In the world of comfort food, meatballs hold a special place in our hearts and on our tables. But why settle for ordinary when you can elevate your meatball game to extraordinary? That’s exactly what we’ve done with our Mozzarella Cheese Stuffed Meatballs. Imagine the juiciness of perfectly seasoned ground beef, the surprise of melty cheese at the center, all smothered in a rich marinara sauce and topped with even more cheese until it’s bubbling and golden. This dish is a cheese lover’s dream come true and a testament to the magic that happens when you decide that yes, more cheese is always a good idea.
Mozzarella Cheese Stuffed Meatballs
Taking the classic meatball to cheesy new heights.
- Ground beef
- Dried basil
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- String cheese, cut into small chunks
- Marinara sauce
- Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Parmesan cheese, grated
- Preheat your oven to a broil setting.
- In a bowl, combine the ground beef with dried basil, oregano, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix well.
- Take a small amount of the meat mixture and flatten it in your hand. Place a chunk of string cheese in the center and carefully wrap the meat around the cheese, forming a ball. Ensure the cheese is completely encased.
- Heat a pan over medium heat and brown the meatballs on all sides. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
- Transfer the browned meatballs to an oven-safe dish. Pour the marinara sauce over the meatballs, ensuring they are well coated.
- Sprinkle generously with shredded mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheese.
- Place the dish under the broiler and cook until the cheese is bubbly and slightly golden, about 3-5 minutes. Keep an eye on it to prevent burning.
- Serve hot and enjoy the gooey cheese-filled goodness!
Breakdown of Ingredients and Average Carb Content
Let’s delve into the carb content of our main ingredients to ensure they fit within your daily keto allowances:
- Ground Beef: Virtually carb-free, making it an excellent base for a keto-friendly meal.
- Dried Basil and Oregano: These spices add flavor without adding carbs, with a negligible amount per serving.
- Garlic Powder and Onion Powder: Small amounts contribute minimal carbs, approximately 0.5g per teaspoon, adding essential flavor without significant carbs.
- String Cheese: Typically around 1g of carbs per piece, providing creamy, melty goodness in every bite.
- Marinara Sauce: Opt for a no-sugar-added variety to keep carbs low, about 3-4g per ½ cup serving, ensuring your dish remains flavorful yet keto-compliant.
- Mozzarella Cheese: Offers less than 1g of carbs per ounce, perfect for topping without tipping the carb scale.
- Parmesan Cheese: Adds a rich flavor with less than 1g of carbs per ounce, making it an ideal finishing touch for this dish.
Total carbs for the recipe will vary depending on the quantities and specific products used, but it’s designed to be low-carb and keto-friendly
The Ultimate Comfort Food
Our Mozzarella Cheese Stuffed Meatballs are more than just a meal; they’re an experience. Perfect for cozy family dinners, impressing guests, or just treating yourself on a quiet night in, this dish promises to satisfy your cravings for something hearty, cheesy, and utterly delicious. So why wait? Dive into the cheesy goodness and let every bite remind you why more cheese is always the answer.
Recipe and Image by: patrickmaese