Meatballs are delicious just on their own but imagine a gooey cheesy center. Deliciousness, right? The pasta sauce can make a big difference when eating spaghetti and meatballs. Not all pasta sauces are made the same or taste the same so it is important to find one that enhances the flavors of your meatballs. I got the opportunity to try Victoria Fine Foods Premium sauces and was blown away by the quality and authentic flavor. I can actually read and understand the ingredients on the jar!
About Victoria Fine Foods
Victoria combines a slow kettle-cooking process and uses only the finest ingredients, never adding preservatives, water, paste, or sugar to our sauces… because your family is worth it. We craft our Victoria premium pasta sauces using 100% Italian tomatoes, 100% imported olive oil and handpicked fresh onion, garlic, and herbs which are slow kettle-cooked to deliver a homemade taste.
After receiving the sauces, I knew stuffed mozzarella meatballs would be perfect with the pasta sauces. My recipe uses a few different ingredients than typical meatballs but I love using Latino spices. My mom makes a huge batch of sofrito which is a base to many Puerto Rican dishes. Sofrito has fresh garlic, onions, peppers, paprika, cilantro, oregano, and olive oil (there are many variations). It is blended all together to make a base for all of our meals – soups, beans, rice, and so much more.
- 1.5 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs (or Panko breadcrumbs)
- 1 tsp sofrito
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp Goya Adobo seasoning
- 1/2 tsp black ground pepper
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp Badia Sazon
- 1/4 tsp parsley
- A dash of paprika
- 1 large egg
- 1 package of fresh mozzarella cheese (diced into 1 inch pieces)
- 1 jar Victoria Fine Foods Roasted Garlic pasta sauce or Marinara sauce
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients with the exception of the fresh mozzarella cheese. Mix it with your hand well. Once well blended, grab about 2-2.5 tablespoons worth of the mixture. Grab a piece of cheese (you can always add bigger pieces, totally up to you!) and cover it with the mixture. Make sure it is completely covered so the cheese doesn’t ooze out. Place them in a baking dish about 1 inch or so apart.
Bake for about 15-20 mins until meat is almost cooked through. Place all the meatballs in a pot with the pasta sauce. Cover and cook for another 15 mins until it is cooked through and cheese melts. Serve over pasta or do some meatball subs!
Easy recipe that can be done quickly during the week days. I think these can also make some delicious appetizers! Make them slightly smaller and serve with some marinara sauce for dipping.
Victoria Fine Foods has recently expanded to Florida, so I am very excited to be able to pick up a jar whenever I want! I am so impressed with the quality of the pasta sauces and I know you will be too! You can compare the pasta sauce brand you are currently using with Victoria Fine Foods pasta sauces here.
What’s your favorite meatball recipe?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Victoria Fine Foods. All opinions stated here are my own.