Saturday, January 19, 2013

RECIPE: Paleo Italian Meatballs

I've tried so many different paleo Italian meatballs. No offense or anything but none of them were very good.  One of the kids favorite meals is spaghetti and meatballs and it is something that can easily be paleo-ized... If you have a good meatball recipe.


The other night I decided to just adapt our favorite meatball recipe to paleo.


I nailed it.


Paleo Italian Meatballs
(Adapted from Meatball Nirvana at Allrecipes.com)

1 pound grass fed beef (ground pork would probably be awesome!)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup onion minced (I grate mine!)
1 small garlic cloved minced
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup almond flour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.  I form the mixture into two inch meatballs but you can make smaller ones or bigger ones.  Just adjust the bake time.  Put the little guys on the baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes.


I make them ahead of time and then about an hour before dinner I put them in a pot of pasta sauce and reheat them on low.  It makes the sauce taste so good!


Rao's Marinara Sauce is paleo and it's delicious!


They are amazing served over spaghetti squash!

54 comments:

Tiffany Campiotti said...

Very nice! Last time I made meatballs I added some ground flax seed. I'll have to try baking mine...seems less of a hassle than browning them in batches! I also started making my own sauce recently and I don't think I'll ever go back to jarred again. It's really easy, crushed tomato,garlic, onion, basil, salt and pepper. I also need to give spaghetti squash another try. I wasn't impressed the first time but its always worth a second attempt �� Have a great weekend Kristen!

jessiebearwhatwillyou said...

Those meatballs are definitely drool worthy :)

Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness said...

These look amazing!!! I will definitely be trying this recipe!

Miranda @ Biting Life said...

Ooh I love meatballs! These look delicious :) Adding almond flour instead of breadcrumbs is such a good idea!

Sweet and Savory Eats said...

I'm glad you love meatballs too! The sauce we use almost 100% of the time is my homemade fresh version that I stockpile in the summer, then freeze, when our garden tomatoes are coming out of my ears:) I'm hoping my stash lasts us till spring!

Carol Z said...

What a great idea. I'm going to Whole Foods on Monday for almond flour. Doing good -- a few slips -- with paleo eating, but feeling terrific.

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

Carol- no one is perfect! Glad you are feeling great. That's the best part of paleo!

Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl said...

Just out of complete curiosity...what makes a pasta sauce paleo and what makes it not paleo? I am not very knowledgeable in that area.

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

Hannah- Sugar! And cane juice. Pasta sauces almost always have it. Even the organic whole foods brand has added sugar :/

Kerry @ Totes My Oats said...

I looove meatballs! We're having them tomorrow night :) Great recipe!

Heidi McCrary said...

Good Paleo Marinara...I sometimes use Rao's: http://www.raos.com/images/view.aspx?productId=440
or my current favorite that I buy at Costco: http://www.victoriafinefoods.com/products/white-linen-marinara-sauce-40oz1
I use them as is or add in some personal touches to make it 'home made' :)

Heidi McCrary said...

My current favorite I buy at Costco: http://www.victoriafinefoods.com/products/white-linen-marinara-sauce-40oz1
I sometimes use Rao's: http://www.raos.com/images/view.aspx?productId=440
which you can find at Sprouts and even Target
Both are Paleo! I use them as is or add my personal touches to make them "home made".

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

@Heidi McCraryOh my gosh!!! THANK YOU! I will look for both :)

Cotter Crunch said...

i am in love with meat balls. I love them, and i love the bison ones with bbq marinade. Yep i'm Texan.
;-)

jill said...

The Rao sauce is amazing-just tried it tonight. Also, these meatballs were very good with pork! :)

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

Jill- I just got some of the sauce yesterday. Can't wait to try it. So glad you liked the meatballs :)

M.Love said...

I have my own sauce I make that is pretty paleo -- I'm with you 90/10 :) Can't wait to try these!

Ashley said...

http://youeatweirdrecipes.blogspot.com/2012/11/marys-meat-sauce.html

Check out my recipe for Paleo Pasta Sauce... This version is the meat sauce but just omit the meat and you have an easy peasy sauce...

Aylahk said...

I doubled the recipe, and used one pound of grass fed beef together with one pound of sausage. Awesomeness!! Thanks so much for the recipe.

Michele @ foodtodyefor.com said...

