Perfect for meal prep or an easy weeknight dinner, these Paleo, Whole30 + Keto baked Italian meatballs are sure to be a hit with the whole family! With just 10 ingredients for the whole meal and simple steps, you’ll appreciate the hearty, satisfying meal without a lot of fuss.
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What kind of sausage do you use for these baked Italian meatballs?
We used Jones Dairy Farm No Sugar All Natural Pork Sausage Roll to go with the ground beef in this meatball recipe. For meatballs we love combining ground beef and pork sausage – for both flavor and texture. It’s really the flavor-packed sausage that takes these meatballs to the next level! We love Jones Dairy Farm pork sausage because it’s all natural, Certified Gluten Free and has no added sugar. In addition, it is made with simple ingredients – just pork, water, salt and hand-blended spices. The spices are a proprietary blend, but we did confirm that they don’t contain garlic, onion or rosemary. I seem to be sensitive to garlic and onion and currently avoiding rosemary since I’m pregnant. So, all around this simple pork sausage is a winner! Visit the Jones Dairy Farm product locator to find a store near you!
How big are your meatballs?
For this recipe, we like to make oversized meatballs. They just look and feel really grand. You can also make smaller, more traditional golfball sized meatballs, and that’s cool too. You’ll just want to adjust your cooking time a bit to account for the size you choose. For larger meatballs, like in the pictures of this post, we bake them for about 25-30 minutes. If you opt for smaller meatballs, you can stick to more like 20-25 minutes.
Make it a full meal
You can totally just make the meatballs and toss them in the sauce to use however you like. This works great for meal prep. You can throw them over a salad, over zoodles, with some rice or cauliflower rice. There are lots of options to make it a full meal. In the recipe we decided to go with zucchini noodles, but you do you. Use other veggies or veggie noodles if you want. Sweet potato noodles or butternut squash noodles would be great, too!
Some other meatball recipes to try
- Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
- Baked Turkey Meatballs (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
- Greek Meatballs (Instant Pot – Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
- Paleo Asian Meatballs Noodle Bowl (GF, Dairy-Free + Refined Sugar Free)
- Butternut Breakfast Meatballs (Paleo, Whole30 + Egg-Free)
- Elk Meatballs with Sweet & Spicy Sauce
Your turn to try our baked Italian meatballs
It doesn’t matter if you’re meal prepping or just want a great weeknight dinner. These baked Italian meatballs are family-friendly and something everyone will enjoy! Make it a “pasta” night or a bowl meal kind of night. Leave a comment below, and let us know how it goes. Also, take a pic to share on Instagram. Tag us @realsimplegood, so we can check it out! And if you don’t already, make sure to give us a follow – let’s stay connected!
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Baked Italian Meatballs (Paleo + Whole30)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (or sub 1 tsp garlic oil)
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb Jones Dairy Farm No Sugar All Natural Pork Sausage Roll
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 3 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp ground pepper
- 1 jar sugar-free marinara sauce (25 oz jar)
- Fresh parsley, chopped (or basil)
- Zucchini noodles (or other veggie noodles like sweet potato or butternut squash)
- Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit, and line a large sheet pan (or two medium sized sheet pans) with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the meatball ingredients with your hands. Form into golf ball sized balls, and place on lined baking sheet.
- Transfer to oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until fully cooked. You can turn up the oven to broil for the last few minutes if you want to brown the tops.
- When the meatballs have about 5 minutes left, heat up marinara sauce in a large skillet on the stove and chop parsley.
- When the meatballs are done, carefully transfer to the skillet with marinara and toss in the sauce. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve – great options would be over zoodles or other veggie noodles. Enjoy!