If you’re wondering what to do with that fresh mozzarella cheese in your refrigerator, we’ve got some great options for you. These fresh mozzarella recipes cover all the bases. These recipes with mozzarella cheese will have you eager to try them all, from dips to casseroles.
We’re sure that many of them will become favorites.
Cheese lovers know that mozzarella is a fresh, tasty, and versatile addition to any recipe.
We know that the cheese lovers in your household will go crazy for these recipes using fresh mozzarella cheese. There’s something here for every occasion for you to enjoy.
1. Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Salad
Make a fresh, bright, and beautiful presentation with this Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Salad. The addition of fresh herbs and avocado makes this salad a feast for the eyes and the palate.
The secret ingredient in this recipe is fresh mint. The flavors complement each other perfectly with the brightness of the lemon juice in the olive oil dressing.
This is a summer salad that eats like a meal. It’s healthy and delicious.
Take this one to your next summer BBQ or brunch. It’s one of our favorite recipes with fresh mozzarella.
2. Homemade Margherita Pizza
One of the obvious things to make with fresh mozzarella is this Homemade Margherita Pizza. This simple and authentic tasting dish has been delighting Italians for centuries.
Now you can make it at home with just a few topping ingredients and good pizza dough.
You can substitute scratch-made dough for store-bought, keto crust, cauliflower, or French bread, but we recommend that you give the homemade dough a try.
Fresh Mozzarella, tomato, and basil, combined with generous amounts of garlic and black pepper, make this homemade pizza an instant favorite.
3. Neapolitan Lasagna
One of our favorite mozzarella recipes is this Neapolitan Lasagna. It’s a bit different from traditional lasagna; not as heavy, and this dish uses ground pork and sausage instead of beef.
Use no-boil pasta for best results, and put that fresh mozzarella to its best use in the cheesy filling for this dish.
You can substitute jar sauce for homemade, but if you’re feeling adventurous and want an authentic tasting sauce, use this recipe, and we can bet your guests will be knocked out by this flavorful and authentic Neapolitan dish.
4. Caprese Garlic Bread
Wondering what to make with your fresh mozzarella? Wonder no more. Caprese is a perfect combination of mozzarella, tomato and basil. What takes it over the top is putting that winning combination of flavors on top of garlic bread.
Is it a pizza? Is it Caprese? Is it garlic bread? Yes, yes, and yes! This is a marriage made in Italian heaven.
Use rustic bread such as sourdough or French for best results. Lighter bread will not hold up under the ingredients. You want your bread to absorb that beautiful flavor and the balsamic topping.
The trick to making this perfect Caprese Garlic Bread is to grill the bread with the garlic butter and mozzarella first, then top with your fresh tomato and basil. Drizzle the balsamic before serving, or serve it on the side.
5. Marinated Mozzarella Balls
This recipe for Marinated Mozzarella Balls is a tried and true popular appetizer, especially when Italian dishes are on the menu. Garlic-infused olive oil and fresh herbs combine to easily make a marinade for the mozzarella balls.
This dish is simple and easy to prepare. You only need to marinate the cheese for about 30 minutes, and you’ve got a tasty appetizer that your guests are sure to enjoy.
Serve with toasted crostini or breadsticks for a delightful flavor combination that is a perfect appetizer or side, along with a green salad and your favorite entree.
6. Caprese Salad
Caprese Salad is the perfect marriage of fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil. It’s a few simple ingredients, quick to prepare, and makes a colourful and beautiful presentation at any meal.
You can serve this as a side for any Italian entree or with a cup of soup, and it is a perfect complement to your entree.
Slice your fresh mozzarella into slabs and layer with tomato slices and fresh basil, then drizzle with a good quality balsamic for best results. Add a sprinkle of salt and some black pepper to your tomato slices for an extra burst of flavor.
7. Tomato-Basil Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella
Tomato and basil are the perfect pairings. When you add in fresh mozzarella and a hearty pasta like penne or rigatoni, you’ve got the recipe for a delightful, comforting, and delicious Italian pasta dish.
The secret ingredient in this recipe is pine nuts. They add a little bit of nutty flavor and crunch to this gooey and saucy dish.
Stir in your cheese and pine nuts after you combine the sauce and the cooked pasta. Stir the cheese in slowly. You’ll know it’s ready to serve when the cheese coats the pasta.
8. Marinated Mozzarella Cherry Tomato and Basil Salad
Marinating your fresh Mozzarella for this tomato and basil salad gives it a bright taste and a bit of a bite. Marinated Mozzarella balls completely transform this salad into a delight.
You can substitute homemade marinade for mozzarella balls that are already marinated, but if you do have the time and inclination, we think homemade is better.
