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|Each meatball oozes melted fresh mozzarella cheese when cut into...|
|One of my favorite brands of jarred sauce...|
|This is what I mean when I say to use a "good jarred sauce" without wheat or added sugar...it's important to read labels on any and all packaged foods because manufacturers like to sneak wheat and sugar into almost everything!|
Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs
1 pound ground chicken breast (can substitute ground beef, turkey or regular ground chicken)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Dash or two ground cayenne pepper (optional)
2 tablespoons sun dried tomato pesto (I used Mezzetta's)
4 small slices fresh mozzarella cheese (about 3 ounces)
1 jar of your favorite "good spaghetti/pasta sauce" (I used DelGrosso's with no wheat or added sugar)
Shredded Parmesan or Parmigiano Reggiano, for topping (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13" baking pan with foil (for easy clean up) and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine ground chicken (or beef), olive oil, egg, salt, garlic and onion powder, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper and sun dried tomato pesto until mixed well; set aside. Cut pieces of mozzarella cheese and press together, rolling into 8 large "grape-sized" balls (or enough for the number of meatballs you make). Divide the meat mixture into 8 equal portions. Using your hands, lightly dampened with water, form meatballs, pressing a ball-shaped piece of mozzarella into the center of each, sealing well so cheese doesn't ooze out while baking. Place meatballs, spaced about an inch apart in baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Pour spaghetti sauce into a medium saucepan over medium heat; add meatballs, submerging in sauce; cover and simmer about 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to mingle. Serve meatballs and sauce over yellow squash or zucchini pasta. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired.