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Cheesy Volcano Meatballs

Prep Time
10
min.
Total Time
24
min.
Servings

4 servings

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

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Make It

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  • Heat oven to 400ºF.
  • Mix meat, cracker crumbs, Parmesan and 1/4 cup pasta sauce just until blended. 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).
  • Microwave remaining sauce in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 30 sec. or until heated through. Fill buns with meatballs and sauce just before serving.

Healthy Living

Save 50 calories and 6g fat per serving by preparing with extra-lean ground beef, RITZ Reduced Fat Crackers, KRAFT Reduced Fat Parmesan Style Grated Topping and KRAFT Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese Cubes.

Substitute

Cut 12 (1/2-inch) cubes from a block of KRAFT Cheddar Cheese to use instead of the KRAFT Cheese Cubes.

Variation

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

Servings

  • 4 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 4 servings
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 430
Total fat 19g
Saturated fat 8g
Cholesterol 90mg
Sodium 710mg
Carbohydrate 28g
Dietary fiber 2g
Sugars 6g
Protein 32g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 8 %DV
Vitamin C 6 %DV
Calcium 25 %DV
Iron 25 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

Ratings & Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from My family loved these meatballs! My family loved these meatballs!! Especially my kids. One small change that I would make would be to encase the cheese cubes inside the meatballs as you make them. Pushing them into the center flattened my meatballs and most of the cheese ran out during the cooking process. Also, I recommend using a more "heavier-duty" roll, such as a steak or hoagie roll. The hot dog rolls are too small for these meatballs and the sauce made the roll soggy. A bigger roll would work better. The meatballs are very delicious though! Will make again for sure!
Date published: 2007-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My friend and I made this recipe, and it was wonderful! My friend and I made this recipe, and it was wonderful! This recipe is easy and inexpensive too! I love Subway's Meatball Sub, but it costs too much. I now have a formidable substitute! The only thing I would change is sticking cheese cubes into the ground beef. I know this step appeals to children, but when the cheese melts it can become a mess in the baking dish. I prefer to place slices of cheddar or mozarella on the sandwiches after cooking.
Date published: 2008-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We really enjoyed these meatballs but I did do somethings different. We really enjoyed these meatballs but I did do somethings different. First I doubled the recipe (my family is larger than most with large appetites). I did add an egg to keep the meatballs together better. Second I used some mozzarella in half and cheddar in the rest. I also had to cook mine about twice as long my meatballs may have been larger. My three year old son loved helping put the cheese in. We will make these again.
Date published: 2007-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great recipe. This is a great recipe. We used ground turkey instead of ground beef. I can think of 3 variations to do with this recipe. The first is the one we made...use ground turkey instead of beef and bbq sauce instead of spaghetti sauce. It was delicious. I am also planning on doing Italian...ground pork instead of beef, spaghetti sauce, and mozzarella cubes instead of cheddar. Also, ground turkey, taco sauce, and pepperjack cubes.
Date published: 2010-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great recipe, very easy to make and the family loved it! Great recipe, very easy to make and the family loved it! I even loved it and I hardly eat because I am the one who does the cooking. I did add chopped green peppers and white onions and I also seasoned the meat using Season Salt! Then mixed everything together. I also sprinkled the meatballs with parmeasan cheese once they were in the buns for even more flavor.
Date published: 2007-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I let my 6year lod make this one. I let my 6year lod make this one. I laid out all the things she would need and I instructed her on how to do everything. She loved making dinner for our family. I took pictures and had a really good time with my daughter in the kitchen. Thanks so much, Krissy81
Date published: 2007-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I used ground turkey instead of beef and italian bread crumbs instead of crackers. I used ground turkey instead of beef and italian bread crumbs instead of crackers. My son, the pickiest eater since my brother, has asked for these 4 times since I made them 2 days ago. We had them with buttered egg noodles and green beans instead of as sandwiches. I am going to try it as a meatloaf next.
Date published: 2007-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I found this in the Kraft Food and Family magazine in the Kids Can Cook section. I found this in the Kraft Food and Family magazine in the Kids Can Cook section. My kids did most of the work, (I baked them)! Dinner that night was wonderful and it made delicious leftovers. I served with sesame green beans. We'll use this recipe again and the kids really felt included in dinner plans.
Date published: 2007-09-14
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