Paleo Italian Meatballs contain no breadcrumbs or grains of any kind. These beef and pork meatballs are baked in the oven and the Marinara sauce is made on the stove, from scratch, with tomatoes, onions, garlic and herbs
HOW TO MAKE PALEO ITALIAN MEATBALLS WITH MARINARA SAUCE!
These homemade Paleo Italian Meatballs are as easy as could be to make and are packed with flavor. They are made without breadcrumbs or cheese, they are Paleo meatballs after all!
I went back and forth trying to decide whether I should substitute breadcrumbs with almond flour but I figured it’s kind of pricey to have to buy a bag just for a few meatballs, so I’ve left them out, I don’t think it’s needed at all.
My husband told me they would be better with cheese, and he’s probably right. I can’t tolerate very much cheese so I haven’t added it to this recipe but if you’re not restricted by diet then a little sprinkling of parmesan would be nice.
How to Cook Homemade Paleo Italian Meatballs in your Oven
For this recipe I prefer to cook the meatballs in the oven rather than in a slow cooker or on the stove top in the sauce.
It’s so quick, they only take about 20 minutes and they get a nice sear on the outside from the hot oven that you don’t really get if you cook them right in the sauce.
So the first thing I do is to use parchment paper to line the sheet pan, it makes for less scrubbing and cleaning later on, I’ve found that meat sometimes sticks to foil.
What to serve with paleo meatballs?
Our non-paleo family members served the meatballs over gluten free spaghetti, sometimes I serve them over mashed potatoes too. This recipe includes homemade marinara sauce, sometimes that’s all I have with it.
If you are following the Paleo diet another option would be to make some simple zucchini noodles like you see in the photos. For that you need a spiralizer, it’s such a fun gadget!
There are several different models out there but the one we have is the Paderno Spiralizer, I really love it and it’s simple to use.
I’ve found if you cut the zucchini in half and trim the ends off it will fit better on the spiralizer.
The first time I used it I just got little half moon shapes and no spirals, but I didn’t have the zucchini centered on the tool properly.
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More Easy Dinner Recipes you’ll love!
Not all of the recipe on my site are Paleo or Whole30 compliant but this one is and many of my main course recipes are. I recently made this Sheet Pan Chicken with Ratatouille, it’s cooked all on one pan which make clean up really easy, and it’s ready in less than one hour.
Another great option would be my Paleo Pot Roast, it’s perfect for the crockpot and doesn’t have any artificial ingredients, another family favorite.
And lastly, what about a Southern Chicken Salad? It’s very versatile, you can serve it for lunch but it’s hearty enough to serve for dinner too.
WATCH THE RECIPE VIDEO!
Best Ever Paleo Italian Meatballs in Marinara Sauce!
- 2 lb Lean ground pork
- 1 lb Lean ground beef
- 2 tbsps Italian Seasoning
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp parsley finely chopped
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
Have you watched the easy recipe video? It's immediately above the recipe!
Preheat your oven to 400F
Line a sheet pan with foil
Mix the meat, egg and seasonings together in a large bowl,
Form about two tablespoons of the meat mixture into even sized meatballs and place them on the lined sheet pan.
Bake in a 400F oven for 20 minutes, or until fully cooked through.
To make the marinara sauce, first add the olive oil to a pan and heat up on a medium heat.
Now add the chopped onion and saute for five minutes.
Next, add the chopped garlic, canned tomatoes, bay leaf and pepper to the pan.
Cook on a low to medium heat for 20 - 30 minutes, until the sauce has thicken.
Serve over the cooked meatballs and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley. (If you enjoyed this recipe, please leave a comment below, thank you!)