Low Carb Meatballs In Tomato Sauce

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We’ve been using our crockpot quite a bit over the years because it’s convenient with our busy schedules. Making big batches of low carb meatballs and freezing them helps us when we want a comfort food meal. Whether we fry, bake or simmer our low carb meatballs on the stove they taste just as delicious as the slow cooker process.

I always like to cook food that both Mrs. CBB and I can enjoy together so I compromise and honestly I haven’t tasted a bad recipe yet (although I’m not a fan of flax-seed breakfast cereal). When we host a dinner party I might make crockpot appetizer meatballs but replacing our traditional recipe with our low carb version and nobody notices. The carbohydrates in meatballs typically come from the breadcrumbs.

If you want to replace high carb breadcrumbs opt for fine crushed pork rinds or flax-seed like we chose for these low carb meatballs. Crushing up bits of well-cooked bacon also adds to the gorgeous flavour of these low carb meatballs. If you choose to put your meatballs in a crockpot I would still suggest baking or pre-frying them a bit just to make sure they stay together. Typically this wouldn’t be a problem when I make my classic Nonna’s meatballs but that recipe has breadcrumbs in the mixture.


Cutting back on Carbs


Low CarbMEATBALLS pinterestYou don’t have to exclusively eat a low carb diet to enjoy some of the benefits on cutting back on carbohydrate consumption. Unlike someone who eats low carb for ketosis which helps burn fat low carb eating paired with other foods reduces carb consumption for the carb-lover.

When I created these low carb meatballs I wanted to come up with a recipe that both Mrs. CBB and I could enjoy instead of having to make two batches of meatballs. I like to balance what I put in my body for nutrition and need carbs for my work-outs and long workdays on my feet.

We were going to give cheese filled meatballs a shot but decided to added bacon instead only because we didn’t freeze any cubes of mozzarella cheese.

I find if the cheese cubes are frozen before you add them to the centre of your meatballs it won’t leak out while frying or cooking in the crock-pot.

These are a bit different as they are full ground beef meatballs compared to the beef and pork meatballs we typically make. You can make either or for these low carb meatballs in tomato sauce but try not to use extra-lean beef as you’ll need to add fat.


Low carb meatball sauce


Whether you like your low carb meatballs with lots of flavour keep in mind even some spices have carbs. I’m a fan of spicy meatballs BUT not too spicy just to add flavour. Typically I would add Frank’s Red Hot sauce which is more vinegar based but with a hint of heat to the tomato sauce and meatball mixture.

Making a low carb meatball sauce consists of using fresh diced tomatoes or by using bottled tomatoes that have no additives such as sugar. Always read the labels but opting for garden fresh organic tomatoes is best along with tomato paste both low in carbs. We always have tins of tomato paste in the house to jazz up meals.

To make the sauce all we do is fry garlic in olive oil, add tomatoes, fresh or dry basil, dry oregano, cup of water and 3 tablespoons of tomato paste. Let that bubble up for about 15 minutes on medium heat stirring every so often. This is a simple low carb pasta sauce that you can also pour into the crockpot and then add your seared low carb meatballs for a slow cook.

Personally I would slow cook them for 6 hours on low if I could even 8 is fine. If you’re in a hurry go for speed with a 4 hour high slow cook option if available or something close.


Low carb meatballs and pasta


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Both low carb pasta if you can find it or gluten-free are wonderful alternatives to eating a high carb pasta dinner. These days you can find just about any type of pasta at the grocery store or you can make it yourself. Although we haven’t ventured into low carb pasta making yet I do still enjoy pasta every once in a while.

Related: What are Zoodles and how do you make them?

Mrs. CBB enjoys her low carb meatballs and sauce over Zoodles which is spiralized zucchini which is then sauteed in a bit of olive oil, garlic and salt until tender. Another option is to make low carb Oopsie bread and stuff with low carb meatballs. Top your low carb meatball Oopsie sub with mozzarella and bake until melted. If you’re not a fan of low carb bread and aren’t on a low carb diet then you have options.


How to make low carb meatballs in sauce


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One pound of beef makes about 24 low carb meatballs so I would freeze a batch to use later in meals that include frozen meatballs. Sometimes we like to fry them up, grab a fork and chow down. We just love meatballs.

Whether you like your low carb meatballs with lots of flavour keep in mind even some spices have carbs. I’m a fan of spicy meatballs BUT not too spicy just to add flavour. Typically I would add Frank’s Red Hot sauce which is more vinegar based but with a hint of heat to the tomato sauce and meatball mixture.

You will notice I use cinnamon, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, pepper and freshly grated Parmesan cheese in this recipe. The cheese also helps glue the meatball together along with the ground flax-seed and eggs. Using a good quality Parmesan such as Parmigiano Reggiano will change the flavour of these meatballs. Whatever your budget allows works fine either way.

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Low Carb Meatballs In Tomato Sauce
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Low Carb Meatballs are moist and delicious. Serve them with low carb pasta, low carb bread or simply enjoy them on a fork. Tuck in my friends.
Recipe type: Low Carb
Cuisine: Meatballs
Serves: 24
  • 1lb of Medium Ground Beef
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp dry or fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp dry or fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Franks Red Hot Sauce (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 cup fresh bacon bits (not from a package- use real bacon)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsps dry parsley
  • 2 heaping tbsps ground flax-seed
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 cup grated fresh parmigiano Regianno
  • coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil to brown meatballs lightly
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix.
  2. Roll into golf ball size meatballs and set on a tray
  3. Fry in coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil until slightly brown on the outside
  4. Add to crockpot filled with your low carb tomato sauce (see quick recipe in post above)
  5. Cook on high 4 hours, Cook on low 8 hours- choice is yours
  6. Serve with zoodles, pasta, buns, low carb bread or in a bowl with a fork
  7. Alternatively you can do this on the stovetop in a deep pot like in the photo. We've done it both in the pot and crockpot and both work equally well.
  8. If you use a pot follow the same instructions as above. Cook low and slow for 6-8 hours. Once the meatballs are fully cooked you're ready to enjoy them.

I told you these low carb meatballs were going to be easy and I wasn’t lying. Please let us know what you think about these low carb meatballs and any changes you might have made to the recipe.

For even more crunch add your low carb meatballs to a side of fried Parmesan crusted hard-boiled eggs and you’ll be in heaven.



Discussion Question:

Would you give low carb meatballs a try?

Nutritional Info:

Per 1/24 Recipe: Calories 100 per meatball, Carbs 3 g (entire recipe)  *Using Atkins Carb Counter


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  1. LOVE THIS!!!

    I’m eating fewer carbs this year (down 10 pounds so far) and am always looking for new and good recipes.

    Will give this a try!

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