There are comfort foods and then there are comfort foods. To me, meatballs are always something that's going to make me happier. I was shocked to discover that my plain old meatball recipe, while undeniably delicious, could actually be so much better.
When I tried this cheese-stuffed meatball recipe I was floored. To think of how often I could have been eating this succulent dish, but instead I had settled for plain old meatballs. Don't make the mistake I did - try out this recipe tonight!
- 4 string cheese packets
- 1/2 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 lb. ground pork
- 1 c. breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/4 c. chopped parsley (divided)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 c. Parmesan, plus more for serving
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 15-oz. jar marinara
- Cube string cheese into 1” cubes and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, pork, breadcrumbs, eggs, 2 tablespoons of parsley, garlic cloves and Parmesan. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Scoop meatball mixture into small ball (about 2 tablespoons) and press 1 cube mozzarella into the center, sealing meat tightly around cheese. Repeat with remaining meatball mixture and cheese.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook to brown on all sides. When the meatballs have developed a nice crust, remove them from the skillet and wipe the skillet clean. Return skillet to stovetop over medium heat. Pour marinara into the skillet then add the meatballs to the sauce. Spoon sauce over the meatballs. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer meatballs for another 12 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Serve warm. Garnish with more parsley and Parmesan if desired.