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These keto egg filled meatballs are reminding me so much of my childhood; Have you ever had ‘birds nests’? That is what my grandma used to name them. She would make these for me as a kid, and I loved them. She taught me how to prepare them, but I made some adjustments so they stay keto-friendly.

One egg filled meatball has a total of only 8 grams of net carbs.

This recipe is easier than it may seem. I usually prepare these in the oven, as is described it in the recipe, but you can also prepare these in the air-fryer. In that case you can just replace the baking in the oven-part of the recipe by placing them in the air-fryer and fry them for 20 minutes at 190 degrees celsius or 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

keto egg filled meatballs

The ingredients for these keto egg filled meatballs

Ground beef: I like to use organic grass-fed, grass-finished ground beef because this meat is free of antibiotics and hormones and it’s higher in nutrients. But you can use any of your preferred ground meats such as pork, chicken, lamb, etc.

Eggs: organic, pasture raised or conventional.

Spices: To season the beef I used salt, black pepper, paprika powder, ground cumin and garlic powder. For the tomato sauce I used salt, black pepper, ground cumin, paprika powder and dried oregano.

Coconut oil: I used coconut oil to sautee the meatballs and the ingredients in the tomato sauce. You can use any of your preferred healthy cooking fats.

Chopped tomatoes: For the tomato sauce I used organic chopped tomatoes from a can. You can also use any other tomato sauce without added sugars. Make sure to check the ingredient list. It should only have tomatoes listed.

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keto egg filled meatballs
keto egg filled meatballs

KETO EGG FILLED MEATBALLS

Servings: 3 meatballs
Calories: 765kcal

Ingredients

For the meatballs

For the tomato sauce

Instructions

  • Boil the eggs in hot water for 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime season the beef with the listed spices.
  • When the eggs are done, peel them and set them aside. Preheat the oven at 190 C/ 375 F.
  • Take 1/3 of the seasoned ground beef, shape it into a ball and flatten it out by pressing it onto a flat surface. Lift up the flattened ground beef and wrap the egg with the beef. Shape it until the egg is fully covered.
  • Roll the balls into the parmesan cheese on a plate so the surface of the meatball is covered.
  • In a large pan, melt some butter over medium to high heat, and cook the meatballs until the outside starts to brown.
  • Place the meatballs in a baking dish, and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare the tomato sauce: In a large pot, melt the coconut oil on medium to high heat. Saute the onion, garlic, and bell pepper and stir.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper, ground cumin, paprika powder, and dried oregano. Stir, lower the heat and let simmer.
  • Carefully cut the meatballs in half and serve with the tomato sauce and your favorite vegetables.

Nutrition

Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 765kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 78g | Fat: 45g | Fiber: 2g
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These keto meatballs in tomato sauce are one of my family’s regulars. It’s easy to prepare (even with kids), it tastes delicious and it’s full of nutrients. One portion has a total of 8 grams of net carbs.

I used to make tomato sauce with a bechamel sauce, made with flour, to prepare the tomato sauce. Ever since I went gluten-free and low carb, I needed to find a way to make a tomato sauce that was nice and thick but also tasted good of course.

You can use regular tomato sauce without added sugars to make it really really simple, but I’m a foodie, so for me, I like to add in some extra vegetables and spices.

keto meatballs in tomato sauce

For the ingredients

Ground beef: I like to use organic grass-fed, grass-finished ground beef because this meat is free of antibiotics and hormones and it’s higher in nutrients. But you can use any of your preferred ground meats such as pork, chicken, lamb, etc.

Coconut oil: I used coconut oil to sautee the onion, garlic, and bell pepper. You can use any of your preferred healthy cooking fats.

Chopped tomatoes: For the tomato sauce I used organic chopped tomatoes from a can. You can also use any other tomato sauce without added sugars. Make sure to check the ingredient list. It should only have tomatoes listed.

The spices: I like to use the basics like salt and pepper but also cumin, paprika powder, and dried oregano. These spices taste so good combined with ground meats and tomato sauces.

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Tips for making the keto meatballs in tomato sauce

I used an air fryer to prepare the meatballs. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can just bake them in a pan with some coconut oil until they start to brown. To get them nicely baked on the inside, you can let them simmer in the tomato sauce for a few minutes before serving.

To blend the tomato sauce I used an immersion blender. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can also transfer the tomato sauce to a regular blender and then transfer it back into the pot.

keto meatballs in tomato sauce

KETO MEATBALLS IN TOMATO SAUCE

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dinner
Keyword: dairy free, ketogenic, paleo
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 521kcal

Equipment

  • Air fryer
  • Immersion blender

Ingredients

For the sauce

For the meatballs

Instructions

Start by preparing the sauce

  • In a large pot, melt the coconut oil on medium to high heat.
  • Saute the onion, garlic, and bell pepper and stir.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper, ground cumin, paprika powder, and dried oregano. Stir, lower the heat and let simmer.

In the meantime prepare the meatballs.

  • Season the ground beef with the listed spices. Mix and shape into balls.
  • Air fry the meatballs for 15 minutes in the air fryer at 180 Celsius or 355 Fahrenheit.

To finish

  • Mix the tomato sauce with an immersion blender until you have a smooth thick sauce without pieces.
  • Transfer the air-fried meatballs into the tomato sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1portion | Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 27g | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 34mg
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Have you tried this recipe or do you have any question? Please let me know in the comment section.