Meatballs are a real crowd-pleaser in our family. Everyone is kept happy with spaghetti for the kids and husband and zucchini noodles for me.

This version takes about 30 minutes to cook and uses one pan. Here’s to quick meals with minimal cleaning up!

Zucchini noodles or zoodles work perfectly as a pasta replacement – watch my video on how to make them here (or below). It only takes just over a minute to spiralize one zucchini with the microplane spiral slicer. It’s a simple gadget that you can get for less than  $15.

I cook up some spaghetti for the kids while the meatballs are in the oven and make the zoodles. You can cook the zoodles but I don’t find it necessary for this dish.

Look for a marinara pasta sauce that is less than 5g of net carbs per 100g. Some pasta sauces have a lot of sugar so look out for a good brand and stock up.

Try Organico Bello’s organic pasta sauce or Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce.

We’d love to know if you find a good low-carb pasta sauce, so please share in the comments!

 Meatballs cooking in frypan

 

 

*Note: if you don’t have an oven-proof fry-pan, continue to cook the meatballs on the stove-top until cooked through. Use a fry-pan lid if you have one.

Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Meatballs cooking in a frypan
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30 Minute Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Meatballs

Everyone is kept happy with spaghetti for the kids and husband and zucchini noodles for me. This version takes about 30 minutes to cook and uses only one pan. 

Course 30 Minute Meal, Dinner
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Italian, Low-Carb
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 733 kcal
Author Appetite For Energy

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 355F (180c ) and heat a large oven-proof fry-pan to medium-high heat.
  2. Make the meatballs - add ground beef, onion, almond meal, Parmesan and oregano to a large bowl and season well. Mix to combine
  3. Using wet hands, form the mixture into even sized meatballs approx 40g (1.4 oz each)
  4. Pan-fry meatballs in olive oil for 4 minutes moving the pan around in a circular motion constantly so the meatballs roll and brown all over.
  5. Add low-carb pasta sauce to the pan (passata, marinara with less than 5g net carbs per 100g) and bring to a simmer.
  6. Take fry-pan and place in the oven to bake meatballs for 10- 12 minutes. Be sure to use an ovenproof fry-pan*.
  7. While meatballs are baking, prepare zoodles using a spiralizer or peeler. Cook spaghetti if needed.
  8. Serve meatballs and sauce over the zoodles or pasta. Grate some Parmesan cheese over the top.

Recipe Notes

*Note: if you don't have an oven-proof fry-pan, continue to cook the meatballs on the stove-top until cooked through. Use a fry-pan lid if you have one.

Nutrition Facts
30 Minute Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 733 Calories from Fat 513
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 57g 88%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Sodium 590mg 25%
Potassium 930mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 7g
Protein 40g 80%
Vitamin A 15.3%
Vitamin C 46.4%
Calcium 28.4%
Iron 33.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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