Spaghetti and Meatballs with a Surprise

Adults should cube the cheese and do all the cooking. Kids can shape the meatballs, which contain a surprise--melted cheese in the center.


8 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup pasta, about 1/3 cup sauce, and 2 meatballs)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 397
Caloriesfromfat 29 %
Fat 12.9 g
Satfat 5.3 g
Monofat 5.2 g
Polyfat 0.7 g
Protein 25.6 g
Carbohydrate 42.9 g
Fiber 2.7 g
Cholesterol 58 mg
Iron 3.3 mg
Sodium 478 mg
Calcium 86 mg


1/4 cup grated onion
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 pounds ground round
1 garlic clove, minced
3 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into 16 cubes
1 (26-ounce) bottle fat-free pasta sauce
5 1/2 cups hot cooked spaghetti (about 12 ounces uncooked pasta)


Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl; shape into 16 (1-inch) meatballs. Working with 1 meatball at a time, flatten meatball, and place 1 cheese cube in center of meatball. Gather meatball around cheese cube, sealing well.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cook 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Drain well. Wipe pan with a paper towel.

Return meatballs to pan. Add pasta sauce; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover and cook 10 minutes. Serve over pasta.

Lorrie Hulston Corvin,

Cooking Light

June 2006
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