Your kids will flip over this recipe. Toss them in marinara sauce and you have Meatball Parmesan.


For the Meatballs:

  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 whole egg (lightly beaten)
  • 2 tbsp. Pecorino Romano (grated)
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp. Parsley (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. Milk
  • ¼ c. Italian Breadcrumbs
  • Salt and Cracked Black Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp. Ice Water (reserve for the end
  • 8-10 pcs Ciligene Mozzarella (small balls)
  • 1 pint Marinara Sauce (for serving)


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. In a small bowl, mix the milk and breadcrumbs and set aside.

3. Combine remaining ingredients (except the ice water, mozzarella and marinara) in listed order into a medium mixing bowl and mix by gently by hand until all ingredients are incorporated.

4. Add the ice water to the bowl a mix thoroughly. This makes the mix easier to handle and ensures that all ingredients are released from the bowl.

5. Divide the mix into 8-10 equal scoops or use a ¼ cup measuring cup to portion the mix. Form each mix over the Ciligene Mozzarella ball forming a meatball around the cheese so that the cheese is the core of each meatball.

6. Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes or until the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees. Serve with Marinara Sauce.


Tip: This recipe also makes a great appetizer as a treat for adults as it makes 8-10 3oz. Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs. By removing the cheese, you also have an All-Beef Meatball Recipe.

Total prep/cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 42

Recommended Sides:

  • Pasta with Butter and Cheese
  • Sautéed Broccoli Rabe with Olive Oil