Wow this was soooooo good!!

Kristen said...

I'm glad you tried them! :)

Dena said...

These are SO GOOD! These will definitely be my go to Paleo Meatballs from now on!

Kristen said...

Yay!!!

Christine said...

Kristen, did you know you are the first search result for Google for "paleo meatballs"??? That is so cool!

Kristen said...

That is CRAZY!!!!!! Whoo hoo!

Adi said...

made these and love 'em - thanks!

Michelle said...

These meatballs were delicious!! Great recipe! My hubby and kids loved them! Next I will try them on my Italian mother....the real test!

Kristen said...

Oh no! That's a lot of pressure! Ha! Let me know what she thinks :)

Christina said...

Ok, so I made these Wednesday night with high hopes but low expectations (because like you said, all of the other paleo meatball recipes I've tried have varied from 'meh' to flat-out awful). These were PERFECT! Thank you!!! These made 20 meatballs and my husband and 5-yr-old left me with FIVE :) I'll be using them in my Italian Meatball Soup next! Thank you again!

Denise said...

I just pulled these out of the oven located in my VERY ITALIAN, non Paleo NYkitchen. Holy BISON!!! (I made mine with Bison obviously). They are spectacular. Thank you for the wonderful Recipe. Beyond happy :D

Kristen said...

I am so glad you liked them Denise! Thank you for letting me know. Sometimes I make up a recipe and am not sure if it's really good or not haha!

Kristen said...

Yes! Let me know how your soup turns out!

milky1018 said...

It's surely a good recipe. You can never go wrong on Italian cuisines. www.thewilkinsongroup.com

Kate said...

I'm looking forward to these for dinner tonight. I checked out the original recipe you linked from Allrecipes to see what non-paleo ingredients you weeded out. The Worcestershire sauce intrigued me because I used to use this in meatloaf recipes a lot. It does add great flavor to ground beef. Don't think I ever did tried it in meatballs though. I've had a hard time finding a paleo meatball with good flavor so I think I will make up some paleo Worcestershire sauce beforehand to add in. I'll let you know how it turns out!

Kristen said...

Definitely let me know what you think girl!

Kate said...

The Worcestershire was an awesome addition. Found a recipe that simply combined 1/2c cider vinegar; 2T water; 2T coconut aminos; 1/4t ground ginger; 1/4t ground mustard; 1/4t onion powder; 1/4t garlic powder; 1/8t cinnamon; and 1/8t ground pepper. I went a lil overkill on the Italian seasoning (my fault) so next time I would be less generous. Also, make sure to keep an eye on them so they don't overcook. Mine were on the smaller side so I set the timer for 15 minutes. Can't wait to try with a beef and pork combo.

Jacki said...

Have you tried freezing these for later use?

Kristen said...

I've frozen them in sauce and they are excellent!

Wendy said...

These are fantastic!! Just made them for dinner tonight. Thank you!

Kristen said...

You are so welcome! They are one of my favorites!

Megan said...

These are absolutely fabulous!! I'm enjoying them right now!

Kristen said...

I am SO glad you liked them Megan! They are a staple in our house :)

Amy Adell Feist said...

Everyone loved this dinner!!! I didn't change a thing! We love Rao's!!

Kim said...

Oh my, this was delicious! The only change I made was to pan fry the meatballs, remove when brown, then add the sauce to the pan, scraping up all the yummy caramelized bits. Awesome.

Kristen said...

Oh that's genius!!! So glad you liked them.

Kristen said...

Us too! So good!

Christy, The Simple Homemaker said...

These are in the oven RIGHT NOW! Thanks for the recipe! My daughter is on SCD, and this is "legal."

carla said...

thank you so much for this great recipe ! it is so easy to make and tastes wonderful. definitely my new g-to recipe for paleo meatballs.

Kristen said...

I am so glad you like them! They are something I make all the time :)

Kristen said...

Ahh! Great idea to simmer them!

Kristen said...

You are so welcome!

Karen said...

These are amazing!! We have made them four times now. A new family favorite. Thank you so much!!

Steven said...

These are seriously the best meatballs ever.... We have made them twice now.

missmego06 said...

These are WONDERFUL!! I used ground bison and a pound of ground venison....The kids loved them .... This may have to go on our weekly menu!!

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