The recipe calls for golden or white balsamic, but if the dark balsamic is all you have on hand, the taste will be just as good. The only difference is that it will stain the cheese dark and will affect your presentation.
9. Balsamic Baked Chicken Breast with Mozzarella Cheese
This Balsamic Baked Chicken Breast with Mozzarella Cheese dish is one of our favorite fresh mozzarella recipes. It’s easy and quick to prepare and yields the most delicious melty, gooey comfort food you’ll ever want to serve.
The chicken breasts bake on a bed of tomatoes and render a perfect pan gravy that has all of the richness of the chicken and the sweetness of the tomatoes.
The secret ingredient in this recipe is the addition of balsamic. It gives a vinegary bite, and the acid in the balsamic helps to keep your chicken breasts moist and tender.
10. Classic Stuffed Shells
Wondering how to use that fresh mozzarella that you have on hand? Mix it up with some parmesan and ricotta and bake some stuffed shells.
This dish always makes an elegant impression for dinner parties or special occasions at home. You can assemble it ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator for serving the next day.
Be sure to adjust your cooking time to start with chilled shells.
Tip: Be sure to cook your pasta underdone. It will continue to cook in the oven after stuffing. You don’t want your shells to fall apart. Test one about ⅔ of the way through the baking process to be sure you get it right. Top with your favorite sauce.
11. Caprese Sandwich Sliders
Caprese Sandwich Sliders are a grab-and-go favorite with the same ingredients as the classic salad, only with melted fresh mozzarella on a slider bun.
This recipe is quick and easy to prepare and makes a great presentation at any get-together or simply for a quick meal at home.
The secret ingredient in this recipe is fresh garlic to rub on your bread before you top it with the cheese and melt it.
Use rustic and chewy bread for the sliders. You want something hearty that can stand up to the ingredients and absorb the balsamic without getting soggy.
12. Mozzarella Bites
This Mozzarella Bites recipe is a great take on classic mozzarella sticks and one of our favorite mozzarella recipe ideas. We think it will soon be yours as well.
Try this simple recipe whenever you need a tasty and easy appetizer. Remember to make these mozzarella bites ahead of time and freeze them for 2 hours before frying for the best results.
This recipe uses string cheese, but you can substitute fresh mozzarella pearls too. The string cheese is a bit more substantial and holds together a bit better than fresh.
Tip: Season your panko crumbs with chilli spice, turmeric, or Italian seasonings for fun and variety.
13. Caprese Sandwich Recipe
This is your classic Caprese salad on a sandwich. The same delicious ingredients with a twist. This recipe uses creamy basil and the traditional balsamic vinegar to elevate this sandwich to a whole new level of Caprese goodness.
This is a perfect vegetarian sandwich; great for summer picnics or a luncheon get-together. You can use a whole French baguette to make the sandwich, then slice it into portions and serve it to a crowd.
For a lower-carb option, you can make this as a wrap with tortillas, lettuce leaves, or veggie wraps. The flavors in this summer favorite cannot be beaten. Use heirloom tomatoes for a visual boost of color.
14. Fresh Mozzarella Steaks
This is a delightful twist on classic breaded mozzarella sticks. These are Mozzarella Steaks. Breaded with care in an easy and messy process, they are frozen before frying and totally worth all the effort to prepare.
These Fresh Mozzarella Steaks are a wonderful appetizer, side dish, or when used as the cheese in a cheeseburger or other hot sandwich on a bun.
Prepare these appetizers 24 hours in advance, and make sure they are deep-frozen before you fry them to prevent the melted cheese from leaking out. They are great anytime with ranch dressing, marina, or your favorite sauce.
15. Mozzarella Wrap with Tomato and Basil
This Mozzarella Wrap with Tomato and Basil combines fresh ingredients in a tortilla wrap for a delightful vegetarian option for lunchtime or anytime.
This is a great fresh mozzarella recipe, but you can use sliced if you don’t have fresh on hand. Don’t skimp on any of your fresh ingredients. Fresh basil and tomatoes are what give this tasty wrap its burst of flavor.
You can substitute fresh spinach leaves for basil and use a vegetable wrap or lettuce leaves for a lower carb option in place of the tortilla.
16. Baked Tomatoes
These melty Baked Tomatoes with Mozzarella and Parmesan make a wonderful side dish or appetizer/salad course for any meal.
This dish pairs wonderfully with Italian entrees and is also great with a steak or roast chicken dish. You can also serve as a standalone dish for the holidays or any day.
Top with a little basil pesto for an extra burst of flavor, and garnish with fresh parsley. Use heirloom tomatoes in different hues for a colorful presentation.
