Juicy keto meatballs in a low carb marinara sauce with plenty of Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. This Meatball Parmesan recipe is a family pleaser!
These mouthwatering keto meatballs were brought to you courtesy of the Keto for Life cookbook by the lovely Mellissa Sevigny.
If you don’t know who I am talking about, you need to rectify that situation immediately. Not in an hour, or a minute, or even a few seconds. I mean like NOW! But chances are that many of you know exactly of whom I speak, as Mellissa runs the popular low carb blog I Breathe, I’m Hungry. She’s a dear and we’ve been blogging friends for a long time now. We even met in person way back in 2012 or 2013 and she’s as awesome in real life as she is online.
One thing you should know about Mellissa is that she’s a keto meatball genius. She used to do a new low carb meatball recipe every week in her series Meatball Monday. She came up with some seriously creative and delicious meatballs and she even created one for All Day I Dream About Food. Delicious low carb Kung Pao Meatballs.
So when a review copy of her gorgeous book, Keto for Life, came my way, I had to honor her meatball ingenuity. This Meatballs Parmesan recipe is a classic recipe and it gives you such a wonderful sense of the recipes in the book. They are all well thought out and well written. And they are often classics with a bit of a twist. Like her Tandoori Chicken meatballs. I realllllly need to try that one.
I was also tempted by the Chicken Larb (larb is meat-based salad popular in Laos and Thailand), the Korean BBQ Beef Wraps, and the Pork Schnitzel. But in the end I chose a recipe that I knew would go over well with the kids. My kids have relatively adventurous palates but I wanted a dinner recipe that would be an instant hit and would require no explanation or coaxing.
Believe me, these Meatballs alla Parmigiana are just that kind of recipe. They are so flavourful and meaty and topped with marinara and melty mozzarella cheese.
Given that I have a family of five, I doubled the recipe right from the start. I also used my own homemade marinara, since I’ve had tomatoes coming out my ears all summer long and have jars upon jars of stewed tomatoes in my freezer. In the book, Mellissa provides a recipe for low carb marinara, or you can use a good jarred one like Rao’s.
Having thumbed through and drooled over the book for quite some time now, I can heartily recommend it. It’s gorgeous, filled with Mellissa’s beautiful photography, and it’s got wonderful info on living your best keto life. What more could you ask for?
More Great Keto Meatballs Recipes
Keto Meatballs alla Parmigiana
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley plus more for garnish, if desired
- ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup almond flour
- 1 large egg beaten
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- ¼ cup warm water
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 1 cup shredded whole milk mozzarella
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 15 by 10 inch rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment.
- In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, parsley, Parmesan, almond flour, egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and water. Mix thoroughly by hand until well combined.
- Form the meat mixture into 12 meatballs about 2 inches in diameter and place them 2 inches apart on the sheet pan. Bake 20 minutes.
- Place the meatballs in a casserole dish large enough to fit them all. Spoon the marinara evenly over, then sprinkle the cheese overtop. Bake another 20 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through, the sauce is bubbling, and the cheese is golden. Garish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.