Italian Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs

Italian Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs via @sheenatatum

I pepped up pasta night’s meatballs using Johnsonville® Fresh Italian Mild Sausage Links as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. Thanks for supporting our site partners! #SausageFamily

I’ve been cooking meatballs the same way for several years now and while we are pretty content with that method, I wanted to try something new. I recently watched a video that shared a way to add additional flavor to meatballs by using Italian sausage and cheese. I’ve never used Italian sausage or cheese in my meatballs so I thought I’d pep up last week’s pasta night with the hubs, by giving this recipe enhancement a try. While this recipe calls for ground Italian sausage, I was able to improvise with Johnsonville®’s Fresh Italian Mild Sausage Links and a few whirls around the blender. I’m all for avoiding extra trips to the grocery store. I thought I’d save Greg the hassle this time around.

The Italian sausage really enhanced the flavor, making these tender meatballs a scrumptious new favorite. Next time around, I think I’ll match two batches so that I can put one in the freezer. Let’s get to the recipe, shall we?

Italian Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs

Italian Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs via @sheenatatum

Italian Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1lb ground Italian sausage
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 8oz bag of colby/monterey jack cheese cubes
  1. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together excluding the cheese cubes. Roll the meat mixture into several golf ball sized balls. Press 2 cheese cubes into the center of each meatball and pull the edges of the meat ball around it until the cheese is no longer visible.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, thoroughly cook meatballs until the insides are no longer pink. Flip them around periodically to brown multiple sides.
  3. Serve with pasta sauce on top of your favorite pasta noodle.

Italian Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs via @sheenatatum

Italian Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs via @sheenatatum

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • Ronald Oliver November 28, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    This looks really good! Thanks for sharing! We’ll definitely have to try this!

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  • Katie H November 28, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    mmm these look soo good!! easy to make gluten free too!

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  • Norma November 28, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    OOH! I really want to try these!

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  • Priscilla S. November 25, 2015 at 3:51 AM

    These look SO delicious! I love Italian food. These meatballs would be a great way to liven up standard spaghetti dinners.

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  • Sarah Woodruff November 23, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    You really cant go wrong with cheese stuffed anything.

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  • Renee November 23, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    I can’t wait to try these! They look amazing!

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  • Vickie November 22, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    These is a great idea. We love pasta and meatballs.
    I have never thought to add cheese to the middle.
    Thanks for the tip.

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  • PuffBiggly November 21, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Those meatballs look delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Mary Beth Elderton November 21, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    These look delicious! Takes meatballs to a whole new level. Pinned!

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  • rochelle johnson November 20, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    These look yummy

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  • HS November 20, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    I love meatballs with spaghetti, this one looks so delicious.

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  • Stacy D. November 11, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    I’m definitely going to be making these! Thanks!

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