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Baked Italian Sausage and Smoked Gouda Meatballs

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Baked Italian Sausage and Smoked Gouda Meatballs
  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 26
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These Italian sausage meatballs have a cheesy center and make for an easy appetizer with your favorite Muir Glen™ organic pasta sauce.
Updated Aug 4, 2016

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

  • 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

  • tip 1
    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.
  • tip 2
    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

90 Calories, 6g Total Fat, 4g Protein, 4g Total Carbohydrate, 0g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Meatball
Calories
90
Calories from Fat
50
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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