17. Baked Caprese Dip
This Baked Caprese Dip is the hot-dip you never knew you needed. This recipe is sure to be an instant classic for potlucks, get-togethers, or any occasion.
It’s quick and simple to make with all of the classic Caprese ingredients layered in with fresh Mozzarella and sliced grape tomatoes. Bake in a cast-iron skillet or small baking dish.
This dip is sure to be the talk of the party. It’s great for holidays when served with some toasted crostini or hearty crackers on the side.
18. Baked Spaghetti and Mozzarella
This twist on traditional spaghetti and red sauce is a wonderful comfort food recipe that your family is going to love. You’ll love it too because it’s fresh, homemade, and absolutely delicious.
The sauce is made while the pasta is cooked, then combine all the ingredients and bake until the fresh mozzarella is melted and gooey.
Tip: Undercook your pasta. It will still be crunchy when you put it in the oven and will cook to perfection in the sauce as it bakes.
19. Tomato and Mozzarella Tart
This Tomato and Mozzarella Tart makes a beautiful presentation and tastes delightful. This is one of the best recipes with fresh Mozzarella for a summer luncheon or get-together with friends.
Once you bake the crust, fill it with sweet, ripe tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil, and bake to perfection. Make several individual tarts or one large one, depending on how many you plan to serve, and adjust your cooking time accordingly.
The secret ingredient in this recipe is the pomegranate molasses. You can substitute a good quality balsamic for the perfect drizzle of flavor before serving.
20. Meatball Casserole
This easy, cheesy Meatball Casserole is a perfect comfort food dish that you’ll want to make again and again. This fresh mozzarella recipe is the perfect Italian-inspired dish using jar sauce and will also help you stretch your grocery budget.
You can substitute ground pork or ground lamb for the turkey or try different kinds of sausage such as chicken or mild or hot Italian sausage for variety.
The secret ingredient in this recipe is the red chili flake. Use a little more to spice up the dish, or tone it down, if you don’t care for spice. Italian herbs perfectly complement the meatballs.
21. Italian Fresh Tomato Cheese Pie
This Italian Fresh Tomato Cheese Pie is a perfect recipe to make for lunch or dinner. Use store-bought crust or puff pastry and fill it with cheeses, fresh basil, and Italian seasonings.
Top with your fresh tomatoes and bake until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted, then salt and pepper to taste.
Garnish with fresh basil leaves for a colorful and lovely presentation. This tart is sure to be a favorite. It’s easy to make, pleasing to the eye, and tastes delightful. This is a great vegetarian option for any occasion.
22. Olive Oil Marinated Mozzarella Balls
Marinated Mozzarella Balls are an easy and delicious appetizer that takes less than 15 minutes to make and makes a great addition to any party, holiday get-together, or anytime you need a quick appetizer.
Use high-quality olive oil, fresh garlic, and herbs and transform your fresh mozzarella pearls into a tasty dish.
Tip: Don’t throw away that flavored oil! Save it to serve up with some toasted chewy and crusty bread or to drizzle over your favourite pasta.
23. Keto Cheese Chips
This tasty keto snack is the answer to your cravings for crunchy foods. This is the simplest recipe to make something so satisfying. Shredded mozzarella topped with spices and garlic. How could you go wrong?
This tasty snack is quick and easy to put together and will take even less time to devour. Serve these chips anytime you want a burst of flavour with a satisfying crunch.
We think you’re going to be making these Keto Cheese Crisps on-demand as soon as your family gets a taste of them.
24. Tomato-Mozzarella Caprese Salad
Tomatoes and basil are the perfect marriage. That’s why this fresh mozzarella recipe works so well. It’s colorful, bright, fresh-tasting, and always a favorite for any occasion.
The secret ingredient in this recipe is the Basil Pesto Vinaigrette. This dressing when substituted for the traditional balsamic drizzle, takes this Tomato-Mozzarella Caprese Salad into the stratosphere.
Instead of layering your ingredients as in a traditional Caprese, this dish calls for mozzarella balls instead of slices and cherry or plum tomatoes instead of slices. Mix it up and serve in a salad bowl.
It makes a beautiful presentation and is a tasty twist on the original.
25. Cheesy Penne and Mozzarella Casserole
This Cheesy Penne and Mozzarella Casserole uses canned tomatoes and dried Italian seasoning with fresh mozzarella and penne or other hearty pasta to produce a comforting and melty casserole that is sure to become a favorite in your household.
This casserole uses a lot of cheese. If you’re watching fat and calories, you can reduce the cheese or use skim instead of full-fat cheese.
