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Keto Meatball Casserole
I don't know about you, but I really love casseroles. ANY kind of casserole. This keto meatball casserole is such a tasty recipe that it is one of the most popular dinners in my house.
I used to make meatballs at least once a week and then provide a variety of sauces for the kiddos. They would eat them over rice and I would cut them up and eat them on a salad. But then I decided that I wanted a full meal with the meatballs without having to add in other items.
One of the many great things about casseroles is that cleanup is a BREEZE! If you clean as you go, by the time dinner is ready, you only have one dish to clean. I call that a win!
Are Meatballs Keto Friendly?
These meatballs are most definitely keto friendly. Made from ground turky, cheese, egg, pork rinds and a few other ingredients, they are certainly low carb, keto AND gluten free.
Can I Use Premade Meatballs?
You can totally use premade meatballs for this low carb meatball casserole. One thing to watch out for is that most premade meatballs have gluten in them. This means that they are obviously not gluten free AND their carb count is going to be higher.
I've found some delicious premade meatballs, however, but they are not always easy to find. Just be mindful of ingredients and carbohydrate count.
Keto Meatball Casserole Substitutions
There are a lot of small substitutions you can make in this casserole recipe. I'll just mention a few of the larger ones.
First, you can substitute the turkey out for ground beef or even ground pork if you want. Any of those taste amazing. Sometimes I'll even combine two of those meats and it is even better!
Another substitution you can make is instead of buying a low carb marinara sauce, you can make your own using this keto marinara sauce recipe.
How to Store Leftover Keto Meatball Casserole
If you have a top that will fit your casserole dish, then just pop that on and stick it in the fridge. If not, then simply transfer the remaining casserole to your favorite airtight storage container and put in the fridge.
Leftovers will be good for 3-4 days!
Can You Freeze this Keto Meatball Casserole?
You definitely can! This is a great recipe for meal prep. You can make a big batch or two, let it cool down, and then package it properly to avoid freezer burn, and place it in the freezer. I like to make sure I use it within 3-4 months.
How to Make Keto Meatball Casserole
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, knead together all of the ingredients or the meatballs until well combined.
Form the meat mixture into 30 evenly shaped meatballs, and place into a 9x13 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes.
While the meatballs are baking, heat the marinara sauce over medium low in a pot.
Add in the spinach, and cook until it is wilted. Set aside.
Remove the meatballs from the oven, and drain excess grease.
Spoon the sauce mixture over the meatballs. Drop the ricotta over the mixture by the teaspoonful.
Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese and bake for another 30 minutes.
Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
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For the meatballs
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup pork rind crumbs
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the casserole
- 1 ½ cup low carb marinara sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup ricotta cheese
- 2 cups spinach raw
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, knead together all of the ingredients or the meatballs until well combined.
- Form the meat mixture into 30 evenly shaped meatballs, and place into a 9x13 baking dish.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- While the meatballs are baking, heat the marinara sauce over medium low in a pot.
- Add in the spinach, and cook until it is wilted. Set aside.
- Remove the meatballs from the oven, and drain excess grease.
- Spoon the sauce mixture over the meatballs.
- Drop the ricotta over the mixture by the teaspoonful.
- Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese and bake for another 30 minutes.
- Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 602Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 225mgSodium: 901mgCarbohydrates: 9gNet Carbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 54g
Nutrition is calculated using a third party plug-in. It is best to always validate!