1pound80% lean ground beef (could sub with half ground pork)
1/4cupgrated parmesan cheese
1/4cupfinely chopped onion
4-6ouncesmozzarella, cut into 1/2" cubes
2TablespoonsChopped fresh Italian Flat leaf parsley
For serving: Marinara
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
Combine the meat, egg, breadcrumbs, cheese, salt, garlic, onion, black pepper and parsley in a bowl. Stir just until combined, do not over mix. Add a Tablespoon or two of water as needed to keep a wet mixture.
Cut cheese into 24 cubes about 1/2" in size.
Use a medium cookie scoop or spoon to scoop the meat. Then place a piece of cheese in the center and wrap the meat around the cheese. Form into 1 1/2" balls and place on the pan.
Bake uncovered for 17-20 minutes, or until no longer pink in the middle. Turn halfway through, so the bottoms don't brown.
Simmer meatballs with marinara sauce for 10 minutes and serve over noodles if desired.
Makes 24 medium-sized meatballs. SubstitutesYou can use 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and onion powder if you do not have fresh garlic and onions. If you'd like to add a little kick, feel free to add in some red pepper flakes in the meat mixture.