Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs and Spaghetti

Give your old favorite a new cheesy twist with mozzarella-stuffed meatballs! Your kids will love it.

  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 2 hr 5 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 6

Ingredients

4
sticks (1 oz each) mozzarella string cheese, cut into 18 (3/4-inch) cubes
1/2
cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs
1
jar (48 oz) tomato pasta sauce (any variety)
1 1/2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
2
tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1
egg
12
oz uncooked spaghetti
2/3
cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Place cheese cubes in small resealable freezer plastic bag; seal bag and freeze at least 1 hour.
  • 2 Heat oven to 375°F. Line 15x10x1-inch 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 18 (2-inch) balls. Press 1 cheese cube into center of each ball, sealing it inside. Gently place in pan. Bake 10 minutes.
  • 3 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 thoroughly cooked and no longer pink in center.
  • 4 Meanwhile, cook and drain spaghetti as directed on package; keep warm.
  • 5 Serve meatballs and sauce over spaghetti. Serve with Parmesan cheese.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    850
    (
    Calories from Fat
    270),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    30g
    30%
    (Saturated Fat
    11g,
    11%
    Trans Fat
    1g
    1%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    125mg
    125%;
    Sodium
    2050mg
    2050%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    99g
    99%
    (Dietary Fiber
    6g
    6%
      Sugars
    25g
    25%
    ),
    Protein
    44g
    44%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    25%;
    Vitamin C
    15%;
    Calcium
    40%;
    Iron
    40%;
    Exchanges:
    4 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    6 1/2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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