy centre. I mean, how can these not taste insanely delicious?! Cheese and pasta are my two favourite things on this planet so add meatballs to the mix and I am dead.

Here’s the thing…. spaghetti and meatballs ain’t Italian. They love their spaghetti and they love their meatballs just not together. In Italy pasta is always the first course and meatballs are served as a second course often with polenta (sooo delicious).

Saying that, there can’t be any denying the spaghetti and meatballs served together is SO AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS because it is. Aaaad because pasta is served as a main course in nearly every other part of the world I think they can forgive us for having them together (and loving it), right?

Tips For Making The Most Delicious Meatballs

  • For these meatballs, I use a mixture of ground beef and Italian sausage. Italian sausages are packed with so much flavour and because pork is a fattier meat than beef it keeps the meatballs succulent and juicy. No dry meatballs here!
  • I also add some dried spices, garlic and an egg. There are no breadcrumbs in this recipe because the sausage and egg help bind everything together.
  • When rolling a meatball, roll it in the palm of your hands until it has a glossy sheen to it with no cracks. This will ensure the meatball is sealed completely and won’t break up in the pan.

Three mozzarella stuffed meatballs on a plate of spaghetti

How To Make Easy Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs – Step By Step

Add the ground beef, sausage, garlic, spices and herbs to a large mixing bowl. Add the egg and a good pinch of salt and pepper then using your hands mix everything together without squeezing too tightly.

Once everything is combined thoroughly shape a rough meatball using the palm of your hands. Once you have a meatball shape, make an indent in the middle of the ball using your finger (photo 1).

Place a cube of mozzarella in the hole and seal it back up. Roll the meatball between the palms of your hands again until shiny and smooth (photos 2-3).

Repeat the with all the meat mixture and mozzarella until the meat has been used up (you should have 12 large meatballs). Place them in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up.

step by step photos for making mozzarella stuffed meatballs

Add a small amount of olive oil to a large pan and brown the meatballs on all sides. The should have a nice, crispy coating on the outside. Remove them from the pan and set aside on a plate (photos 4-5).

Next, make the sauce, add the canned, peeled plum tomatoes to a blender and blitz until smooth. Add a little more olive oil to the same pan you cooked the meatballs in and add the chopped garlic, saute for a few seconds then add the tomatoes (photos 6-7).

Add sugar, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to the sauce and let it simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes. Add the meatballs and simmer for another 30 minutes (photos 8-9).

Serve the mozzarella stuffed meatballs with spaghetti for a classic comfort food dish, so yummy! P.S look at that CHEESE!!

a close up of a mozzarella stuffed meatball on a fork in a plate of spaghetti

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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Mozzarella stuffed meatballs in a delicious flavour packed tomato sauce. This recipe is so easy and absolutely delicious, juicy meatballs stuffed with oozing mozzarella cheese and cooked in the easiest tomato sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 639kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

For The Meatballs (12 large)

  • 15 oz (430g) ground beef
  • 2 Italian sausages
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 ball mozzarella cut into cubes

For The Sauce

  • 2 x 15 oz (800g) peeled plum tomatoes canned
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  • Add all the meatball ingredients to a large mixing bowl apart from the mozzarella. Using your hands mix everything together without squeezing too tightly.
  • Once everything is combined thoroughly shape a rough meatball using the palm of your hands. Once you have a meatball shape, make an indent in the middle of the ball using your finger. Place a cube of mozzarella in the hole and seal it back up. Roll the meatball between the palms of your hands again until shiny and smooth.
  • Repeat the with all the meat mixture and mozzarella until the meat has been used up (you should have 12 large meatballs). Place them in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up.
  • Add a small amount of olive oil to a large pan and brown the meatballs on all sides. The should have a nice, crispy coating on the outside. Remove them from the pan and set aside on a plate.
  • Next, make the sauce, add the canned, peeled plum tomatoes to a blender and blitz until smooth. Add a little more olive oil to the same pan you cooked the meatballs in and add the chopped garlic, saute for a few seconds then add the tomatoes.
  • Add sugar, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to the sauce and let it simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes. Add the meatballs and simmer uncovered for another 30 minutes. Serve with spaghetti or salad.

Notes

  • Use whole peeled, canned tomatoes instead of chopped or crushed. Whole tomatoes have much less water in them and much more flavour, these are the best for pasta sauces.
  • You probably won't use the whole ball of mozzarella. If you have any leftover try tossing it over the meatballs at the end and cover with a lid for a few seconds until the mozzarella melts over them. Alternatively, keep it covered in the fridge to add to salads.
Nutrition Facts
Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 639 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 46g 71%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 174mg 58%
Sodium 930mg 39%
Potassium 1092mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 11g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 14.6%
Vitamin C 25.9%
Calcium 23.5%
Iron 32.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Calories: 639kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 930mg | Potassium: 1092mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 14.6% | Vitamin C: 25.9% | Calcium: 23.5% | Iron: 32.7%
Helpful Info for All Recipes
  • I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan oven
  • Read more about how the nutritional information is calculated here
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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Marlee
    March 21, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    This is utter perfection! I love everything about it!

  • Reply
    Catherine Brown
    March 16, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Serious comfort food, right there! and it’s still so cold here in the Northeast of the US… as long as we have to wait for spring, we might as well have comfort foods!

  • Reply
    Laura
    March 16, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Great recipe Emily, what a great idea to put a mozzarella right in the middle. I love spaghetti with meatballs, one of my boys favourite. I like the way you arranged the spaghetti on the plate. It looks like a flower.

  • Reply
    Beth
    March 16, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Oh man, those totally do look amazing! I want run away from the computer and make them immediately!

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