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These flavorful Italian Meatballs are chock full of fresh herbs and savory goodness.  Fast and easy they can be made in 30 minutes. Serve them with zucchini noodles, roasted spaghetti squash, pasta, creamy polenta or in a roll. Low-carb, keto and gluten-free.

Easy Italian Meatballs

  • Author: Tonia | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: about 15 meatballs 1x
  • Category: dinner, beef,
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These flavorful Italian Meatballs are chock full of fresh herbs and savory goodness.  Fast and easy they can be made in 30 minutes. Serve them with zucchini noodles, roasted spaghetti squash, pasta, creamy polenta or in a roll. Low-carb, keto and gluten-free.


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Prepare the sauce- Fast & Easy Marinara or Simple Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce.
  2. In a bowl mix together walnuts, parsley, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, garlic, egg, and dijon.
  3. Gently mix in ground beef until just combined.  Do not over mix, this can toughen the meat.
  4. Roll into balls, a generous 1 oz meatball -yields about 13-16.  Pan sear in a preheated skillet over medium-high heat, with just a light coating of oil, until most sides are browned.  The goal is just to brown the outside of the meatballs they will finish cooking as they simmer in the sauce.
  5. Place the browned meatballs in the sauce and simmer for about 5 minutes.  An instant-read thermometer is helpful here.  Internal temperature should be 160 to assure they are done but not overcooked.

Serve over pasta, zucchini noodles, roasted spaghetti squash, creamy polenta or tucked into a roll.


Notes

Toast walnuts in a preheated oven at 350 for 5-8 minutes.

For a tender sponge-like texture use a panade: Add 1/2 panko bread crumbs (gluten-free works here too) soaked in 1/4 cup milk or broth.  Just add to the meatball mixture.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 3 meatballs
  • Calories: 167
  • Sugar: 0.2 g
  • Sodium: 450.8 mg
  • Fat: 7.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.6 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 22.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 91.4 mg

Keywords: italian meatballs, keto meatballs, gluten free meatballs, low carb meatballs, meatballs in tomato sauce