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Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs and Spaghetti

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Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs and Spaghetti
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 2 hr 5 min
  • Servings 6
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A new twist on an old favorite! Mozzarella tucked inside each meatball creates a forkful of flavor. Kids of all ages will dig in!
Updated Jan 31, 2010

Ingredients

  • 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
Make With
Make With
Progresso Breadcrumbs

Steps

  • 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Next time, try making these meatballs smaller and serve them as appetizers; use the sauce for dipping.
  • tip 2
    For food safety, ground beef needs to reach an internal temperature of 160°F.

Nutrition

850 Calories, 30g Total Fat, 44g Protein, 99g Total Carbohydrate, 25g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
850
Calories from Fat
270
Total Fat
30g
47%
Saturated Fat
11g
56%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
125mg
42%
Sodium
2050mg
86%
Potassium
1060mg
30%
Total Carbohydrate
99g
33%
Dietary Fiber
6g
26%
Sugars
25g
Protein
44g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
40%
40%
Iron
40%
40%
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 Choice
6 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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