This is as easy as it gets if you want to get a low carb dinner on the table quickly. If you use the pre-made low carb meatballs listed in this post, the whole dinner takes about 5 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes in the oven. If you have a bit more energy or time, you can make a great low carb spaghetti sauce (recipe below) instead of using store-bought. Who says low carb meals can’t be comfort food?!Jump to Recipe
The Low Carb Meatballs:
You can now find low-carb, pre-made meatballs at many grocery stores. They are made with pork and parmesan cheese and have only about 1 gram of carbs per meatball (no sugar). There are several different brands, including Stefano’s and Great Value. All you do is place them on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees F. Easy peasy.
I used shirataki noodles which are also available in most grocery stores these days. They are generally made with tofu and considered a “shaped noodle substitute”. A package is 8 oz. and contains 20 calories and 6 carbs total. If you don’t like shirataki, spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles can also stand in as spaghetti.
There is quite a range of spaghetti sauces in the store and it pays to compare the labels for sugar. Rao’s brand is the one that I have found with the least amount of sugar.
Of course you can make your own sauce, which allows you to control the amount of sugar. It is not difficult to make your own and very forgiving if you want to modify to your own tastes. The recipe below is the sauce I make when fresh tomato are out of season.
Click here for a great recipe for low carb tomato sauce made with fresh tomatoes. It freezes really well and is a wonderful treat to bring out in the middle of winter for a fresh-tasting low carb sauce that can be used with all kinds of dishes.
Other Great Recipes using Pre-made Low Carb Meatballs
Here are three other recipes for wonderful ways to use meatballs in low carb dinners:
- Click here for a recipe for lamb meatballs with yogurt, cucumbers and chiles;
- Click here for meatballs in Vietnamese spiced coconut broth;
- Click here for Mexican Meatball Soup
Cooking Tutorial for Low Carb Spaghetti and Meatballs:
Low Carb Meatballs with Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
- 3 Tbsp olive oil or bacon fat
- 1 large onion coarsely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 6 oz tomato paste small can or paste in tube
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp dried basil fresh if available
- 1 tsp dried red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 bay leaf
- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes preferably Italian
- 28 oz can tomato sauce
- 1/2 tsp sugar optional
- 2 Tbsp fresh parsley roughly chopped
- 4 small peperoncini
- 16 oz pre-made pork & parmesan meatballs
- 8 oz shirataki noodles
- 3 oz parmesan cheese grated (for garnish)
- In large pot, skillet or dutch oven, heat oil on medium and add onions. Saute for about 3 min. and then add garlic and cook 2 min. longer
- Add tomato paste and stir. Add all spices and stir to combine
- Add cans of tomatoes and tomato sauce, then 4 1/2 cup water. Stir in sugar (if using), parsley and peperoncini. Bring to gentle boil.
- Turn heat down to a simmer partly cover and leave sauce to simmer about 2 hours or more, stirring occasionally.
- After the sauce has been cooking for 2 hours, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and empty pre-made meatballs onto the sheet. Place in oven pre-heated to 375 degrees F and turn the timer on for 30 minutes (*note: you can turn meatballs over at 15 minutes if desired to get browning on all sides)
- Keep sauce on a low simmer. While meatballs are cooking, empty shirataki noodles into a strainer placed over a bowl. Rinse in a strainer over a bowl to get rid of offputting smell. Let drain while making sauce.
- 5 minutes before meatballs are done, add drained shirataki noodles to sauce and heat through.
- Remove meatballs from oven, cover with tomato sauce, garnish with fresh parmesan and serve.
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