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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Spaghetti with Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs

Everyone loves good old spaghetti and meatballs. We love it even more when there is mozzarella cheese in the middle of the meatballs!! I’ve been making this recipe for a while now, and it is a very tasty and easy version of this standard meal. The mozzarella could easily be left out for a more traditional meatball, but they are tasty regardless. I served this with a side of broccoli because that was all I had in the fridge. I just boiled it until tender, about 3-4 minutes, and tossed in a few red pepper flakes.This recipe is from Rachael Ray, one of the chefs from The Food Network. While I find Rachael incredibly annoying to watch, I must admit that I love some of her recipes. The only change I make to this recipe is to season the tomato sauce a bit. It seemed a bit bland the first time I made it, so now I use a bit of dried basil and oregano to give it more flavor. This makes about 20-25 meatballs, so there is plenty left over for dinner tomorrow.

Spaghetti with Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Ingredients:
¼ c. bread crumbs
½ c. milk
1 tbsp. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, 2 smashed and 1 chopped
2 (28 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
salt
1 lb. ground sirloin
2 tsbp. parsley, chopped
½ c. parmesan cheese
1 egg
4 oz. mozzarella cheese
1 lb. pasta 

Directions:
Soak bread crumbs in milk. Heat olive oil in skillet. Add smashed garlic, cook 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, season with S&P and simmer. Add beef, chopped garlic, parsley, parmesan, egg and 1 tsp. salt to bread crumbs. Stir with a fork until mixed. Use about 2 T. of the mixture to form a meatball around a cube of mozzarella. Place meatballs in sauce so they are submerged. Raise heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes. Serve with spaghetti.

  • Shawnda

    My husband would say that doesn’t get any better than pasta with cheese-stuffed meat :)

  • Kayte

    yummy! looks great!

  • molly

    wow!! trying these out!! xx

  • leonor

    Made this on a Saturday night for me and my honey and it was delicious!!!!!

  • http://kateiscooking.blogspot.com Kate Marvel

    Ok, Annie, I guess there is hope for me! I kept meaning to go back and look at a very early photo of yours. Ever since you said it just took a LOT of practice to do good photography and that yours had started out not looking too great. I was getting bummed because I wasn’t progressing fast enough. Not only does it show me that your photos looked like mine looked a couple of months ago, I see four comments versus 30+ now. I’ve gotten up to a typical 10+ and 38 followers after two months so I do see some progress. Now, I have one question – which photo editing software do you use? I keep showing friends your site and telling them this is what I want mine to look like some day! Thanks, Kate

  • Annie

    I use iPhoto because it was already on my computer. Don’t blog for comments, stats, etc. Blog for yourself, otherwise it is pointless. It’s not some sort of competition, it is something you should be passionate about.