Manly Smoked Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs Recipe

Can you make an iconic meatball even better? Of course you can! With our All Natural Ground Beef and Smoked Mozzarella Cheese we are going to take your average meatball and kick it up a notch. We like to call them Manly Meatballs because they are rich, smokey and oozing with goodness. You can’t stop at just one and they are a meal all on its own. Skip the bread and pasta and go straight to the meatball and sauce. This recipe will be a hit with the whole family.


  • 1 lb All Natural E3 Ground Beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup good quality bread crumbs
  • 2 TBSP freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 6 ounces smoked mozzarella cheese cut into 13-16 small pieces
  • 4 TBSP olive oil

Marina Sauce:

  • 3 TBSP minced shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 tsp chili sauce
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 TBSP freshly chopped basil leaves
  • 3/4 tsp each of salt and pepper
  • 2 28 ounces crushed tomatoes


  • Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a cast iron skillet. Add the onions and garlic and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Mix together the egg and ground beef with the onion mixture. Season with salt, red pepper flakes, parsley, paprika and pepper. Use your hands to form a 1 1/2 inch meatball. Make an indentation in the center and place 1 piece of cheese. Cover the cheese with the meat. Repeat with the rest of the ground beef mixture, making about 13-16 meatballs.
  • Heat the remaining 2 TBSP of olive oil in the cast iron skillet over medium to high heat. Place the meatballs in batches and brown on all sides (2-3 minutes) remove from the pan and set aside. Once all the meatballs are done, use the same skillet and add in the wine and garlic. Increase heat and allow wine to reduce. Toss in the crushed tomatoes and shallots. Bring to a simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stir in the chili sauce, basil leaves, oregano, red pepper flakes and S&P.
  • Place the meatballs on in a large casserole pan and cover with the sauce. Bake them for 20-25 minutes or until they are nicely browned.

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