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San Giorgio® Spaghetti and Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs

These meatballs are stuffed with a cube of mozzarella, then cooked directly in simmering sauce for a quick and cheesy take on a classic comfort food favorite.

Serves 6
Ready in 45 mins
Prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 30 mins
730 calories per serving


> 1 pkg (16 oz) San Giorgio® Spaghetti
> 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
> 2 cloves garlic, sliced
> 1 jar (24 oz) strained puréed tomatoes (passata)
> 3/4 tsp salt, divided
> 3/4 tsp pepper, divided
> 12 oz lean ground beef
> 8 oz Italian sausage, casing removed
> 1/3 cup bread crumbs
> 1 egg, lightly beaten
> 4 oz mozzarella cheese block, cut into 16 cubes
> 1/4 cup fresh basil, torn
> 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
> 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped


Cook pasta according to package directions; drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.
Heat 3 tbsp oil in high-sided skillet or large saucepan set over medium heat. Cook garlic for 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly softened. Stir in tomatoes, and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper. Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix together beef, sausage, bread crumbs, egg, remaining oil, and remaining salt and pepper until combined. Roll into 16 (1 1/2-inch) balls. Press cube of mozzarella into each ball, wrapping meat around it, to completely cover and enclose cheese.
One at a time, drop meatballs into sauce. Cover and cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Transfer meatballs to bowl. Reduce heat to low.
Toss together pasta, reserved cooking liquid, sauce and basil until well coated. Serve pasta topped with meatballs; sprinkle with parsley. Serve with Parmesan.


Recipe provided by San Giorgio® Pasta.


Use sweet or spicy Italian sausage, depending on preference.

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