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Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs

I really can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner, but boy, am I glad I finally did.

The meatballs themselves couldn’t be simpler—just beef, garlic, parsley, egg, salt and pepper, encircling cubes of creamy mozzarella. All they need is a few minutes in the oven and they’re ready to go. Serve with toothpicks as an appetizer, over pasta, or in warm tomato sauce with shaved Parmesan on top, as a main course.

  • ingredients
  • 1 lb lean ground beef $3.50
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, chopped Pantry
  • 1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, plus more for garnish $1 for a bunch
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten $1.50 for 12
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper Pantry
  • 4 oz. mozzarella, cut into 3/4” cubes $3.50 for 8 oz.
Total Cost of Ingredients: 9.50


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine beef, garlic, parsley, egg, salt and pepper. Use hands to combine well.

Shape mixture into 14-15 2” balls and press one cheese cube into each ball, sealing it inside.

Arrange stuffed balls on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned. A bit of cheese may ooze out the sides—this is fine.

Serve meatballs on their own or in warm tomato sauce.

Makes 14-15 meatballs (usually serves 3-4).

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Garrett deRosset, on Oct 21, 04:05 AM, wrote:

3-4 Servings…

Ashley from Sunriver, OR, on Oct 28, 12:01 PM, wrote:

I just started following your feed and happened upon this recipe last night. Woke up this morning and after much needed coffee, started cooking. I’m adding these little nuggets of deliciousness in a baked pasta dish but had to try one first. Now, the wait is nearly unbearable. My boyfriend who isn’t really into food(it’s fuel, not a love affair) even said, “WOW”.

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I needed something quick and easy to go with a pesto pasta salad and these are perfect. Really, anything with mozzarella is perfect. Yay!

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