Spiced Italian sausage encases melty mozzarella cheese for meatballs perfect dipped in marinara sauce, stuffed into a calzone, or plopped on top of spaghetti.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • In a medium bowl beat egg lightly with a fork. Stir in 1/3 cup of the panko, the rosemary, and garlic. Add beef and sausage; mix well. Divide mixture into 18 equal portions. Shape each portion into a ball around a piece of cheese, making sure to fully enclose the cheese.

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  • Add remaining 2/3 cup panko to a shallow dish. Roll meatballs, one at a time, in panko until well coated. Place meatballs in a shallow baking pan. Coat meatballs lightly with cooking spray.

  • Bake in a 425° F oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through (165°F). Serve warm meatballs with marinara sauce.

Tips

To make ahead, prepare as directed through step 2. Cover meatballs and chill up to 2 days. To serve, uncover and bake meatballs as directed. Serve warm with marinara sauce.

Mozzarella*

If fresh mozzarella cheese is not available, use regular mozzarella cheese but note that it will not melt as well.

Nutrition Facts

211 calories; 13 g total fat; 62 mg cholesterol; 516 mg sodium. 10 g carbohydrates; 12 g protein;

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