Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs

Dare to pair mozzarella stuffed Italian meatballs with Alamos Malbec wine this holiday season! These meatballs are perfect to serve as an appetizer or with pasta!

Mozzarella Stuffed Baked Italian Meatballs are perfect for the holidays, dinner parties or game days!

What do you love most about the holidays? I love spending time with family, entertaining and watching holiday movies. But, most of all I love all of the unique and inspiring food. With an assortment of baked goods, appetizers and holiday entrees, there is never a shortage of new recipes to try.

Meatballs have always been a family favorite to serve at holiday gatherings. Mozzarella stuffed Italian meatballs are packed with fresh seasonings and cheesy goodness. They are baked and then simmered in an Alamos Malbec wine tomato sauce.

Why Malbec? Alamos Malbec wine adds bold, rich flavor to your meal. With a hint of dark cherry and blackberry, Malbec wine elevates the flavor of your favorite dishes. The sauce includes a few splashes of this wine to enhance the flavor. Pair the meatballs with a glass of Alamos Malbec and you will have a flavorful appetizer perfect for the holidays, dinner parties and even game days.

Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs are perfect for an Alamos Malbec Wine Pairing!

From burgers and pizza to crusted short ribs and stuffed piquillo peppers, the options are endless for creating unique meals paired with Alamos Malbec wine. You will want to eat these meatballs with everything. And if you decide to share, your guests and family will love you.

Mozzarella Stuffed Baked Italian Meatballs are perfect for the holidays, dinner parties or game days! Mozzarella Stuffed Baked Italian Meatballs are perfect for the holidays, dinner parties or game days! Mozzarella Stuffed Baked Italian Meatballs are perfect for the holidays, dinner parties or game days!

Do you dare to pair with Alamos Malbec this holiday season? Alamos Malbec is grown at the foothills of the Andes using grapes that combine bold layers of flavor and excellent natural acidity for a versatile wine that you can dare to pair with a wide variety of holiday dishes. For daring pairing recipes and inspiration, visit Alamos Wines on Facebook.

I dare you to try something new this holiday season. Tell me, what do you dare to pair?

Yields 15-18 meatballs, depending on size

Italian Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs
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  • For the meatballs:
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese ball, cut into 1/2 inch square pieces
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Alamos Malbec wine
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. To prepare the meatballs, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets with cooking spray or oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, onion, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, garlic, parsley, basil, salt and pepper. Mix with a fork until combined. Using a spoon or scoop, roll meat into balls, about 2 tablespoons each. Using your thumb, press into the center to create an indent, place a piece of cheese in the center of the dough ball and then re-roll ball to cover the cheese. Don’t be afraid to use a little extra meat mixture if you need to cover the cheese. Repeat with remaining meat and arrange on baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.
  4. While the meatballs are baking, prepare sauce. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes. Whisk in the cornstarch and wine. Let simmer for 2 additional minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, parsley, basil and salt. Stir to combine. Bring the sauce to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Once baked meatballs are done, carefully add them to the sauce. On low heat, simmer uncovered for an additional 10 minutes. Serve as an appetizer or with pasta. Enjoy!

Source: Spoonful of Flavor

Mozzarella Stuffed Baked Italian Meatballs are perfect for the holidays, dinner parties or game days!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Alamos Wines via Kitchen PLAY. As always, all opinions are my own.


  1. Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom

    This is my comfort food!! Love meatballs, and stuffed with cheese–even better.
    It reminds me of a meatloaf my mom made for us growing up that was stuffed with mozzerella cheese and had her homemade marinara sauce swimming all around it. YUM!!! Pinned !

  2. David @ Spiced

    I love this idea, Ashley! My wife comes from an Italian family, so the holidays are full of ravioli, salami and red wine. This year, I am totally making these stuffed meatballs for a Christmas Eve appetizer!

  3. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I am definitely with you on Christmas movies and ALL the awesome food! OH, and advent calendars…chocolate to start the day is a winner.
    Just like these meatballs! Love a classic dinner and this is it! Pinned!

  4. Martha @ A Family Feast

    Oh my….I’m wishing I could reach inside my computer and grab a glass of wine and one of these incredible meatballs!

  5. Zainab

    What a great idea Ashley!! These are perfect!!

