Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs and Spaghetti

Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs and Spaghetti

A new twist on an old favorite! Mozzarella tucked inside each meatball creates a forkful of flavor. Kids of all ages will dig in!

Prep Time

35

Minutes

Total Time

2:05

Hrs:Mins

Makes

6

servings

4
sticks (1 oz each) mozzarella string cheese, cut into 18 (3/4-inch) cubes
1/2
cup Progresso® Italian style bread crumbs
1
jar (48 oz) tomato pasta sauce (any variety)
1 1/2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
2
tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1
egg
12
oz uncooked spaghetti
2/3
cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
  1. Place cheese cubes in small resealable freezer plastic bag; seal bag and freeze at least 1 hour.
  2. Heat oven to 375°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil; spray foil with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix bread crumbs and 3 tablespoons of the pasta sauce. Stir in beef, onion, salt, oregano and egg. Shape mixture into 18 (2-inch) balls. Press 1 cheese cube into center of each ball, sealing it inside. Gently place in pan. Bake 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, pour remaining pasta sauce into 5-quart Dutch oven. Cover; heat to simmering over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Gently stir in meatballs; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover; simmer about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are thoroughly cooked and no longer pink in center.
  4. Meanwhile, cook and drain spaghetti as directed on package; keep warm.
  5. Serve meatballs and sauce over spaghetti. Serve with Parmesan cheese.
Makes 6 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Next time, try making these meatballs smaller and serve them as appetizers; use the sauce for dipping.
Tip
For food safety, ground beef needs to reach an internal temperature of 160°F.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 850
    • (Calories from Fat 270),
  • Total Fat 30g
    • (Saturated Fat 11g,
    • Trans Fat 1g),
  • Cholesterol 125mg;
  • Sodium 2050mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 99g
    • (Dietary Fiber 6g,
    • Sugars 25g),
  • Protein 44g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 4 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 6 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.