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Cooking Demo for Messy Meatball Buns (AKA Saucy Cheesy Meatballs)

Updated: Sep 26, 2020

I had the super fun and unique opportunity to create a cooking demonstration video for a local organization called Young Men's Service League. I have never done one of these before so I was a little nervous, but with a lot of help from my daughter, Hope, I am happy to post my first set of cooking videos on my blog! This is my first featuring my Saucy Cheese Meatballs.

Ingredients for One Pan Saucy Cheesy Meatballs

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • ¼ cup pesto

  • 1 14 ounce can of plum tomatoes

  • 1 5 ounce ball of fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into slices (or sliced deli mozzarella cheese)

  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

  • ¼ cup red wine (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


  • Mix the ground beef, pesto, garlic powder and salt and pepper together with your hands.

  • Divide the meat mixture into 12 pieces and with wet hands roll them into meatballs.

  • In a non-stick pan add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and brown the meatballs on all sides (about 3 minutes on each side).

  • Once the meatballs are golden, pour the tomatoes in, breaking them up with a wooden spoon or crush them with your hands (it's messy but effective) and add ¼ cup of water and ¼ cup red wine. Taste sauce for seasoning.

  • Bring sauce to a boil, put the sliced mozzarella cheese on top of each meatball, place the lid on the pan, reduce heat to a simmer, leave for 5 minutes to thicken the sauce and melt the cheese.

  • If you want to make this with buns, butter your buns and place in a dry skillet over medium low heat for about 3-5 minutes until they are golden.

  • Optional: spread a little pesto on each bun, then top with the cheesy meatballs and sauce.

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