Stuffed Meatballs with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Farm to Table Recipes Featuring Rochester, Michigan Farmers Market Fresh Ingredients

It was a dicey weekend full of rain in the forecast. My kids generally get up really early in the morning, so we hurried ourselves out the door and made it to the Farmers Market this weekend just as the clouds were rolling over above. I quickly grabbed some ingredients, and as I got in the car, the dark clouds came and the rain came pouring down. I made it just in time. With the summer coming in fast, more and more fresh produce is making its way to the market, and I couldn’t be more excited to share with you the recipe of the week.

This weeks farm to table recipe is a Stuffed Meatballs with Marinara Dipping Sauce featuring ONLY ingredients purchased at the downtown Rochester, Farmers Market.

Did you know that Farmers Markets have dairy products? and this week I decided to feature Cheese Curds in my recipe and used ground beef from a local farmer to create a stuffed meatball with a delicious dipping sauce. It was AMAZING. My kids even downed multiple servings, with a sauce, which is a win in my book any day.

This recipe was fun to make, and it was easy to prep as well, so easy, my daughter helped me make the whole recipe, and loved stuffing the cheese curds in the meatballs, and stealing some cheese in the process. I love being able to bring my kids into my cooking love and sharing my passion with them.

Cooking for me is a way I show love to the people around me, and purchasing local ingredients from people who cultivate food with love brings so much to every dish.

Having the opportunity to head to my local farmers market and buy ingredients made with love, to then be inspired at home to cook with love, means so much to me. And today I couldn’t be more excited to bring you into my home and share with you some of the food I’ve made with love because of my local farmers market.

Farm to table food is fresh, tastes incredible, and supports your local community, and the freshness is so evident in every meal. You CAN taste the difference, and I don’t think it can get any better.

This year, we decided to hop in and support our local farmers in Rochester, Michigan, by creating a brand new farmers market fresh recipe every week featuring locally produced ingredients.

Today, let’s make a Stuffed Meatball with Marinara Dipping Sauce with Cheese Curds, Ground Beef, Tomatoes, Leeks, Garlic, and Basil to name a few.

Keep reading for the recipe card and to learn more about our Farm to Table Recipes.

Why you will love Farm to Table recipes

  • Ingredients taste best when in season
  • Seasonal foods tend to be more affordable
  • Support small businesses passionate about their ingredients.
  • It’s so fun to head to the farmers market with the fam!
  • Just plain yummy!


  • Cheese Curd
  • Ground Beef
  • Tomatos
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Fresh Basil
  • Leeks
  • Olive Oil
  • Broth
  • Egg
  • Carrots
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Italian Seasoning

Cheese Curds, Ground Beef, and baked goods at a farmers market?

YES! It’s amazing how many things you can find at your local farmers market. You may be envisioning rows of vegetables and fruit. (and trust me there is plenty of that fresh produce)

But your local farmers market can also be an amazing place to find fresh eggs, meats, and even baked goods. All made fresh by local small businesses passionate about what they do and the quality of food they provide.

How do you make this Stuffed Meatballs and Marinara Dipping Sauce Recipe? 👇  

Stuffed Meatballs with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Enjoy this farm to table fresh recipe, a cheese stuffed meatball flavored with leeks, carrots and Italian seasoning. Served with a fresh ripe tomato marinara dipping sauce. Serve as the perfect appetizer at any gathering, or top off spaghetti for a family recipe sure to please everyone.
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: cheese curd recipe, Cheese Stuffed Meatballs, Marinara Dipping Sauce, Meatballs stuffed with cheese, Stuffed Meatballs
Servings: 6



  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb cheese curds
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup carrots diced
  • 1/4 cup leeks diced
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbles
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Fresh Marinara Dipping Sauce

  • 4 tomatos quartered
  • 1/4 cup leeks
  • 4 cloves garlic halved
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup broth


  • Preheat the oven to 375
  • Add all of the marinara dipping sauce ingredients into a small pot onto the stovetop and bring to a boil. Once boiling simmer while you make the meatballs.
  • While your marinara dipping sauce simmers. Add all the meatball ingredients, except the cheese curds, into a bowl and mix together.
  • Scoop out some of your meatball mixture and form a cup like shape. Add a cheese curd into the indent and close meatball around cheese curd. Do this until all your meatball mixture is used up.
  • Baked meatballs in oven for 15-18 minutes depending on size. (Mine were about 2 inches across and took about 18 minutes.)
  • Your marinara sauce should still be simmering.
  • When your meatballs are done, remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Remove your marinara sauce from the stove top, let cool for a few minutes and blend.
  • You did it! Serve your meatballs with the dipping sauce and enjoy!

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