  6. marcie

    My favorite wines are pinot noir and malbec. I love the sound of this malbec tomato sauce, and those meatballs stuffed with mozzarella look amazing! Pinned. 🙂

  7. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

    First of all, that wine is mouthwatering. Who cares if it’s only 11am. I want a glass, stat! And while I’m at it, I’ll take the whole tray of meatballs. Please and thank you!

  8. Lacy

    Perfect for Sunday dinners in the winter.

  9. Cyndi @ My Kitchen Craze

    These look delicious! I love this time of year too. All the gathering and being with friends and family are my favorite part. This wine and those meatballs look amazing Ashley! Totally making and buying them. 🙂 Pinned!!

  10. Annie @Maebells

    Perfect appetizers! I loooove that they are stuffed with cheese!

  11. Christine @ Cooking with Cakes

    Malbec is one of Dave’s favorite red wines, so I am so into this!! and uch girrrl you know I’m a sucker for cheese, those little nuggets look delish!

  12. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    These meatballs looks delicious, Ashley! I love that they’re stuffed with cheese and filled with flavor. Such a perfect appetizer for the holidays!

  13. Mira

    I love simple appetizers like these meatballs! Great idea to add mozzarella! Can’t wait to try them!

  14. Kelly

    The holidays are my favorite especially when we get to spend it with our family surrounded by lots of good food. These meatballs would be perfect appetizers for a gathering! Love that they are stuffed with mozzarella! They look fabulous!

  15. Danae @ Recipe Runner

    Family, Christmas movies, and the food are definitely my favorite parts about the holidays! These meatballs look so good! I love that they are simmered in the sauce with that delicious wine!

  16. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    Meatballs are on my menu for next week (craving) so I love these saucy stuffed meatballs of yours. My mouth is watering!

  17. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    OK, I’ve got to try this wine! 😛 I’ve seen this wine everywhere today!! 🙂 and these meatballs are amazing. . love!!

  18. Ashley

    Malbec is a favorite of mine! So these are totally up my alley! These meatballs sound absolutely fantastic!

  19. Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl

    Malbec is one of my very favorite wines, and Alamos is one of my go-to bottles! It’s a trusty ol’ faithful! These meatballs look incredible!!!! We never pass up a new meatball recipe. The Italian in my house is constantly perfecting his recipe. 🙂

  20. Julie | This Gal Cooks

    My favorite thing about the holidays is the food, the decorations and spending time with friends and family.

    Also, these meatballs need to be in a bowl in front of me stat!

  21. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

    I make mozzarella stuffed meatballs that my family LOVES, but this Malbec pasta sauce sounds amazing! I usually just use jarred sauce, but I will have try this homemade sauce recipe of your’s next time. 🙂

  22. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen

    I love these meatballs Ashley! THey look delicious! ANd I have never tried that brand of wine. I’ll have to look for it in stores!

  23. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    These look divine Ashley! Perfect for entertaining, I just love a good meatball!

  24. Amanda

    This is my kind of appetizer, LOVE!!!

  25. Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron

    I can only imagine how amazing those meatballs taste when you get a bite of that mozzarella in there! Love that you added some of the wine to the meatballs. They look delicious!

  26. Chris @ Shared Appetite

    Mmmm this is the ultimate comfort food app! Love meatballs… and stuffed with cheese?! Heck to the yes. Love that you added the wine to the sauce… it must have tasted so legit!

  27. Meseidy

    I need your meatballs! Love that you incorporated the wine into the sauce.

  28. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner

    I’m like you…this time of the year is all about time with family and friends. I’ve been watching holiday movies since Halloween! My husband and I host a lot of dinners this time of the year and I’m always on the hunt for new appetizers. These look SO delicious!

  29. Lisa @ Cooking with Curls

    Wow, those look amazing Ashley!! I am all for pairing foods with wine, especially red wines. 🙂

  30. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    It’s been awhile since I’ve had a glass of Malbec, this one looks wonderful and these meatballs! Yes please!

  31. Sippitysup

    Thanks for the inspiration. I’m having a Holiday Cocktail Party on Monday. Alamos Malbec was already on the menu. These meatballs will be perfect as well. GREG

  32. Alyssa

    These look great! I love that the meatballs are stuffed with mozzarella and that you used wine in the tomato sauce.

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  37. Andrew Hopkins

    It looks so yummy.
    I will try to make it.
    Thank for share. Now i have a new repice.

  38. Andrew G Hopkins

    My all time favorite meat balls!! The sauce looks yummy! I am surely gonna try it this weekend!

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