LCHF Italian Meatballs

by Jennifer Wieland
LCHF Italian Meatballs

 

With the New Year last month I like many decided to work on getting healthy and making better choices where my food was concerned. With numerous medical problems and being overweight I researched what would be best to not so much lose weight but get my health on track and if I got lucky maybe lose weight as well. Through friends and online research I decided to try the LCHF or Keto diet. This was a huge change for my carbohydrate, sugar junkie self as evidenced by my copious dessert recipes on this blog alone. I have found that I REALLY love this way of living but once in a while you just want some good old-fashioned comfort food. So, with no bread or pasta I decided to make myself some tender, delicious LCHF Italian Meatballs. I get all of the comfort of a meatball sandwich or a big bowl of pasta without all of the carbs to sabotage me. 

LCHF Italian Meatballs

To make these meatballs LCHF friendly I booted out the bread and breadcrumbs from traditional meatballs and loaded them with delicious fat from loads of dairy. Then frying them in oil just adds more of that wonderful fat! Then let them finish cooking and absorb great flavor in Ragu Light Tomato & Basil No Sugar Added Pasta Sauce to make it better. 

LCHF Italian Meatballs

It’s nice to know that you can get a jar pasta sauce from Ragu that caters to those that are trying to eliminate sugar from their lives. Did you also know that Ragu sauces are slowly simmered to add layers of flavor. There is no artificial flavors and no high fructose corn syrup. The ingredients are all farm grown and this is all done at an affordable price!

LCHF Italian Meatballs

LCHF Italian Meatballs
Serves 6
Ricotta Cheese replaces breadcrumbs and heavy cream instead of eggs making these meatballs filled with fat. Cook in a sugar-free sauce to cut carbs further.
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274 calories
6 g
65 g
19 g
18 g
7 g
122 g
309 g
3 g
1 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
122g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274
Calories from Fat 173
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
30%
Saturated Fat 7g
37%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 65mg
22%
Sodium 309mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates 6g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 3g
Protein 18g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
12%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef
  2. 1/4 c. whole milk ricotta cheese (well drained)
  3. 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
  4. 2 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  5. 2 tsp. garlic paste
  6. 1 tsp. onion powder
  7. 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  8. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  9. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  10. 2 c. Ragu Light Tomato & Basil No Sugar Added Pasta Sauce
Instructions
  1. Combine the meat, cheeses, cream, garlic paste and seasonings in a bowl. Mix by hand until well combined. Do not over mix.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium-low heat. Once the oil is hot use a cookie scooper to scoop the meat mixture out and roll into balls. Brown the meatballs. Be careful because these meatballs are more delicate since they are made with dairy instead of bread or breadcrumbs. Once the meatballs are browned on all sides pour the sauce into the pot. Stir to combine and then lower the heat to low and cover the pot.
Notes
  1. You can let the meatballs simmer in the entire jar but remember you don't want to use more than 1/4 of the sauce while eating to keep your carbs in check.
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calories
274
fat
19g
protein
18g
carbs
6g
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LCHF Italian Meatballs

For more information on all of the varieties of Ragu Pasta Sauces and where to buy them be sure to check out their website. 

 

 

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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 4-20 so things are always crazy with everything from preschool, to autism, to college. She tries to bake, craft and blog her way through all of the craziness that life throws her way.

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One Response to “LCHF Italian Meatballs”

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    Michael says:

    These were really good though I made a couple of ‘LCHF’ mods; I used a small can of tomato paste, some fresh basil and garlic and high quality bone-beef-broth and slow-cooked that to thicken it. Less tomato/carb and more high quality beef/fat. then cooked the meatballs in that to let their own natural juices mix in. I added 1/4-1/2 cup of heavy cream to that sauce too at the very end.

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