Breaded Mozzarella In A Creamy Tomato Sauce

When I eat out, fried mozzarella in Breadcrumbs is one of my favourite starters. There is a particular Italian restaurant I have been going to for years, purely on the strength of the amazing tomato sauce they serve it up with.

Enjoying a meal out can be somewhat of a rarity and if I do happen to find myself in a restaurant, it’s usually with the boys. Unfortunately, Bam Bam and Nugget seem to set a timer as soon as we walk in and sit down. If a meal isn’t eaten before the time is up. You can say farewell to the two little angels sitting nicely at the table and hello to their much naughtier counterparts!

prepared uncooked mozzarella

A Delicious Starter

These days, eating at home is, by far, much more of a relaxing experience. I decided to attempt a replica of the delicious starter I have enjoyed for years and although this doesn’t taste completely the same, I have created something equally as delicious that I can enjoy until the day restaurant visits are normal again and no longer rushed.

photograph of tomato sauce

In Italy, this dish is called Mozzarella in Carrozza, but you could also make them smaller and call them mozzarella sticks then use the tomato sauce as a dip on the side. It all depends on how fancy you want to sound! Either way they will still taste great.

Completely Freezable

This breaded Mozzarella is also freezable! Just bread the mozzarella first and then lay out separately on a tray before freezing. You can also freeze the sauce too, so this makes a great make-ahead starter to enjoy anytime you want.

Mozzarella in Breadcrumbs FAQ

Can I freeze breaded mozzarella?

Yes, freeze them uncooked on a tray before sealing in a freezer bag and storing for up to 4 months frozen. You can also cook them from frozen on a lower heat so the outside doesn’t burn before the inside is cooked.

Can I use fresh mozzarella for breaded mozzarella?

Fresh mozzarella contains more liquid than cooking mozzarella so it’s isn’t advised. The mozzarella will be too soggy.


cooked mozzarella covered in creamy tomato sauce with steam rising from them

Breaded Mozzarella In A Creamy Tomato Sauce

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, starter
Servings 4


For the Mozzarella

  • 400 g Block of Cooking Mozzarella
  • 1.5 Cups Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 0.5 tsp Dried Basil
  • 0.25 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 0.5 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Eggs

For the Sauce

  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 0.25 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tbsp Dried Basil
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 400 g Chopped Tinned Tomatoes
  • 150 ml Double Cream
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste



  • Cut the mozzarella into 8 pieces.
  • Place the breadcrumbs into a bowl and mix in the herbs and pepper.
  • Beat the egg in a separate bowl.
  • Coat each piece of mozzarella in the egg and then into the breadcrumbs.
  • Repeat this step again so you have a double layer of breadcrumb coating. Leave to one side.
  • Once you have prepared your sauce, heat a some oil in a pan and cook each piece on both sides until it has turned golden brown.

For the Sauce

  • Chop the onion and crush the garlic.
  • Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat and add the onion and garlic, cook until soft.
  • Add the tomatoes, herbs, sugar and season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat over a medium heat for a few minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and place into a food processor, mix briefly so it breaks up any big lumps but doesn't make it completely smooth.
  • Place back in the pan and add the cream. Mix and heat through.
  • Pour over your cooked cheese and serve immediately.
Keyword cheese, easy, family friendly, freezable, mozzarella
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