Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

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Spaghetti & Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

 Well happy Friday! After all these sweet treats I’ve been posting, I thought I would leave you a healthy dinner idea for the weekend. And by healthy I mean relatively low fat. I use the word “healthy” very loosely, don’t I? Oh well…I’ll be sure to have a ridiculous dessert to post on Monday! One that’s “healthy”! 😀

These turkey meatballs are delicious…and easy! But more importantly, delicious.

Spaghetti & Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

 They are garlicky, moist, tender and filled with cheese. What person doesn’t love cheese stuffed into their food? It’s brilliant! Whoever first thought of that deserves a metal. Just sayin’….

So, there are a lot of the usual culprits that you would typically find in balls o’ meat that are in this recipe: ground turkey, onion, garlic, egg, seasonings, blah blah blah. BUT, why is my recipe different, you ask? Well, my friends, I use bread. Not breadcrumbs. Bread. 1 slice to be exact. And I take said slice of bread and soak it in milk. Milk?! Yes! Milk! It’s a great trick to keep your meatballs extra moist. Sounds kinda sketchy, but I assure you it works wonders!

Don’t believe me? Make ’em and see! Also, have I ever lead you astray? NEVER!

It’s not my style.

I personally LOVED these with marinara and spaghetti and so did the other two family members I gotta feed. We ate our dinners happily! Hope your family loves this recipe as much as mine did! Have a great weekend!

Spaghetti & Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

These tasty Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs have a creamy surprise inside and are delicious served over spaghetti.
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 37 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 slice white bread
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 24 1/2 inch cubed mozzarella cheese
  • 1 jar marinara sauce warmed
  • 1/3-1/2 pound spaghetti cooked to al dente

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat and set aside.
  • Tear slice of white bread into small pieces and place into a large bowl. Pour milk over top of the bread and let it soak while you chop the onions and garlic.
  • Add the remaining ingredients {excluding the cheese} into the bowl and mix thoroughly until all ingredients are evenly combined.
  • Scoop the meat mixture by the tablespoon into your hand and place a cube of cheese in the middle. Press the meat all around the cheese to cover completely and roll into a ball.
  • Place on prepared baking sheet and continue stuffing the meatballs with cheese until you have 24. Bake for 20-23 minutes or until meat is thoroughly cooked. Serve with marinara and spaghetti.

Nutrition

Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1528mg | Potassium: 1153mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1084IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

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32 Responses
  1. Kathryn

    This looks so good! I love the idea of stuffing cheese inside your meatballs – I also use the bread trick as well and you’re right, it makes the meatballs so moist.

  2. Csilla

    Oh mama! Now I started craving cheesy meatballs so my pasta with feta cheese and spinach will be postponed and I am SO gonna make this recipe tomorrow! 😉

  3. Gina

    This recipe looks delicious! I haven’t used ground turkey for meatballs yet, just turkey burgers. With the burgers, I love the flavor, so I am super excited to try this! Stuffed with cheese, even better!!

  4. Anna

    Oh man, everything is better stuffed with cheese, isn’t it?
    This is making me so very hungry, right when I’m trying again not to eat after 8 pm…probably not the best time to be catching up on the best food blogs, is it. 🙂

  5. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I am going to make those meatballs FOR SURE!!!!! I love stuffed meatballs, especially ones that can be done in the oven. Cooking meatballs on the stove is always a pain in the a**.

  6. Jennifer @ KitchenJoy

    Hi! Just wanted to let you know I featured this recipe on my blog as part of the Crazy Cooking Challenge! They are fabulous!!
    http://kitchenjoyblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/spaghetti-with-mozzarella-stuffed.html

  7. Kristen

    I made these tonight for dinner, and your minestrone last week. Safe to say your food blog has become my favorite!!! My family loves the recipes and are raving about the food. Can’t wait to explore the rest!

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