You can also add sausage or meatballs to this dish for a dose of meaty protein. Tip: Undercook your pasta as it will continue to cook as the dish bakes.
26. Tomato Basil Mozzarella Toasts
This is another amazing twist on the traditional Caprese. Same ingredients, but with the addition of some crusty bread. It’s not quite Caprese, not Bruschetta, but a wonderful marriage of the two recipes.
This is honestly one of the most versatile fresh mozzarella recipes. You can serve it as a snack, an appetizer, or as a side dish with an entree.
Try this Tomato Basil Mozzarella Toasts recipe with your favorite hearty soup or take a tray of them to your next potluck or get together with friends.
27. Spinach Mozzarella Egg Bake
This Spinach Mozzarella Egg Bake is a healthy and delicious breakfast or brunch specialty that you are going to want to have on repeat in your kitchen.
Think of it as a quiche without a crust and baked inside of a baking dish instead of a pie pan.
A few simple ingredients, some fresh mozzarella, and green onion, and you’ve got a warm and delicious way to start your family’s day.
Even people who claim not to like spinach will go crazy for this recipe. You can add in other veggies such as tomato or diced carrot for more color and flavor.
28. Hot Spinach Dip
The hot-dip is always a fun dish to take and share, no matter the occasion. This Hot Spinach Dip is no exception. Perfect for holidays or game nights, this dip doesn’t disappoint.
This recipe uses shredded mozzarella with parmesan, sour cream, and cream cheese combined with fresh spinach and spices to produce this melty and delicious dip.
Serve with rustic and crusty bread or hearty whole-grain crackers, and your hot spinach dip will be the life of the party. You’re certain to come home with an empty dish.
29. Tomato Cucumber Mozzarella Salad
This Tomato Cucumber Mozzarella Salad is perfect for BBQs or lunches with friends. It’s light, bright, and fresh tasting with fresh tomatoes and basil, and fresh mozzarella.
You can use pearls or cut up your mozzarella into bite-sized pieces.
The secret ingredient in this recipe is the lemon balsamic dressing which gives the salad a bright and zesty layer to the flavors of the cucumber and tomatoes.
Try this one out at your next get-together or holiday party. You’re going to want to put this perfect summer salad on repeat for many occasions.
30. the Best Lasagna
Lasagna is in the top five cheesy comfort foods. This recipe uses a delicious white sauce and pork sausage for the most authentic lasagna you’ll ever want to devour.
Layer the meat sauce with your favorite lasagna pasta noodles and your mozzarella cheese and bake to perfection.
You can assemble this dish ahead of time and bake it when you’re ready. This is the perfect hot dish for those cold weather days. Freeze leftovers in individual portions for a quick and delicious meal on the go.
31. Pasta Pie with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil
This is a creative and fun way to use leftover pasta, but this recipe shows you how to make Pasta Pie with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil from scratch.
It only takes a few ingredients and some layering action to put together this tasty and cheesy mozzarella recipe.
Don’t skimp on the parmesan on the final layer. It bakes up browned and crispy. Tip: Make sure you fully coat the pasta with the sauce for best results. Garnish with chopped basil before serving.
32. Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip
You had me at Pizza Dip! This is a perfect recipe for game days, BBQs, or slumber parties with the kids. Mozzarella and cheddar add texture to the cream cheese. Use pizza sauce and top with your favorite pizza toppings.
This dip is always a crowd-pleaser, and you’ll have many requests for the recipe once you start sharing it.
The secret ingredient in this recipe is the chili flake.
You can adjust the amount you use for a spicy or mild sauce. Be creative and have fun with this recipe. You can’t go wrong.
33. Mozzarella Chicken
Cook your skinless chicken breasts in your heavy skillet then remove them to a plate. Start with your aromatics and build your sauce, seasoning with your Italian seasoning.
Simmer the sauce until combined, then add your chicken breasts back into the skillet.
Top with mozzarella and put your skillet under the broiler until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
This recipe is great over pasta, risotto, or roasted veggies. It’s a perfect one-skillet meal that the entire family will love.
33 Fresh Mozzarella Recipes
- 6 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 2 cartons (8 ounces each) fresh mozzarella cheese pearls, drained
- 1/3 c minced fresh basil
- 1 tbsp minced fresh parsley
- 2 tsps minced fresh mint
- 1/4 c lemon juice
- 1/4 c olive oil
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and chopped
- Combine the tomatoes, cheese, basil, parsley, and mint in a large bowl, set aside
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, salt, pepper, and oil.
- Pour over the salad and toss until fully coated.
- Add the avocado pieces just before serving.