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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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Ronald Oliver

Saturday 28th of November 2015

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

Katie H

Saturday 28th of November 2015

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


Saturday 28th of November 2015

OOH! I really want to try these!

Priscilla S.

Wednesday 25th of November 2015

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

Sarah Woodruff

Monday 23rd of November 2015

You really cant go wrong with cheese stuffed anything.

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