Easy Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

These juicy Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs are a fun twist on a classic Italian meatballs recipe – serve these cheesy bite-sized meatballs as an appetizer or use them to take your Spaghetti and Meatballs to the next level!Easy Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs served in an oval white dish with melted mozzarella oozing out of some meatballs

Yes, you read that right! These easy mozzarella stuffed meatballs are just how they sound: OUT OF THIS WORLD!

The concept of these stuffed meatballs is simple: ooey-gooey mini mozzarella aka. bocconcini wrapped in a super tasty parmesan and ground beef mixture. Your whole family will melt for these cheese-stuffed meatballs!

Easy Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs being torn into two pieces with a cheese string forming in the middle

And here’s the good news: these decadent and cheesy stuffed meatballs are only 230 calories per serving, very low in carbs (0.5 grams!) and gluten-free! Not to mention the serving size is generous (four meatballs!).

Trust me, after 4 stuffed meatballs, you’ll be more than full! To keep these Italian meatballs low carb and low cal, you can serve them with zucchini noodles or roasted veggies like asparagus or broccoli.

And if you don’t care about carbs and calories, then you could simply go for traditional pasta or egg noodles with marinara sauce and serve a supercharged version of good old Spaghetti and Meatballs! Either way, it’ll be scrumptious!

overhead shot of Easy Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs piled up in an oval white dish

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Easy Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

These juicy Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs are a fun twist on the classic Italian meatballs recipe – serve these cheesy bite-sized meatballs as an appetizer or use them to take your Spaghetti and Meatballs to the next level!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword baked, bocconcini, dinner, easy, Italian, marinara, meat, meatballs, parmesan, ricotta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5 people - Makes 20 meatballs
Calories 178 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef 500 g, beef mince
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 tbsp fat-free ricotta
  • 1 egg
  • salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 20 mini mozzarella bocconcini the smallest you can find
  • olive oil spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F / 190C.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, parsley, garlic, parmesan, ricotta and egg. Mix well (use your hands, it's fun and works better than a spoon or fork). Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Using your hands, form a meatball using about one tablespoon of the meat mixture. Press bocconcini into the center of the meatball. Make sure the bocconcini is well covered with meat to enclose filling. 

  4. Repeat with remaining ingredients. You should get about 20 meatballs.

  5. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with olive oil. Brown meatballs for about 30 seconds on each side (handle them carefully to make sure they don't break and bocconcini remain sealed inside). Don't overcrowd meatballs in the skillet - make two batches if necessary. 

  6. Transfer browned meatballs to a baking dish and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately with marinara sauce (optional)

Nutrition Facts
Easy Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (1 portion (5 meatballs))
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 183mg 8%
Potassium 334mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 3.4%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 10.7%
Iron 13.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 Comments
  1. Quick question.. what size are the meatballs.. 1″, 3/4″ smaller or larger.. after browning … bake in the oven for only 10 mins. Is that enought time…? Just curious ..

    1. They are quite small (I would say about 3.5 cm / 1.3 inches) so with the browning, 10 minutes in the oven is enough, yes 🙂

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