Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

Italian Restaurant Recipe

Serves 4

1 1 /4 pounds ground turkey breast
3/4 cup plain bread crumbs
1 (1 oz.) package dry ranch dressing
1/4 cup water
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 (1 oz.) mozzarella sticks, cut into 20 cubes
1 (26 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup thin celery slices
1 pound spaghetti, cooked according to package directions (keep warm)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine turkey, bread crumbs, dry ranch dressing, water, egg, garlic powder, and black pepper; mix well. Divide mixture into 20 meatballs, then form each meatball around a mozzarella cube, making sure to cover cheese completely. Place on prepared baking sheet.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until no longer pink in center. Meanwhile, in a large pot, heat spaghetti sauce, carrots, and celery over medium low heat 10 to 15 minutes, or until veggies are tender. Add meatballs; stir until evenly coated. Place warm pasta on a large serving platter and place sauce and meatballs on top. Serve immediately.

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