Type: Main Course, Meatballs
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 60 min.
Ready in: 80 min.
Servings: 4


  1. Mix beef, breadcrumbs, basil, egg, salt and pepper by hand until mixed well, but do not overmix.
  2. Take a scoop of mixture and flatten into a 1.5" round patty in the palm of your hand.
  3. Place 1 cube of Paradiso cheese in the center of patty.
  4. Wrap the meat around the cheese and press into a ball.
  5. Repeat with remaining meat and cheese cubes.
  6. Heat olive oil in a skillet and brown each meatball.
  7. While browning meatballs, bring sauce to a simmer in a saucepan.
  8. Add browned meatballs to sauce, cover and simmer at least 45 minutes and up to 1.5 hours.
  9. Serve with a spoonful of sauce and topped with freshly grated Paradiso cheese.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp basil, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • Salt & pepper
  • Paradiso Reserve, cut into 10 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil for browning
  • 2-3 cups of your favorite marinara sauce
  • Fresh grated Paradiso for topping

Cheeses Mentioned

Paradiso Vintage

Inspired by Italy and made in Holland, Paradiso Vintage is bold and sharp with mouthwatering flavor. 

Pairs with:

Pinot grigio, Chianti, Zinfandel, amber/farmhouse ale Perfect for pairing with antipasti and salami! Serve with olives, artichoke hearts and pepperoncini or grill with roasted tomatoes on ciabatta. Grate atop simple cheese & cracked pepper pasta (similar to cacio e pepe).