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Keto Meatballs with Bacon Tomato Sauce Easy, Juicy, and flavorful low carb and keto meatballs in a tomato sauce loaded with smoky bacon. I give instructions for baking the meatballs in the oven and pan frying.

Keto Meatballs

These Keto Meatballs with Bacon Tomato Sauce are so flavorful and perfectly saucy.  I like to eat them with a side of lemony kale or you could serve them over zucchini noodles.

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So what makes these meatballs keto?  Most meatballs recipes include breadcrumbs to hold everything together.  I went with parmesan cheese for this recipe instead of the breadcrumbs to give them more flavor and make them keto!

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

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

Keto meatballs

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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!

Low Carb Meatballs

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

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Keto meatballs

Keto Meatballs with Bacon Tomato Sauce

Easy, Juicy, and flavorful low carb and keto meatballs in a tomato sauce loaded with smoky bacon. I give instructions for baking the meatballs in the oven and pan frying.
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Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: keto dinner recipe, keto meatball recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 651kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 slices thick cut bacon , cut into lardons
  • 2 lbs ground chuck or sirloin
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs , beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 jar Rao's Marinara

Instructions

  • Fry bacon in a heavy bottomed skillet (such as cast iron) over medium heat until crispy
  • Remove bacon from pan and let drain on paper towels, leave bacon fat in pan
  • Combine ground beef, parmesan, parsley, olive oil, eggs, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl being careful not to overwork the meat.
  • Roll mixture into 18 meatballs. You can bake the meatballs or you can fry the meatballs. I will give instructions for both.
  • To bake the meatballs: pre-heat the oven to 400F and bake meatballs on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet for 15 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve meatballs garnished with crispy bacon and fresh parsley.

Notes

Nutrition for 3 meatballs and 1/6th of the sauce: 651 calories / 53g fat / 5g carbs / 37g protein

Nutrition

Calories: 651kcal
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    • Annastasia
    • April 6, 2019
    Reply

    One more question! I was planning to use half beef and half pork – do you think that would work well for this recipe?

      • jenniferbanz
      • April 9, 2019
      Reply

      That would work perfect

    • Annastasia
    • April 6, 2019
    Reply

    Hi! I wondering how to best make these ahead – it sounds like the bacon probably wouldn’t stay crispy if I make them one or two days before serving them for a party? Is that ok? Curious about your recommendations

      • jenniferbanz
      • April 9, 2019
      Reply

      It would be fine but the bacon would be flabby. You could make them ahead and add the bacon later

    • Traci
    • January 15, 2019
    Reply

    I loved it! Best meatballs I have ever made. I’m glad I found the sauce recommended too, it really tasted great. I will definitely be making th it s again! Thank you for sharing your recipe:)

      • jenniferbanz
      • January 16, 2019
      Reply

      So happy to hear that!

    • Suzy
    • November 30, 2018
    Reply

    Heck yes! These meatballs look delicious!

    • Abeer Rizvi
    • November 30, 2018
    Reply

    Everything about this is calling my name!

    • Abeer Rizvi
    • November 19, 2018
    Reply

    I am drooling over that bacon tomato sauce! This needs to go on my meal plan!

    • Wilhelmina Wessel
    • November 19, 2018
    Reply

    These meatballs look scrumptious!

    • Milisa
    • November 9, 2018
    Reply

    So flavorful and delicious and I love the bacon & tomato combo!

    • Molly Kumar
    • November 9, 2018
    Reply

    This is perfect for my Keto friendly brunch menu.

    • Lisa
    • October 27, 2018
    Reply

    Hi, I’m gluten free and dairy free. Is there another ingredient you could recommend to replace the cheese?

      • jenniferbanz
      • October 27, 2018
      Reply

      I would use almond flour

    • Krissy Allori
    • October 24, 2018
    Reply

    These look amazing! This is the best meatball recipe I have found!

    • Sandi
    • October 24, 2018
    Reply

    I love that you used parmesan cheese instead of breadcrumbs for these meatballs…it makes them gluten free so we can enjoy them too :-).

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