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Italian-Style Meatballs

EDR Italian Style Meatballs
1 Hr

Y'know what your low-carb pasta really needs? Some flavorful and homemade Italian-Style Meatballs! These meatballs, from Barbara Seelig-Brown's "Secrets of Healthy Cooking," are easy to make and full of great taste. Plus, you can easily use this recipe to make meatloaf too!

What You'll Need

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium beef broth or red wine
  • 2 pounds extra-lean (90%) ground beef

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (or use convection if you have it).
  2. Place all ingredients except the beef in a large bowl. Mix well. Add the beef and gently mix. Form into 2 loaves or roll into 20 meatballs. If the mixture does not hold together, add another 1/4 cup breadcrumbs.
  3. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in a very hot oven to brown the outside. It should take about 45 minutes with a convection oven and 60 minutes with a traditional oven.


Chef's Note: Meatloaf or meatballs seems to be more of an Italian-American dish, but it has certainly become one of our favorite comfort foods. This recipe will make 2 one-pound meatloaves or 20 meatballs. If you are making meatloaves, bake one tonight and freeze the uncooked meatloaf for another night.


Chef’s Secret: You don’t want to overmix or your meatloaf will be tough. That is why I like to the mix everything but the meat together before adding the meat.


Exchanges/Food Choices: 1/2 Carbohydrate | 3 Protein, Lean | 1 Fat


Nutritional Information: Calories 220 | Calories from Fat 90 | Total Fat 10.0g | Saturated Fat 3.8g | Trans Fat 0.6g | Cholesterol 70mg | Sodium 345mg | Potassium 425mg | Total Carbohydrate 7g | Dietary Fiber 1g | Sugars 1g | Protein 25g | Phosphorus 215mg


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