Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cheese stuffed meatballs

My meal plan is a yummy one this week! Lots of family favorites! So I wanted to share my cheesy meatball recipe...hope your family loves it as much as mine does!

Cheese Stuffed Meatballs!

4 sticks (1 oz. size) mozzarella string cheese, cut into 3/4" cubes

1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs

1 jar (48 oz. size) tomato pasta sauce, divided

1 1/2 pound lean ground beef

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

1 egg

12 ounces uncooked spaghetti

2/3 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese

Put cheese cubes in small resealable freezer plastic bag; seal bag and freeze at least 1 hour.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 15x10x1" 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 2" balls.

Press 1 cheese cube into center of each ball, sealing it inside. Gently place in pan. Bake 10 minutes.

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 cooked and not pink in center. Cook and drain spaghetti; keep warm. Serve meatballs and sauce over spaghetti.

Serve with Parmesan cheese.