Mozzarella stuffed Meatballs

September 01, 2016

Easy to cook, fuss-free baby mozzarella in meatballs cooked in tomato sauce.

mozzarella stuffed meatballs

What is mozzarella stuffed meatballs

This is a simple dish that's made of baby mozzarella wrapped with seasoned meatballs and baked in tomato sauce.

These stuffed meatballs are packed with flavours, easy to make and perfect to serve as appetizers or dinner.
Kids and adults will love this simple cheesy meatballs.

By the way do you know that these baby mozzarella is also known bocconcini?

Bocconcini means little mouthful in Italian.

How to make mozzarella stuffed meatballs?

Full recipe is in the recipe card below.
However, as always, I will walk you through with some photos.

Add minced beef into a mixing bowl
Add minced beef into a mixing bowl.

Add chopped onion and garlic into the bowl.
Add chopped onion and garlic into the bowl.

Add mixed herbs
Add mixed herbs.

season with salt and pepper
Not to forget to season with salt and pepper!

stuffed mozzarella into seasoned minced beef
I like to have bite size meatballs, so I will halved mozzarella cheese.

minced beef stuffed with mozzarella
Roll meatballs in flour and shake off excess.
Heat up cast iron in oven (you can do on stove), add olive oil and coat meatballs to brown.
Add tomato sauce and follow the rest of the steps in the "instruction" in the recipe card below

FAQ on Mozzarella stuffed meatballs!

1. Can I prepare the meatballs ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare them the night before and keep them refrigerated in an air-tight container.

2. Can I freeze the meatballs?

Yes you can freeze the meatballs, but the taste may be diluted a little due to presence of ice within.

3. How do I keep leftover meatballs?

Keep any leftover meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Best eaten within 3 days.

What can I serve with mozzarella stuffed meatballs?

Mozzarella stuffed meatballs are best serve with some roast potatoes or pasta.
I love mine with pasta to soak up delicious tomato sauce.

Other Beef recipes on the blog

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
Beef Short ribs
Cottage pie

baby mozzarella stuffed meatballs

Baby mozzarella meatballs recipe Easy to cook, fuss-free baby mozzarella meatballs in tomato sauce. Serve with pasta.

Posted on 1st September 2016

I have been experimenting and trying to find my 'comfort zone' in photographing food in dark, moody mode (notice the series of dark moody photos on my posts lately?)
Baby bocconcini meatballs was shot when the sun was just off its vertical position... 1.30 pm ish.

I have this huge glass window (facing north), is where I usually set my table. When its cloudy, or raining... I jumped with joy seeing the filtered light flooding in beautifully, but, it can also work against me when there is nothing but blue sky :(.

This was the case of playing peek-a-boo with the sun!

Baby bocconcini meatballs was ready but the sun was still high and bright, with some cloud, if I were to melted cheese would be meh :( but if I were to shoot...most probably all washed out :(.

 Look at the photo above...could you see the hard shadow line? This was the moment when I was about to click, the sun decided to say hello between the thick rain clouds :(...

What say you...Do you think the photo above look unappetising? :P
I just put it up anyway...comments on how to improve moody food photos are most welcome :D

Watching Donna Hay cooked meatballs with bocconcini, and how all was done in the oven, I got hooked!

Less mess, less cleaning up, no splitter splatter on the stove, my kind of cooking ...yippee... and give me a good excuse to 'season' my cast iron pan :D.

...the only mess I made was...
I accidentally knocked over my prop board, the board knocked my glass water pitcher ... water pitcher fell on to my pasta bowl (photo above) and left a big chipped on the side of the bowl with some ceramic chipped in the pasta :( Ouch!!!
Domino effect!!!
The bin had a bit of pasta too, but without baby bocconcini meatballs :P


  1. Unappetizing photos? Are you kidding me? Those photos look edible, Lisa. I love that sauce...too good to miss in life.

    1. Thank you Angie :D for your kind words of encouragement

  2. Your photos are so pretty! I think everything looks gorgeous and completely drool-worthy!

  3. I think your photos look awesome. Don't forget that it is actually the recipe that is the most important, and when I look at that with the photos, winning recipe :)

  4. I adore meatballs, and your photos are stunning!

  5. Good Lord, I think the photos are fantastic! I had to Google baby bocconcini! I haven't seen that around me! Looks like it tastes fantastic too! Could I substitute mozzarella?

    1. Thank you Binkys :D
      Yes , you can substitute with mozzarella, you may to cut them into bite size :D

  6. My family would go nuts for meatballs with mozzarella inside! I want to face-plant into that second photo!


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