Stuffed Italian Meatballs

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It’s finally Friday! Helloooo weekend! I know I cannot be the only one who is excited about this. So, as promised, I am trying to hold true to my recipe a week each Friday for our very own #FridayFoodie here on Whole, Hearty Happy. I am going to share how I made my Stuffed Italian Meatballs this week. Made with turkey and Italian sausage and stuffed with some extra goodies, these are hard to resist. They were simple to make and delicious to taste!


I’m always trying to find simple and delicious dinner items to make and these fit that idea perfectly. I mixed up the few ingredients, popped them in the oven to bake, and was able to work on my sides while they were doing their thing! I ended up pairing these with some angel hair past and homemade white sauce and some green beans drizzled with a quick and easily made mixture of seasonings in olive oil. So yummy.



I absolutely love turkey and we always use it in our home instead of ground beef. I enjoy the flavor and also the fact that it is a healthier option. Part of my venture into having altered my eating habits was to find ways to still enjoy the tastes I loved while not feeling physically and emotionally guilty for what I was eating. So, something as simple as using turkey for tacos, spaghetti, meatballs, etc. has made a big difference.


Stuffed Italian Meatballs

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A tasty meatball perfectly paired with a white or red sauce.

If using a leaner turkey meat, you may wish to add 1-2 eggs to recipe to help hold the meatballs together. Timing based roughly on my time prepping and cooking, all together.


  • 1 package ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 package mild ground Italian sausage
  • 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Onion
  • Dash of Salt & Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of each Basil, Oregano, Parsley
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line a pan with parchment paper or, if using foil, be sure to spray with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
3. Mix bacon and mozzarella and set to side.
4. In another bowl, mix remaining ingredients thoroughly.
5. Flatten out a 1″ portion of meat and seasoning mixture into palm. Add small amount of bacon and mozzarella and then cover with another 1″ portion of the meat and seasoning mix. Roll into ball. Place onto lined pan, making sure none touch.
6. Bake until brown and meat has cooked thoroughly with inner temp of 160 degrees. (This was about 25-30 minutes for my oven).
7. Pair with some pasta and your favorite sauce and add something beautifully green on the side. Enjoy!

Let me know if you try this recipe & give feedback.

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Have a great weekend!
Copyright © 2017 Shawna: Whole, Hearty, Happy

44 thoughts on “Stuffed Italian Meatballs

  1. Pasta is my absolute favorite food that people say I am probably going to turn into a noodle one day. However my cooking skills are pretty terrible since I’m a college student and haven’t mastered the kitchen yet. So usually my noodles go without any meatballs but hopefully I will be able to follow your recipe and add something new to my dinners!

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    1. I didn’t really start experimenting in the kitchen until after I finished school either. I just didn’t have much time. So the more simple, the better. Now I am still busy, but I have experimented a little more, and have found different tastes and textures that I like and try to find delicious, yet simple, ways to add them into my meals.


    1. My husband is a big fan as well. Before we were together, I had never really eaten it. Now we incorporate it in our Italian style meals much more often.


    1. I could probably live off of mostly white meat, however giving it up totally would be difficult for me. The green beans were great & you can’t go wrong with a little pasta. Haha.


  2. We’re huge fans of meatballs at our house. In the freezer I always have at least two different kinds. They’re such an easy (and delicious) way to add protein to any meal. It’s been a while since I’ve made a version with turkey and can’t wait to give yours a try! x

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  3. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I love meatballs but I cant find a dish that has inspired me to cook it but this honestly looks amazing! Think I’m going to cook it as a surprise for my parents wedding anniversary!

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