Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

I first ran across this recipe on Facebook in a Tasty video, and I thought I’d give it a shot. I rarely cook with meat but sometimes it is nice to have hearty protein during colder winter months, and this seemed like an easy recipe to put together during my weekly meal prep. I scaled back the recipe from the video to accommodate making food for one, and I also had to cut out a few things that I was unable to find in my local Spanish supermarket.

Ingredients: 

1 lb or pkg of ground beef

1 egg

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

finely ground parmesan cheese

chopped parsley

2 cloves minced garlic

1 finely chopped white onion

fresh mozzarella ball

oregano or Italian seasoning blend

salt & pepper

Step 1: Mix ground beef, egg, parsley, breadcrumbs, parmesan, garlic and onion in a large mixing bowl.

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Step 2: MIX IT. Make sure you wash your hands first, but really get in there and mix everything together.

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Step 3: After all the “big stuff” was mixed together, I sprinkled in the seasonings. About a teaspoon of salt, pepper and the oregano, and then continued to mix.

Step 4: Cut mozzarella into small chunks and then begin to make the meatballs, by shaping the ball around the chunk of mozzarella.

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Step 5: thinly coat the bottom of a pot with tomato sauce. I used store bought basil-tomato sauce by Knorr. Add the meatballs and more sauce to cover. Cook on low heat for 45 min- 1 hour.

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When the meatballs were nearly done cooking, I added the extra chunks of mozzarella to the sauce and topped it with basil, and used basil to garnish and serve! The meatballs were delicious on their own, but to get my carb fix in I cooked some penne pasta and mixed it all together.

Things I would change for next time would be to cut the onion much smaller than I did, maybe even puree it for a few seconds, and I would have chopped the parsley more.

The video shows the meatballs being cooked in a slow cooker, another thing I do not have access to, but I still slow-cooked the meatballs, just in a pan instead. Many of the Pinterest “crock pot” recipes can be made without a slow cooker, so don’t ever be discouraged when you see those recipes if you do not own one!

Buen provecho!

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