gluten free meatballs
gluten free meatballs

Healthy Gluten Free Italian Meatballs with Marinara

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Gluten free Italian meatballs! In terms of flavor and texture, these pork and beef meatballs are just like your grandmother's Italian meatballs. The secret is in the homemade marinara sauce and the ratio of beef, pork, eggs, and almond flour. Enjoy over zoodles for a clean dinner that's paleo, aip, gluten free, & dairy free.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes
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It’s Italian night with meatballs, and I am here for it, apron and all!

Italian meatballs, marinara, and zoodles

Gotta say, I am loving these jumbo meatballs which pack some serious flavor and protein (19 grams per ball).

During the live Instagram series, I made the popular dutch oven meatballs and experimented with almond flour instead of breadcrumbs. Don’t get me wrong, the original recipe is cheesy and delicious, but it was time to explore the possibilities of a “cleaner” meatball.

That is: no dairy, no wheat, no milk

Turns out, almond flour totally works to bind the meatballs together and the eggs keep things plenty moist. There’s no cheese, but they’re still really flavorful and, surprisingly, light in texture. So, yes, your Italian grandmother would approve.

And if you’re wondering whether the almond flour has “a taste,” the answer is no. I’m very happy with how these turned out, and I’m looking forward to impressing somebody…so lemme know if that’s you:)

These Paleo Meatballs Involve 3 Easy Steps (30 Minutes Total)

ground pork and beef, eggs, almond flour, onion, garlic, and parsley in a bowl

Step 1: Mincing and Mixing

Start by mincing the onion, garlic, and parsley finely. Put all your meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Use your hands to mix until combined, but be careful not to over-do it with the mixing.

Step 2: Shaping and Baking

Oil a sheet pan and drop the balls on top. You can use a medium or large ice cream scoop or shape with your hands into smooth round balls. Put them in the oven for a short bake so that they hold their shape better for step 3.

Homemade marinara sauce ingredients: crushed tomatoes, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, bay leaves

Step 3: Simmering in Marinara Sauce

While the meatballs are baking, you can put all the sauce ingredients in a large pot and start simmering. Right out of the oven, transfer the meatballs with a spatula to the sauce and put a lid on it. Simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes.

paleo, gluten free meatballs simmering in marinara sauce

What’s the Best Ground Meat Blend?

The perfect meatball blend combines both flavor and fat. While you could use 100% beef, you will get a very good flavor and proportion of fat if you mix half grass fed beef with half ground pork. In this recipe, that’s 1 pound each for 2 pounds total. Of course, you could also try ground turkey, in which case, you might want to check out these turkey burgers with jalapeno and apple kale slaw.

paleo gluten free jumbo meatballs over zucchini noodles with homemade marinara sauce

If this is your first time making meatballs, you’ve so got this! Can’t wait to welcome you to the meatball club. Oh, and if you want to try your hand at making zoodles (that’s zucchini noodles), this contraption makes it a 1-minutes process, even faster than cooking spaghetti!

Zoodles Tip: Spiralize the whole zucchini and serve raw. The hot marinara sauce will give the zucchini the perfect slightly cooked texture.

Paleo Gluten Free Italian Meatballs

Gluten free Italian meatballs! In terms of flavor and texture, these pork and beef meatballs are just like your grandmother's Italian meatballs. The secret is in the homemade marinara sauce and the ratio of beef, pork, eggs, and almond flour. Enjoy over zoodles for a clean dinner that's paleo, aip, gluten free, & dairy free.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: aip, dairy free, gluten free, meatballs, paleo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 large meatballs
Calories: 328kcal
Author: Chef Sara Furcini

Ingredients

For the Meatballs

  • 1 cup almond flour (95 grams)
  • 1 pound ground beef preferably grass fed
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup onion (50 grams) minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley (15 grams) minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

For the Marinara Sauce

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning or dried oregano
  • 6 oz canned tomato paste
  • 2 28-oz canned crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 1 oz fresh basil for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 415°F. Brush a baking sheet with olive oil.

Form the Meatballs

  • Add all the meatball ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Mix by hand just until combined. Use an ice cream scoop or your hands to form 10 – 12 smooth meatballs. Spread them out on the oiled baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes (meanwhile make the sauce).

Make the Sauce

  • In a large pot or dutch oven, combine bay leaves, Italian seasoning, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and 1 Tablespoon salt and a pinch of pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Add the meatballs to the simmering sauce and cover with a lid. Continue to simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Serve the meatballs with the sauce and garnish with freshly torn basil. Taste and add more salt if needed.

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Nutrition

Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 427mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 558IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg

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Anya
1 year ago

These look amazing!! I love that you serve them over zoodles. Yumm ♥️

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