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Baked Cheesy Meatballs


Traditional Italian meatballs are a beauty to behold. Their texture is hard to replicate without the use of bread crumbs, but a mixture of almond flour and Parmesan cheese stands in quite nicely. Combined with sugar-free Pasta Sauce and heaps of mozzarella cheese, this dish pairs perfectly with a plate of Zucchini Noodles or is just as delicious on its own.

Ingredients

  • ½ pound 80-percent lean ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1½ cups Pasta Sauce, or purchased sugar-free marinara
  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, pork, Parmesan cheese, almond flour, water, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Form the meat into about 10 small meatballs.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil and butter for about 1 minute.
  4. Add the meatballs to the skillet. Brown on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from the skillet. Set aside.
  5. In an oven-safe dish, arrange the meatballs to fill the dish with no large empty space.
  6. Cover the meatballs with the Pasta Sauce. Top the meatballs evenly with the mozzarella.
  7. Place the dish into the preheated oven. Bake for 15 t 20 minutes, until the cheese browns and the internal temperature of the meatballs is 170°F.
  8. Garnish with the parsley, and serve.

Written by Healthy Cat

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