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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

I love meatballs. They’re easy to make, super versatile, and they keep well.

This dinner of mozzarella stuffed meatballs was born because we had leftover ingredients from pizza a few nights earlier, and I had a hankering for meatballs. Instead of doing just a baked pasta, I wanted something a little different (and lighter).

I had been eyeing some spinach tagliatelle at my local grocery store and decided this was the opportunity to break it out. It was really, really pretty and quite tasty!

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These were so, so good. They would also be great in the form of a meatball sandwich! I loved them so much I’m going to experiment with different versions, like a chorizo meatball stuffed with pepper jack cheese.

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Chelsea Miller
Mozzarella stuffed meatballs are a delectable dish. Crispy cooked meatballs with melty cheese inside. What's not to love?
Course The Basics
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 oz fresh mozzarella torn into ½ inch by ½ inch chunks
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Pasta Sauce of choice


  • Whisk the egg in a small bowl. Combine the whisked egg, ground beef, chili powder, paprika, Italian herbs, salt, black pepper, and fresh mozzarella with your hands until well-incorporated.
  • Separate the meat into ten equally sized balls. Flatten to make a ½ inch thick patty.
  • Place a torn piece of mozzarella in the center of a meatball patty. Form the patty around it to make a ball shape. Repeat with the rest of the of the meatballs.
  • In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the meatballs and brown on all sides.
  • When meatballs are browned, add the pasta sauce to the skillet and simmer for about 5 minutes, turning occasionally.
  • Serve over pasta or by themselves!


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