60 min 3
Baked Cheesy Meatballs
Traditional Italian meatballs are a beauty to behold. Their texture is hard to replicate without the use of bread crumbs, but a mixture of almond flour and Parmesan cheese stands in quite nicely. Combined with sugar-free Pasta Sauce and heaps of mozzarella cheese, this dish pairs perfectly with a plate of Zucchini Noodles or is just as delicious on its own.
½ pound 80-percent lean ground beef
½ pound ground pork
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup almond flour
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1½ cups Pasta Sauce, or purchased sugar-free marinara
¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Fresh parsley for garnish
Directions Preparing:20 minCooking:40 min
Step 1Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Step 2In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, pork, Parmesan cheese, almond flour, water, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Form the meat into about 10 small meatballs.
Step 3In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil and butter for about 1 minute.
Step 4Add the meatballs to the skillet. Brown on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from the skillet. Set aside.
Step 5In an oven-safe dish, arrange the meatballs to fill the dish with no large empty space.
Step 6Cover the meatballs with the Pasta Sauce. Top the meatballs evenly with the mozzarella.
Step 7Place the dish into the preheated oven. Bake for 15 t 20 minutes, until the cheese browns and the internal temperature of the meatballs is 170°F.
Step 8Garnish with the parsley, and serve.
Nutrition Facts (per serving of 3:1)