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Paleo Italian Meatballs are made with a mixture of ground beef and ground turkey with Italian seasonings, all smothered in a homemade marinara sauce. One of the healthiest meatball recipes, these are grain free, gluten free, dairy free and sugar free.
Meatballs are the ultimate comfort food in our family. We’ve already shared with you our gooey mozzarella stuffed meatballs. And our grandma’s tangy, chili sauce meatballs. And don’t forget our classic meatball recipe that the kids go crazy for.
Today, however, I’m sharing with you healthy, paleo Italian meatballs. So you can have a little bit of healthy and happy together. The best of both worlds.
You might wonder how a paleo meatball would need a recipe. Just roll some ground beef or ground turkey in a ball shape and cook it in sauce, right? That would certainly be one way to do it.
The meatball recipe I’m sharing with you today is a little more special than just plain meat. It’s actually a combination of ground beef and ground turkey. You can use all beef, or all turkey, if you’d like. Changing the meat will change the flavor just a bit, but use whatever kind of ground meat is your favorite. For healthy meatballs, our favorite is a combination of turkey and beef.
Note: We like to use lean ground beef and ground turkey. Please know that because of the lack of fat, these meats can make the meatballs seem dry. To prevent this, make sure you don’t overcook the meatballs in the oven, and then simmer the meatballs low and slow in sauce to keep them tender.
Most meatball recipes call for breadcrumbs or some type of binding agent. But what do you use if you are on a paleo diet or doing a Whole30? Yes, you can use almond flour! The almond flour helps the meatballs hold their shape.
When making meatballs (or meatloaf or any type of ground meat dish), it’s important not to overwork the meat. If you mix and compact the meat too much the meatballs may seem dry after cooking.
**We LOVE our Thermoworks ThermaPen to quickly test meatball temperatures. This probe thermometer is AMAZING. Get it here.**
When we make meatballs, we love to bake the meatballs first Then we put the meatballs in a slow cooker along with some homemade marinara sauce and let them simmer on low for several hours. The sauce keeps the meatballs tender and flavorful, and dinner is ready when you need it.
Yes! If you don’t have an oven or don’t want to turn on an oven, you can cook the meatballs in a skillet on the stovetop.
Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a frying pan. Allow the oil to get hot, then place the meatballs in the pan (over medium heat) and turn them to brown on all sides.
After letting them cook most of the way through (about 12-15 minutes), we drained off any fat, added our marinara sauce and allowed them to simmer in the sauce for another 15-20 minutes or so til they were no longer pink inside.
Actually, you can let them simmer in that marinara sauce in a covered pan on low heat for longer if you’d like. It just makes them all the more yummy.
Both the oven and stovetop cooking methods yield great results.
One thing we love about these paleo meatballs is that they freeze well.
I’ll be honest…I can eat a bowl full of these meatballs and sauce just by themselves. For breakfast, lunch or dinner!
They are great with zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, or spaghetti squash. We’ve also served them over baked sweet potatoes and roasted potatoes.
We’ve taken so many of our old fashioned comforting dinner recipes and turned them into paleo recipes. We think you’ll love these!
This looks good! I don’t have any coconut flour, but have some almond flour and tapioca flour. Would either one of those work in this recipe?
My son was having a lot of health issues and we found out he needs to be gluten free. Through searching for recipes I found this and my son LOVES them! We pair them with spaghetti squash, GF pasta or GF hoagies for meatball subs. Thank you so much!!
Can I use chickpea flour instead? I don’t have almond flour