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Keto Meatballs with Ricotta and Marinara

Keto Meatballs displayed in a cast iron skillet

Keto Meatballs are the workhorse of your Keto kitchen. They can be prepped in big batches and frozen, then cooked off when you’re ready— with no one the wiser. They can be roasted in a bath of rich marinara sauce, sugar free teriyaki, or rich creamy gravies, giving you a go-to meal idea for specific, international cravings.

They’re also crowd friendly. Have you ever meat anyone who doesn’t like a meatball? I didn’t think so…

Keto meatballs being served with a wooden spoon

A couple Fridays back, we were SUPER EXCITED to see that Marco’s Pizza has started selling meatball bakes, making it all that easier to order in on Friday nights! Pizza for the kids, meatball bake and a Greek salad for us. It seemed like a match made in heaven, until we continued craving it all weekend long.

I decided we needed to create a breadcrumb- free, meatball recipe that still had the moisture and interest of traditional meatballs.

High Ho Silver! To the kitchen we go…..

Keto meatballs baked and presented on a red tablecloth

These Keto Meatballs only take 10-15 minutes to go from ingredients to baking sheets AND they can be prepped ahead of time and even frozen.

For busy families I recommend making a full batch and then splitting the 24 meatballs half and half into little baking dishes. Make one for tonight, and save one for later in the week or even freeze it!

Keto meatballs - close up

Also, this meatball recipe is a fine base for any other Keto Meatball recipes… Swedish meatballs, sweet and sour meatballs, party cocktail meatballs—all can be made with the meatball mix. They are tender, juicy, and the best part… Low Carb! 🙂

If you’re looking for more Keto and Low Carb Recipes, try out our most popular Keto Recipes…

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Keto meatballs - close up in a cast iron skillet
Yield: 24 meatballs (8 servings)

Keto Meatballs with Ricotta and Marinara

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These tasty low carb meatballs are covered with ricotta cheese and baked in low sugar marinara sauce until hot and bubbly! They qualify as a low carb or keto meal, but they're so delicious that the whole family won't even notice!

Carbs- 4g Fats- 33g Protein- 27g (Without using the Rao's brand of pizza sauce this is 7g of carbs per serving. )

Ingredients

  • Meatball Ingredients:
  • 1 pound 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 c. parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c. mozzarella
  • 1/2 c. cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. grated white onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed through a garlic press
  • Season with a few dashes of salt, pepper, parsley, onion powder.
  • Additional Ingredients:
  • 1 jar Rao's brand low carb pizza sauce
  • 3/4 c. whole milk ricotta cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. For the meatballs:
  3. In a bowl combine all of the meatball ingredients. Mix gently with your hands. Using a 2-3 oz. scoop, scoop out meatballs, roll in your hands, and place on a foil-lined and greased baking sheet. There should be about 24 meatballs. Sprinkle the meatballs with salt, pepper, and onion powder.
  4. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes. You want some browning on the outside, but the meatballs will be cooked again momentarily.
  5. Transfer the meatballs to a glass casserole dish or a large cast-iron skillet. Pour the entire jar of pizza sauce on the meatballs and spoon ricotta all over it. Sprinkle with extra parmesan if desired.
  6. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes and then broil for 1-2 minutes to create the browned top.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

3 meatballs with sauce

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 407Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 374mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 28g

This nutritional information is provided as a courtesy as an estimate only. Consult with a dietician for precise estimates.

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Jennifer

Monday 8th of November 2021

I would like to make a large batch for multiple meals. Would I freeze the meatballs raw, or cook before freezing? Thanks!

Sarah Penrod

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

Hi Jennifer, technically you can do either. I would pan-sear the meatballs, cool, cover them with sauce, and then package up tightly and store in the freezer. You can defrost them and cook as normal, or you can experiment with cooking them from their frozen state. I would start with 325 for 40 minutes covered...that's how long a standard lasagna takes and it shouldn't be very far off from there. But definitely watch it while it's cooking because that is just my best guess. If cooking from a defrosted state, you can follow the instructions as written. Happy Cooking!!

Erica Swisher

Monday 21st of June 2021

Can you use frozen meatballs?

Sarah Penrod

Thursday 24th of June 2021

Hi Erica, the reason why you can't use frozen meatballs is that they have a different carb count than my keto meatballs. If you are concerned with the dish being low carb you must make your own low carb meatballs. If you just want to eat a meatball bake you can certainly use frozen meatballs! Probably want to defrost them first because they release a lot of water. Hope this helps!

Mindy Mcjunkin

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

Made this the other night. Me and my husband loved it. I did double the garlic because we can’t get enough in this house. Was delicious. Thank you for sharing.

Janis Colbert

Sunday 19th of January 2020

What cream do you use?

Sarah Penrod

Wednesday 4th of March 2020

Just ordinary heavy cream or whipping cream. :)

Keva

Wednesday 20th of November 2019

How many calories per serving?

Sarah Penrod

Saturday 28th of December 2019

Hi Keva,

I don't know off the top of my head but all of my recipes are imported into the Carb Manager app and you can track it there precisely and find out exactly how many calories your serving is. - Sarah

Here is the macros for 3 meatballs with sauce - Carbs- 4g Fats- 33g Protein- 27g

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