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Baked Italian Sausage and Smoked Gouda Meatballs

  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 26

These Italian sausage meatballs have a cheesy center and make for an easy appetizer with your favorite Muir Glen™ organic pasta sauce. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

1 1/2
oz smoked Gouda cheese, cut into 3/8-inch cubes (about 26)
1
lb uncooked bulk Italian sausage
3/4
cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs
1/2
cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2
cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1
egg, beaten
1/2
teaspoon garlic powder
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1
tablespoon butter, melted
2
cups Muir Glen™ organic Italian herb pasta sauce or Muir Glen™ organic tomato basil pasta sauce

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease bottom and sides of 15x10x1-inch pan. Place cheese cubes in resealable food-storage plastic bag; place in freezer 30 minutes.
  • 2
    In large bowl, stir together sausage, 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs, the Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup of the basil, the egg, garlic powder, salt and chile flakes; mix well. Cover and refrigerate while cheese is in freezer. In shallow dish, mix remaining 1/2 cup bread crumbs and the melted butter.
  • 3
    Shape sausage mixture into about 26 (1 1/4-inch) balls. Working with one ball at a time, make small indentation in center, and insert cheese cube. Close ball around cheese; roll in bread crumbs, and place in pan. Repeat for remaining balls.
  • 4
    Bake sausage balls 18 to 20 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted in center of ball reads 165°F. Meanwhile, heat pasta sauce in 1- or 2-quart saucepan over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until just starting to simmer. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup basil. Serve meatballs warm with pasta sauce for dipping.

Expert Tips

  • Measuring the internal temperature of these sausage meatballs is essential in ensuring they are done. Depending on the sausage blend, some pink color may remain at 165°F, but they are fully cooked.
  • Like a little more spice? Substitute hot Italian sausage for regular Italian sausage in this recipe, and omit the crushed red pepper flakes.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Meatball
Calories
90
Calories from Fat
50
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
9%
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
12%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
20mg
6%
Sodium
280mg
12%
Potassium
50mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
4g
1%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
4g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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