Recipes

Gnocchi-Stuffed Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 16 pieces fresh gnocchi (about 4 oz.)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. Italian herb mixture
  • 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
  • 1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
  • 16 small cubes (1/2-inch) mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup sodium-reduced marinara sauce

How to Make It

These gnocchi-stuffed meatballs have a tender pillow of gnocchi and a cheese nugget inside to create the ultimate family-friendly appetizer.

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Boil gnocchi according to package directions.
  2. Spread in single layer on baking sheet; let cool.
  3. Whisk together egg, 1 tbsp water, Worcestershire sauce, bread crumbs, garlic, herb mixture, salt and pepper. Crumble in ground beef; mix together until well combined. Form into 16 meatballs.
  4. Make indentation in each meatball. Insert one gnocchi and one cube of mozzarella; reform meatball around gnocchi and cheese.
  5. Bake on foil-lined baking sheet for about 15 minutes or until golden, cooked through and cheese is melted.
    In saucepan, warm marinara sauce over medium heat. Serve meatballs with sauce for dipping.

Tips:
• Add 1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley to meatball mixture if desired.
• Serve meatballs on festive toothpicks as party appetizers.

Makes 8 servings (2 meatballs per serving). Per serving: 200 calories, 9 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 70 mg cholesterol, 330 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugars, 19 g protein

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