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Cheese Stuffed Meatballs are so good! Tender beef meatballs stuffed with mozzarella, they are a game changer that the whole family will love!
Make enough for 1 meal, or make enough for 6!
Step by step photos and instructions below!
Ever see Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares? In one of them, there are twin guys who own a restaurant and stand out the front shouting “HOMEMADE MEATBALLS” to the traffic. I keep hearing those guys in my head when I think about this recipe.
I am always looking to streamline my evenings. Having these in the freezer is fantastic for a quick meal. Throw them in some marinara sauce, cook some pasta and HELLO DINNER!
These are special little meatballs because they are stuffed with cheesy goodness that make them slightly different (and a whole lot yummier) than regular meatball recipes.
You can oven bake them on a baking sheet or cook them in a skillet, making this super convenient!
I hope you love these as much as we do!
Why you’ll love this recipe:
- These aren’t your average meatballs! They pack a punch of flavor, and are filled with cheesy goodness.
- These meatballs can be made in bulk and frozen, ready to pull out and cook for a quick dinner.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! I cook them fully and freeze them on a sheet pan until solid then store in a sealed ziplock bag in the freezer. I can use 2 or 20 at any given time.
Yes! You can do a mix of all three, or pick one or two meats to blend.
What to serve with Cheese Stuffed Meatballs
I serve them in a couple of ways. Sometimes as an appetizer, with toothpicks and a bowl of marinara for dipping, and other times thrown in some marinara sauce and tossed with spaghetti.
I also love to use these meatballs in hoagie rolls or subs, and make a yummy lunch!
I have included step by step photos and instructions, as well as tips and tricks in the post. If you’d rather skip all that, scoot right on down to the recipe card located at the bottom of the post.
The full list of ingredients and quantities is found in the printable recipe card below.
- Mozzarella String Cheese. Cut these, and be sure to freeze them. If you don’t they’ll ooze as they cook, and you’ll lose that yummy cheesy bite.
- Ground Beef. For meatballs, you can use a blend of beef and pork, or sausage if you prefer. I like lean ground beef most of the time, but for this, an 80/20 fat ratio will work as well as a 97/3/
- Bread Crumbs. These are regular breadcrumbs. For extra flavor, grab roasted garlic or seasoned breadcrumbs.
- Eggs. Large eggs. Beat them lightly before adding to make it easier to blend in.
- Onion. Dice this finely. You don’t want huge chunks of onion in your meatballs.
- Garlic. I say 4 cloves of garlic. But you know garlic. Measure that with your heart! Garlic powder can also be used.
- Salt & Pepper. This is essential. Start with 1.5 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper
- Italian Seasoning. Make your own (recipe below) or grab it at the store.
- Olive Oil. Or any oil you prefer for cooking.
- Marinara. Use store bought or homemade marinara sauce.
How to make this recipe
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The full list of ingredients, quantities and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.
Remove mozzarella cheese (string cheese) from wrappers and cut each string into 8 equal sized pieces. Place cheese cubes in a large bowl or 1 freezer bag and freeze until it is time to form meatballs.
Make the meatballs
Using your hands, thoroughly combine all meatball ingredients (beef, breadcrumbs, milk, eggs, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper) in a large bowl.
Shape the meat mixture into 1 inch meatballs, around each piece of cheese.
Seal meatballs well to keep the cheese from oozing out.
Cook the meatballs
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Cook the meatballs, turning often until they are browned on all sides.
Drain any fat, then add the marinara sauce to the skillet and stir to combine with the meatballs.
Simmer, covered with a lid for 8-10 minutes until meatballs are cooked through.
Remove from skillet, allow to cool.
What to do with leftovers
Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat until it is piping hot!
You can use pork, sausage or ground beef for these meatballs.
This recipe can be frozen before or after cooking. Cover tightly with foil and wrap with plastic wrap.
Mozzarella Cheese Stuffed Meatballs
- 24 oz marinara sauce
- Remove string cheese from wrappers and cut each string into 8 equal pieces. Place in a large bowl or 1 freezer bag and freeze until it is time to form meatballs.
Make the meatballs
- Using your hands, thoroughly combine beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
- Shape into 1 inch meatballs, around each piece of frozen mozzarella.
- Seal meatballs well to keep the cheese from oozing out.
Cook the meatballs
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Cook the meatballs, turning often until they are browned on all sides
- Drain any fat, then add the marinara sauce to the skillet and stir to combine with the meatballs.
- Simmer, covered with a lid for 8-10 minutes until meatballs are cooked through.
- Serve with pasta.
Tips & Notes:
Recipes written and produced on Kylee Cooks are for informational purposes only. Kylee is not a certified nutritionist. Nutritional data provided on Kylee Cooks has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration.
Update: This recipe was originally published in August of 2017. It was republished with updated photos in February of 2022.