These keto stuffed meatballs should be called “amazeballs”. I made a large batch so I could freeze some for another meal. They took a little while to assemble. But, it was well worth the little bit of effort.
Don’t let the quantity scare you off. You could always cut this recipe in half or down to a quarter if that works better for your household.
Why Keto Stuffed Meatballs Are Awesome
Here are five reasons why these keto stuffed meatballs are amazeballs
These keto stuffed meatballs are pure comfort food.
Comfort foods make everyone at the table happy. Plus, delicious comfort foods keep us satisfied and happily keto.
This a perfect opportunity to include the kids in cooking.
Kids don’t mind helping so much when it’s something they like, and who doesn’t like cheese-stuffed meatballs? Even small kids can help mix up the meatball mixture and form the meatballs around the cheese. And, don’t forget to have the older kids help with the dishes!
You can feed a crowd.
This recipe makes a LOT of meatballs. This is the perfect dish to make for game day, family reunion, or other large gathering. I got a whopping 65 meatballs! Depending upon how big you make your meatballs, you might get more or less than I did. Of course, you could cut everything in half and make less.
Freezer Storage and Make Ahead Meals
This is a perfect meal prep dish. This fed my family of 4, all of us having seconds. We plowed through about half of them, leaving the other half to freeze. The leftovers will make an easy dinner in the crockpot for some evening when I’m too busy to cook. (Or I just don’t feel like cooking. That happens. A lot.)
Eating keto can get expensive. Take advantage of sales to stock up or join a wholesale club if you’ve got one nearby. I buy a cow once a year for our storage freezer, but I have officially run out of ground beef. So, I bought 5 pounds of ground beef for about $15.
I used 9 sticks out of 30 pack of Galboni whole milk string cheese which comes out to about $2. Finally, I bought a jar of Rao’s Marinara for about $7.
The “breadcrumbs” were made from some shredded Parmesan and pork rinds I ran through my food processor. Read how to make them here. My best estimate for my keto crumbs is about $2.50 for 2 cups.
All told, that’s about $26.50 dollars for two dinners for a family of four. That breaks down to $3.31 per serving, give or take a quarter. I’ll put my keto stuffed meatballs up against any drive-thru “value meal” any day.
Cooking the Stuffed Meatballs
I broiled the meatballs for about 12 minutes. Broil them between 10 to 15 minutes, just until they get brown. The exact time will depend upon your appliance and the size of your meatballs. I then transfered the pan to the stovetop, and added the sauce and a few remaining pieces of cheese that were left over. I let that simmer, covered, for about another 10 minutes. Some of the meatballs burst open with cheese, but that’s ok. No one complained at all.
I used my enormous, 13.25 inch cast iron pan, plus my 10.25 inch cast iron pan. I have a love affair with cast iron. These pans work brilliantly under the broiler, in the over, on the stove top, wherever. I used both pans to accomodate my large batch of meatballs to cook them all at the same time. If you have smaller pans, just cook them in several batches.
Be sure to try these Keto Stuffed Meatballs ASAP. Let me know in the comments how they came out!
Yields 65 meatballs
Serves 6 to 7 meatballs, depending upon size
30 minPrep Time
25 minCook Time
55 minTotal Time
- Ground beef, 5lbs
- Italian Keto Crumbs , 2 cups
- Eggs, 4 large
- String Cheese, 9 sticks
- Rao's Marinara Sauce, 24oz
- Mix ground beef, Italian Keto Crumbs, and eggs in a large bowl.
- Cut string cheese into 1/4 inch pieces.
- Form meatballs around the string cheese.
- Arrange stuffed meatballs in pan, and broil until browned. This should take between 10-15 minutes.
- Drain off some of the fat, and then add the marinara sauce to the pan, along with any left over cheese.
- Simmer, covered, for another 10 minutes.
10 Servings with 6-7 meatballs depending upon size.
Nutritional Info per serving:
Net Carbs 8.1g Fat 67.9g Protein 97.4g Calories 1031
Per Carb Manager