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Cheesy Slow-Cooker Meatballs and Twisted Garlic Bread

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Cheesy Slow-Cooker Meatballs and Twisted Garlic Bread
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 4 hr 15 min
  • Ingredients 8
  • Servings 6
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Stuff meatballs with mozzarella cheese for a simple spin on spaghetti, sure to please even your pickiest eaters.
By Shawn Syphus
Updated May 20, 2015

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1/2 cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 mozzarella cheese sticks, cut into small pieces
  • 1 jar (24 oz) tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 package (l lb) pasta

Steps

  • 1
    In large bowl, mix beef, bread crumbs, milk egg, salt and pepper with hands until well combined. Shape mixture into small balls about the size of a Ping-Pong ball.
  • 2
    With finger, make hole in 1 ball but do not go all the way through. Place 1 piece of cheese in hole; enclose cheese by pinching hole back together. Repeat with remaining beef mixture and cheese pieces.
  • 3
    Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Pour pasta sauce into cooker. Place meatballs in sauce.
  • 4
    Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 hours.
  • 5
    About 25 to 30 minutes before meatballs are done, cook pasta as directed on package; drain.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Try switching out the mozzarella cheese sticks with ones of sharp Cheddar cheese or Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend.
  • tip 2
    Add a teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder and parsley flakes to the beef mixture for an even bigger boost of flavor!
  • tip 3
    Serve with Twisted Garlic Bread.

Nutrition Information

710 Calories, 23g Total Fat, 42g Protein, 85g Total Carbohydrate, 12g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
710
Calories from Fat
210
Total Fat
23g
35%
Saturated Fat
9g
43%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
115mg
39%
Sodium
780mg
32%
Potassium
750mg
21%
Total Carbohydrate
85g
28%
Dietary Fiber
6g
24%
Sugars
12g
Protein
42g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
35%
35%
Exchanges:
5 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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