Traditional carb heavy Italian dishes can be something people miss when following a ketogenic diet. With this recipe you can recreate those familiar comforting flavors with a vastly reduced carb count!
The meatballs are made with Italian herbs, and covered in a rich tomato sauce with a mozzarella topping. The dish is finished in the oven which allows the flavors to mingle and develop whilst creating a delicious crispy cheesy topping.
It’s important to keep a wide variety of vegetables in your diet, and tomatoes pack a big punch nutritionally with high antioxidant levels and essential minerals such as potassium.
Serve with dark leafy greens such as kale or a green salad for an extra nutritional boost! If you want a pasta substitute you could also use spiralized zucchini or celery root – just adjust the nutritional breakdown accordingly.
Yields 4 servings of Baked Italian Meatballs
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
- ½ cup diced red onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 ounces fresh mozzarella
- handful fresh basil (for garnish)
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a large bowl mix together the ground beef, oregano, and thyme and season with salt and pepper.
2. Divide the beef mixture and form 16 meatballs.
3. On a medium heat fry the meatballs for around 5 minutes, until they are brown all over. Remove the meatballs from the pan.
4. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the cooking juices in the pan and add the whole peeled tomatoes, onion, garlic and tomato paste. Break down the tomatoes into small chunks and mix the sauce well. Simmer for 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
5. Arrange the meatballs in a baking dish and top with the tomato sauce.
6. Break the mozzarella into small chunks and distribute evenly over the top of the dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for around 5 more minutes, until the cheese has browned.
7. Garnish with fresh basil and serve with sautéed leafy greens or salad.
This makes a total of 4 servings of baked Italian meatballs. Each serving comes out to be 379 Calories, 25.84g Fats, 8.01g Net Carbs, and 24.78g Protein.
|Baked Italian Meatballs||Calories||Fats(g)||Carbs(g)||Fiber(g)||Net Carbs(g)||Protein(g)|
|1 pound 80/20 ground beef||1148||90.4||0||0||0||77.61|
|1 teaspoon dried oregano||5||0.08||1.24||0.8||0.44||0.16|
|1 teaspoon dried thyme||4||0.1||0.9||0.5||0.4||0.13|
|28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes||135||0||33.11||13.5||19.61||6.59|
|½ cup diced red onion||32||0.08||7.47||1.4||6.07||0.88|
|2 cloves (6 g) garlic||9||0.03||1.98||0.1||1.88||0.38|
|1 tablespoon tomato paste||13||0.08||3.03||0.7||2.33||0.69|
|2 ounces fresh mozzarella||168||12.52||1.23||0||1.23||12.42|
|3 tablespoons chopped basil||2||0.05||0.21||0.1||0.11||0.25|