A new twist on an old favorite! Mozzarella tucked inside each meatball creates a forkful of flavor. Kids of all ages will dig in!
sticks (1 oz each) mozzarella string cheese, cut into 18 (3/4-inch) cubes
cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs
jar (48 oz) tomato pasta sauce (any variety)
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
tablespoons finely chopped onion
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
oz uncooked spaghetti
cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
Place cheese cubes in small resealable freezer plastic bag; seal bag and freeze at least 1 hour.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, cook and drain spaghetti as directed on package; keep warm.
Serve meatballs and sauce over spaghetti. Serve with Parmesan cheese.
Next time, try making these meatballs smaller and serve them as appetizers; use the sauce for dipping.
For food safety, ground beef needs to reach an internal temperature of 160°F.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Serving Size: 1 Serving
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
- (Saturated Fat
- Trans Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- (Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
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.