Grain-Free Italian Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs is such a comfort food. I have been craving it for so long so I knew I needed to come up with a good grain-free recipe. This one is definitely a winner! It is also egg-free and dairy-free, but full of authentic flavor.

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I paired my meatballs with one of my new favorite grain-free pastas, which has just one ingredient: red lentils. My other favorite is called Banza and is made out of chick peas. Both are delicious and very high in protein and fiber compared to most pastas. The red lentil pasta has 21 g of protein in a 3 oz serving! I think they are available on Amazon and most health food stores. They honestly have the flavor and texture of regular pasta.

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For the sauce, I wanted a sugar free and low sodium option, so I just used a jar of pureed tomatoes + 1 T tomato paste and added the same spices that are in the meatballs. You may use any sauce you like.

Ingredients (makes 3-4 servings, ~17 meatballs)

1 lb grass fed ground beef (I used 85/15)

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp basil

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp salt

Fresh ground pepper if desired

1 T coconut flour or 1/4 cup almond flour (or some of each)

2-3 T water or dairy free milk

1 T olive oil

-Tomato Sauce of choice

-Pasta of choice

Directions:

Put your sauce in a pan and heat until it comes to a simmer.

In a bowl, mix all your seasonings with the flour. Add water or milk and stir until a paste forms. Add meat and using either a fork or your hands, mash it until it comes together and is well combined. Form into balls using your hands about 1-1 1/2 inches in diameter, or as desired.

Heat a skillet on medium heat with the olive oil. Brown the meatballs on all sides, then add to the sauce. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through. Cooking the meatballs in the sauce gives it great flavor and the meatballs don’t dry out.

Cook your pasta according to package directions, then add your sauce and meatballs. I served mine with some steamed broccoli. This recipe is also great as leftovers! I made a batch and then enjoyed for dinners throughout the week, heated up in the microwave.

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Enjoy!!

xo, Sarah

 

 

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