Cheesy Volcano Meatballs

144  Ratings
  • 10 min prep
  • 24 min total
  • Makes 4 servings.

The kids will love the melted cheese "erupting" from the top of these meatballs.

Cheesy Volcano Meatballs Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 6 RITZ Crackers, finely crushed (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 12 cheddar cheese cubes
  • 4 hot dog buns

Instructions

  • Heat  oven to 400ºF.
  • Mix  meat, cracker crumbs, Parmesan and 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce. Shape into 12 balls, using about 2 Tbsp. meat mixture for each.
  • Place,  2 inches apart, in shallow pan sprayed with cooking spray. Press 1 cheese cube deeply into center of each meatball.
  • Bake  14 min. or until meatballs are done (160ºF). Meanwhile, microwave remaining sauce in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 30 sec. or until heated through; spoon into buns. Fill with meatballs.

Recipe Tips

Better For YouSave 50 calories and 6g fat per serving by preparing with extra-lean ground beef, RITZ Reduced Fat Crackers, reduced-fat grated parmesan topping and KRAFT 2% Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese Cubes.

SubstituteCut 12 (1/2-inch) cubes from a block of cheddar cheese to use instead of the cheese cubes.

Variation Omit buns. Serve meatballs and sauce over your favorite hot cooked pasta.

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Nutrition Information

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 430 
  • Total fat 19 g
  • Saturated fat 8 g
  • Cholesterol 90 mg
  • Sodium 710 mg
  • Carbohydrate 28 g
  • Dietary fiber 2 g
  • Sugars 6 g
  • Protein 32 g
  • Vitamin A 8 %DV
  • Vitamin C 6 %DV
  • Calcium 25 %DV
  • Iron 25 %DV

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