Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

Cheese Stuffed Meatballs are a fun twist on the classic recipe – serve these meatballs as a party appetizer or over a big plate of spaghetti for a hearty meal!


Units Scale
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Johnny’s Seasoned Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Johnny’s Parmesan Garlic Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 6 oz. mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 cups marinara sauce, warmed
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • cooking spray


  1. Preheat the broiler. Line a sheet pan with foil and coat the foil with cooking spray.
  2. Place the beef, breadcrumbs, salt, Johnny’s Seasoned Pepper, Johnny’s Parmesan Garlic Seasoning, oregano, egg and water in a bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. (You may need to add more water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, to get a smooth mixture.)
  3. Take approximately 2 Tbsp. of the meat mixture and roll it into a ball.
  4. Press a cube of cheese into the ball of meat, making sure that the meat completely surrounds the cheese.
  5. Place the meatball on the sheet pan and repeat with remaining meat and cheese.
  6. Spray the tops of the meatballs with cooking spray.
  7. Broil for 10 minutes or until meatballs are just done. (do not overcook or the cheese filling may start to spill out.)
  8. Place the meatballs on a plate and pour the marinara sauce over the top, sprinkle with parsley.
  9. Serve warm and enjoy!


Meatball Tips

  • Be Gentle – If the meatballs are packed too tightly and compactly, they’ll turn out tough, rubbery, and chewy. Oil your hands so that the mixture won’t stick to them and gently and quickly form the meatballs.
  • Keep Things Cold – You want to keep the fat from melting and breaking down before you cook the meatballs, so keep your meat and ingredients as cold as possible. Make the mixture in a chilled bowl, and if you are adding precooked ingredients like onions, let them cool down completely before adding.