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Cheesy Volcano Meatballs

Cheesy Volcano Meatballs

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

Prep time10 min
Total time24min
ServingsMakes 4 servings.
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 6 RITZ Crackers, finely crushed (about 1/4 cup)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¾ cup spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 12 cheddar cheese cubes
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 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 You
    Save 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.
  • Substitute
    Cut 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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