Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs and Marinara Sauce


For the Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs:

1 pound lean ground turkey

1 egg

1/2 cup white onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

1/4 cup milk

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp mustard

3 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp Tabasco sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp garlic salt

2 mozzarella string cheese sticks

For the Marinara Sauce:

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup white onion, chopped

2 tsp minced garlic

1 (6oz) can tomato paste

1/3 cup water

1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes

1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp basil

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

whole wheat spaghetti noodles


Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, onion, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, milk, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic, Tabasco sauce, salt, pepper and garlic salt. 

Mix together until thoroughly combined. 

Cut the string cheese into bite-size pieces.

Use a 1/4 measuring cup to form the meatballs. Place a small dent in the center of the meatball, and put the chunk of mozzarella cheese inside.

Cover the cheese completely, to form a round ball. Place in a greased baking dish.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until cooked through.

While the meatballs are in the oven, start on the sauce. 

Saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil until the onions are translucent.

Stir in the tomato paste and the water.

Add the tomatoes, sugar, basil, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.

Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. 

Serve the meatballs and sauce over the spaghetti noodles.