Poached Low-Carb Meatballs

Poached low-carb meatballs will probably be the fastest and easiest meatballs youll ever make. And theyre also gluten-free and paleo. Make some this week!

delicious low-carb meatballs cut with a fork

Do you love homecooked meatballs but hate having to stand over a hot stove browning them one by one? There has to be a faster way to make them, right?

Well, youre going to love this recipe.

Not only are the meatballs absolutely delicious they have that classic Italian flavor with minced onion and garlic and oregano.

And also low carb theyre made with minced cauliflower instead of bread crumbs. (Tasty and healthy? Yum!)

But also, (and heres the best part), these will probably be the fastest and easiest meatballs you ever make.

The secret: gently poaching the meatballs over a low flame. You dont need to brown them one by one. Instead, you just roll them, drop them in your sauce in a pot, and set them on the back burner.

Poaching means the meatballs end up wonderfully plump and juicy.

John cant get enough of these meatballs. He devoured nine the first time I made them. Nine!

Ready to make meatballs for dinner? Lets get started.

low-carb meatballs

For the sauce, you can make a homemade sauce or you can use your favorite gluten free sauce from a jar. Prego says it is gluten free right on the label. And if youre following a low-carb way of eating, choose the sauce with no added sugar.

Ingredients Youll Need To Make Poached Low-Carb Meatballs

The ingredients are pretty traditional: Ground beef, eggs, onion, garlic, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper and, if you like, some parmesan cheese.In order to make the meatballs low-carb, substitute cauliflower rice in place of bread crumbs.

How To Make Poached Low-Carb Meatballs

*Free printable recipe card is available at the end of the post.

First, mince your cauliflower in your food processor.

In a large bowl, combine your beef, minced cauliflower, slightly beaten egg, finely chopped garlic and onion, and seasonings. Mix together well.

Then place your meatballs in the sauce in a pan.

low-carb meatballs simmering in a pot

Cover and simmer.

As your raw meatballs simmer in your sauce, theyll turn the sauce into a wonderful Italian gravy with a rusty red color and a rim of oil around the edge. The meatballs should be ready in about thirty minutes.

low-carb meatballs

Pro Tips And Recipe Notes

  • I carefully chose the seasonings for these meatballs to make them taste like traditional Italian meatballs. Youre free to swap out or add any of your favorite ingredients. This is where you can make them your own.
  • I used cauliflower rice in order to make these meatballs low-carb. If you prefer bread crumbs, go with them.
  • Can you use store bought cauliflower rice? Yes. It would save on clean up and time, but Ive found that its not as fresh tasting. Perhaps frozen rice would be better, but I cant say for sure because havent tried it.
  • When you first drop your raw meatballs into your sauce, dont stir them yet. Wait about 15 minutes for them to firm up and then you can gently stir them.
  • Serve your meatballs with sauted broccoli, over spaghetti squash, or with a fresh green salad.

Am I making you hungry?

low-carb meatballs

Yep. These are definitely the yummiest.

low carb meatball on a fork

When youre in need of some comfort food, these poached meatballs will go from stove to table in no time. Try them and let me know what you think.

And if you have any questions, please reach out to me in the comments or shoot me an email and Ill respond ASAP!

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Poached Low-Carb Meatballs

Poached low-carb meatballs will probably be the fastest and easiest meatballs you'll ever make.

  • 1 pound of ground beef (80/20 chuck works best with this recipe)
  • 1 cup of minced cauliflower
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon onion (finely minced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
  • 28 ounces marinara sauce
  1. First mince your cauliflower in your food processor fitted with the large chopping blade.

  2. In a large bowl, combine your beef, minced cauliflower, finely chopped garlic and onion, parsley, oregano, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Mix well.

  3. Divide mixture into about twelve meatballs.

  4. Drop raw meatballs into your pot of sauce.
  5. Simmer for 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy.
  • I carefully chose the seasonings for these meatballs. Youre free to swap out or add any of your favorites. This is where you can make them your own.
  • I used cauliflower rice in order to make these meatballs low-carb. If you prefer bread crumbs, go with them.
  • Can you use store bought cauliflower rice? Yes. It would save on clean up and time, but Ive found that its not as fresh tasting. Perhaps frozen rice would be better, but I cant say for sure because havent tried it.
  • When you first drop your raw meatballs into your sauce, dont stir them yet. Wait about 15 minutes for them to firm up and then you can gently stir them.
  • Serve your meatballs with sauted broccoli, over spaghetti squash, or with a fresh green salad.

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