Keto Meatballs with Bacon Tomato Sauce Juicy and flavorful keto meatballs in a tomato sauce loaded with smoky bacon...a low carb dinner that will have everyone begging for more!

gluten free meatballs with bacon tomato sauce in a cast iron skillet

It has been approximately 1 month since I posted a recipe with bacon.  We are due for some bacon, guys!  These Keto Meatballs with Bacon Tomato Sauce are so flavorful and perfectly saucy.  Serve these babies up with a side of lemony kale and you have the perfect low carb dinner.  No noodles here!


keto meatballs and lemon kale on a white plate

I love making meatballs because they can be so versatile in their flavors.  I went more traditional with the flavors of these, though.  I wanted to give you a basic keto meatball that you will want to make over and over again.


For these keto meatballs I used ground beef, parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, eggs, salt and pepper.  Be sure you do not over mix your meatballs or they will become tough.

meatballs rolled and waiting to be cooked


After I got everything mixed together, I baked them on a baking sheet.  You could also fry them in the remaining bacon fat leftover from cooking the bacon.  That would be really good too!

The marinara sauce I use and recommend for these keto meatballs is so amazing and flavorful, you will never make homemade sauce again.  That sauce would be Rao’s Marinara.  I love Rao’s Marinara because it only has 3 net carbs per 1/2 cup serving!  I also like that it isn’t greasy.  I have found other lower carb marinara sauces to be greasy, and I am just not a fan of that.

Let me get to this lemony kale.  It is so basic, i’m not even sure it counts as a recipe.  All I did is throw a bag of chopped frozen kale in a skillet with a lid and some avocado oil, salt, and lemon juice.  I cooked it until it was tender.  That’s it!  I love to have frozen chopped kale on hand at all times.  I put it in my daily low carb smoothies, and I eat it as a side dish all. the. time.

Keto Meatballs with Bacon Tomato Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Juicy and flavorful keto meatballs in a tomato sauce loaded with smoky bacon...a low carb dinner that will have everyone begging for more!


Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 341 kcal
  • 8 slices thick cut bacon , cut into lardons
  • 2 lbs ground chuck or sirloin
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs , beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 jar Rao's Marinara
  1. Fry bacon in a heavy bottomed skillet (such as cast iron) over medium heat until crispy
  2. Remove bacon from pan and let drain on paper towels, leave bacon fat in pan
  3. Combine ground beef, parmesan, parsley, olive oil, eggs, salt, and pepper in a large bowl being careful not to overwork the meat.
  4. Roll mixture into 18 meatballs. You can bake the meatballs or you can fry the meatballs. I will give instructions for both.
  5. To bake the meatballs: pre-heat the oven to 400F and bake meatballs on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet for 15 minutes.
  6. To fry the meatballs: using reserved bacon grease and heavy skillet, fry each meatball over medium heat until brown on all sides. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.
  7. Remove any remaining bacon grease and add meatballs to the pan. Add the jar of marinara sauce and roll the meatballs around to coat. Let meatballs simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. Serve meatballs garnished with crispy bacon and a side of lemony kale.

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Keto Meatballs with Bacon Tomato Sauce. Serve with lemony kale for the perfect low carb dinner. No noodles here!

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