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Pizza Meatballs

With mozzarella cheese inside, these tender meatballs taste almost like pizza. Whether I make them for a church potluck or a family gathering, they're a hit with all ages. --Kim Kanatzar, Blue Springs, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 8 ounces cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese, 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 jars (28 ounces each) pizza sauce
  • Hot cooked pasta or rice or sandwich buns, split


  • In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 48 meatballs.
  • Stuff a cube of cheese into the center of each meatball, covering the cheese completely with meat. Roll lightly in flour.
  • In a large skillet, brown meatballs in oil; drain. Add pizza sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink. Serve with pasta, rice, in buns or as an appetizer.
Nutrition Facts
3 each: 282 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 734mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • gratefulservant_AZ
    Mar 21, 2014

    they are good, but not something I would normally make because they are time consuming. I baked my meatballs at 400 for 20 minutes and I did not roll them in flour or fry in oil. That worked very well.. Especially is using to make pizza meatball subs, would be less time consuming to just make the meatballs, simmer them in pizza sauce and top with shredded mozzarella cheese instead of stuffing them.

  • cindiak
    Jun 7, 2013

    I made the meatballs and brought them to a potluck as an appetizer. They were a hit! A nice change from typical meatball recipes.

  • mjlouk
    Jun 1, 2013

    These were really good. I halved the recipe for us. I served them as subs, but I think next time I would serve them over pasta.

  • purejoy4
    Apr 22, 2013

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  • Kichler073
    Jan 13, 2013

    My 11 year old niece made the meatballs and they are delicious!!!!

  • tchr90
    Dec 2, 2012

    Made this for supper last night. I thought it was good, but my hubby really liked and he ate all the leftovers!! I thought the browning was a pain so if I make this again, I think I will try baking the meatballs in the oven and then add them to the sauce.

  • jamieberg
    Aug 26, 2012

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  • abreendre
    Aug 24, 2011

    Time consuming to stuff, but very tasty.

  • c2mom
    Feb 9, 2011

    I actually make this recipe without the cheese inside and my family loves the meatballs.

  • Athumpy
    Dec 11, 2010

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