Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs are an easy dinner recipe made on the stovetop in under 45 minutes! Made with ground beef, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh parsley, dried herbs, and Panko breadcrumbs … these juicy meatballs are bursting with flavor, simmered in marinara sauce, and loaded with melty mozzarella. Serve over spaghetti for a simple dinner everyone will love!

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Ingredients needed…

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs are made with ground beef, garlic & onion, fresh parsley, and lots of Italian seasonings! Plus gooey, melty mozzarella cheese of course.

  • Ground Beef: You will need 1 lb ground beef to make these juicy meatballs!
  • Onion & Garlic: Fresh onion and garlic add tons of delicious flavor here. You’ll need 1 small onion and 4 garlic cloves both chopped & diced very finely.
  • Parmesan Cheese: In my opinion, the more cheese the better. So of course we’re adding 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese to the meatball mixture!
  • Panko Breadcrumbs: Panko breadcrumbs help to hold this recipe together. Add 1/2 cup.
  • Egg: 1 egg helps with binding here too!
  • Mozzarella Cheese: Fresh mozzarella cheese is of course the star of the show in these stuffed meatballs! You will need about 4 oz, but you could honestly stuff as much or as little as you’d like into this recipe.
  • Marinara Sauce: These meatballs are simmered in 2 cups of your favorite store bought marinara sauce!
  • Fresh Parsley: This recipe calls for tons of fresh parsley! Add 1/4 cup to the ground beef mixture and more on top of the finished product for a beautiful garnish.
  • Basil, Oregano, Salt, & Pepper: 1/2 tsp dried basil, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper add tons of delicious flavors to this recipe!
  • Olive Oil: You’ll need 1-2 tbsp olive oil to brown this meatballs perfectly.
Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

How to make Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs…

These meatballs are a quick & easy dinner recipe! They’re made in one pan, take less than 45 minutes, and will elevate any spaghetti dinner to a whole new delicious level.

  1. To a large mixing bowl add the ground beef, egg, finely diced onion, minced garlic, fresh parsley, Panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper.  Combine thoroughly and evenly.
  2. Next cut the fresh mozzarella cheese into about 1/2 inch sized cubes.  
  3. Then grab about 2 tbsp sized scoops of the meatball mixture.  Flatten with your fingers, place a mozzarella cube in the middle, cover the mozzarella, and roll into a ball.  You should be able to make 12 meatballs.
  4. Add the olive oil to a large non stick pan on the stove over medium to high heat.  Add the meatballs to the pan.  Brown one side, flip carefully, and brown on the other side as well.
  5. Once both sides of the meatballs are browned, add the marinara sauce to the pan.  Cover all the meatballs and let simmer for about 10 minutes.  Flip the meatballs halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  6. Serve over pasta, top with fresh parsley & parmesan cheese, and enjoy!
Stuffed Meatball Recipe

Stovetop Mozzarella Meatball tips…

Follow the tips below for the perfect meatballs each and every time:

  • Chop the onion & garlic very finely – so you don’t have big chunks in your meatballs!
  • Make sure to fully cover the mozzarella when stuffing so it doesn’t ooze out
  • Brown both sides of the meatballs & flip carefully to make sure they keep their shape
  • Use a non-stick pan for the best results
  • Add red pepper flakes for some heat – spice it up!
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese – for extra delicious flavor!

How to best serve Cheese Stuffed Meatballs..

I highly recommend serving these meatballs on top of a big bowl of pasta. Preferably spaghetti! Add parmesan cheese and finely chopped fresh parsley for ultimate deliciousness.

Another great idea is to add to a sub or hoagie roll for a meatball sub!

Mozzarella Meatballs

Storing this Easy Dinner Recipe…

Store this easy dinner recipe in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The meatballs will stay fresh and delicious for about 1 week!

Can I freeze these meatballs?

Yes, you can definitely freeze Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs! My mom has actually made and then frozen big batches of meatballs for my whole life, so I know the perfect way to do so.

Add the meatballs along with the sauce to a big Ziploc freezer safe bag and simply place in the freezer! Then remove from the freezer to thaw the morning of the day you’d like to enjoy.

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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs are an easy dinner recipe made on the stovetop in under 45 minutes! Made with ground beef, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh parsley, dried herbs, and Panko breadcrumbs … these juicy meatballs are bursting with flavor, simmered in marinara sauce, and loaded with melty mozzarella. Serve over spaghetti for a simple dinner everyone will love!

  • Author: Kayla Berman
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 5 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

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  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion, diced finely
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella
  • 12 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 tsp basil, dried
  • 1/2 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. To a large mixing bowl add the ground beef, egg, finely diced onion, minced garlic, fresh parsley, Panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper.  Combine thoroughly and evenly.
  2. Next cut the fresh mozzarella cheese into about 1/2 inch sized cubes.  
  3. Then grab about 2 tbsp sized scoops of the meatball mixture.  Flatten with your fingers, place a mozzarella cube in the middle, cover the mozzarella, and roll into a ball.  You should be able to make 12 meatballs.
  4. Add the olive oil to a large non stick pan on the stove over medium to high heat.  Add the meatballs to the pan.  Brown one side, flip carefully, and brown on the other side as well.
  5. Once both sides of the meatballs are browned, add the marinara sauce to the pan.  Cover all the meatballs and let simmer for about 10 minutes.  Flip the meatballs halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  6. Serve over pasta, top with fresh parsley & parmesan cheese, and enjoy!

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