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Recipe Category: Main Courses

Surprise Mozzarella Meatballs

Juicy meatballs with a cheesy surprise centre, bobbing in a rich tomato sauce.

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
  • 500g pork and veal mince
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small carrot, peeled
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 200g block mozzarella or cheddar cheese*
  • 750ml tomato passata
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • parsley leaves, for garnish

Cut cheese in 12 cubes. Grate onion and carrot and mix in mince, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper together until well combined. Form mixture into twelve meatballs, inserting a cube of cheese into the centre. Simmer tomato passata, wine and oil together in a large pot and season to taste. Add meatballs and simmer covered for 15-20 minutes until cooked through. Sprinkle with pepper and extra parsley and serve with crusty bread, mash or rice.


Definitely make double quantity of this recipe because it makes a great meatball sandwich the next day!

* 12 Stuffed green olives can be substituted for the cheese as the 'surprise' centre.

Recipe Type: Italian

Author: Naomi Crisante
Date Created: 15/06/2018