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Slow-Cooker Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs

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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 5 hr 30 min
  • Servings 6
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Nothing says "home cooking" like a good plate of meatballs. Tiny balls of fresh mozzarella are the "surprise inside" this hearty dish, which uses the slow cooker as a prep shortcut.

Corey Valley Recipe by Corey Valley
January 7, 2014

Ingredients

2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2
cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon crushed dried basil leaves
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2
cloves garlic, minced
2
eggs
8
oz small fresh mozzarella balls
3
tablespoons olive oil
2
jars (25 oz each) tomato pasta sauce
12
oz uncooked spaghetti

Directions

  • 1 In large bowl, mix beef, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, basil, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and eggs. Shape into 14 to 16 (2-inch) meatballs. Press 1 small mozzarella ball into center of each meatball, sealing it inside.
  • 2 In 10- to 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cook just until browned on all sides.
  • 3 Pour 1 jar of the pasta sauce into 3- to 4-quart slow cooker. Carefully place browned meatballs over sauce. Pour second jar of pasta sauce over meatballs.
  • 4 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 5 to 6 hours.
  • 5 When about 15 minutes are left, cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Serve meatballs and sauce over cooked spaghetti.

Expert Tips

Don't have spaghetti on hand? Any of your favorite pastas would work great with this recipe.

Use any leftovers for meatball sandwiches the next day!

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
845.8
% Daily Value
Total Fat
49.4g
76%
Saturated Fat
18.8g
94%
Cholesterol
202.4mg
68%
Sodium
972.6mg
40%
Total Carbohydrate
50.7g
17%
Dietary Fiber
1.9g
8%
Sugars
2.1g
Protein
46.3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
0.70%
1%
Calcium
30.10%
30%
Iron
25.10%
25%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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