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Slow-Cooker Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs

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Slow-Cooker Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 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.
Updated Jan 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
Make With
Make With
Progresso Breadcrumbs

Steps

  • 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Don't have spaghetti on hand? Any of your favorite pastas would work great with this recipe.
  • tip 2
    Use any leftovers for meatball sandwiches the next day!

Nutrition

900 Calories, 40g Total Fat, 50g Protein, 84g Total Carbohydrate, 20g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
900
Calories from Fat
360
Total Fat
40g
61%
Saturated Fat
10g
49%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
185mg
61%
Sodium
1890mg
79%
Potassium
1210mg
35%
Total Carbohydrate
84g
28%
Dietary Fiber
7g
27%
Sugars
20g
Protein
50g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
40%
40%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
35%
35%
Iron
45%
45%
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 3 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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