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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball Hoagies

My little guy has been asking for spaghetti and meatballs for the last few days, so I thought I’d make some. I’ve had these little mozzarella balls in my fridge for the last week and needed to use them up, so here they are stuffed inside the meatballs.

After I made my boys their noodles for their spaghetti, I thought meatball hoagies sounded like a better idea for my husband and I since I had been making pasta so much.

I bought these yummy garlic ciabatta rolls from Walmart. They were so good, they tasted just like crispy garlic toast. I broiled them in the oven with some provolone cheese until nice and toasty.

Hot and steamy, ready to be eaten!

Here’s those little mozzarella balls. They are marinated in olive oil. I can’t remember where I got these, but most grocery stores carry them. I know Trader Joe’s carries them.

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball Hoagies

1 lb ground beef
1 egg
2 Tablespoons milk
1 Tablespoon Tabasco Hot Sauce
½ Cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
½ Cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon dried basil

12-15 1 inch mozzarella balls (marinated in olive oil)
1 26oz jar favorite pasta sauce, or homemade sauce
4-6 Garlic Ciabatta Rolls, or other rolls of choice, cut in half
4 sliced provolone cheese, each cut into halves

1. Preheat oven to 350. Place beef, egg, milk, hot sauce, bread crumbs, parmesan, salt, pepper, oregano and basil in a large bowl. With hands or large spoon, mix until well combined.

2. Scoop about ¼ Cup meat mixture in hands; press 1 mozzarella ball into middle of meat and form a ball around the cheese. Do this until all meat and cheese is used up; makes about 12-15 large meatballs.

3. Place all meatballs into a 9×13 inch baking dish that has ¼ Cup olive oil spread into bottom. Bake for 20 minutes; flip all meatballs. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.

4. Place pasta sauce into a large pot. Place cooked meatballs in sauce. Simmer on low heat.

5. Place ½ slice of provolone onto the cut sides of rolls. Place onto tin foil or baking sheet and broil in oven for 1-2 minutes or until rolls are toasted and cheese is melted.

6. Place 3-4 meatballs onto bottom halves of toasted rolls. Spoon pasta sauce over meatballs and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Close with top roll and serve warm.

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  1. 1
    Emiline says:

    They sound delicious- I love anything Italian. I used to buy those mozzarella balls at Wal-Mart, and I really liked them. Then they stopped selling them. So once again, I’m jealous of your Trader Joes.

  2. 2
    Jenny says:

    Hi Emiline,
    I too love anything Italian. We ate those meatballs until they were all gone! Wish you had a Trader Joes! You’d love it.

    Happy New Year!

  3. 3
    Proud Italian Cook says:

    Wishing you a great 2008 Jenny, to you and yours!!!

  4. 4
    Jerry says:

    This sounds like a great combination. I will have to give it a try.

  5. 5
    Tracy says:

    Those look delicious, Jenny!

    Hope you have a wonderful new year — with lots of wins!

  6. 6
    Jenny says:

    Proud Italian Cook,
    You too! Have a great 2008!

    You’ll love these, I am excited to make them again. Enjoy!

    Happy new year to you too! Hope we can meet in 2008 somewhere great!

  7. 7
    Libby says:

    Oh Jenny-I was just blog hopping and found your fun blog! I so wish that I was your neighbor so that I could sample all of your delicious treats! I’m going to have to try some of your recipes (since cooking more is one of my resolutions-sad huh?)! I also saw sweet little Kimmy’s blog too-so cute and talented! K-I’m going to call you soon so that we can catch up on life. Can’t wait to watch you on the Food Netork-I’ll be rooting for my “Spritz Sista!”
    Happy 2008-Libby

  8. 8
    Jenny says:

    How funny that you found my blog! So glad to hear from you. I’d love to chit chat anytime.

    Loved your Christmas Card, your boys are adorable! Funny how the spritz sisters both have 2 little boys practically the same ages! Talk to you soon!

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    these sound so good. i am going to try them. i was wondering if you had a favorite store-bought sauce. one that maybe tastes a little “homemade”. my husband can’t stand prego, but it would be way easier to just dump a jar of sauce. any suggestions???

  10. 10
    Jenny says:

    My favorite store bought sauce is Classico brand, any kind you feel like purchasing. They taste most homemade in my opinion. Hope you enjoy the hoagies.

  11. 11
    Anissa says:

    Just made these last night. They were delicious. I did have a bit of trouble with the cheese oozing out of the meatballs though. Do you have the same thing happen when you make them?
    I’m a newbie to your blog, but am loving it and trying a whole bunch of recipes. Thanks!

  12. 12

    Good blogpost, thanks so much!

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