Primal Italian Meatballs Recipe with Surprise Ingredient (Grain-Free)

Primal Italian Meatballs

Recipe Macros

Tracking your macros is important while trying to remain in Ketosis. Here they are for one serving of this recipe.


Fat: 28g


Protein: 21g


Carbs: 3g (net)

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Meatball Recipe

I’m willing to bet that for many of us, spaghetti was a staple meal in our youth. It’s fast, easy, and filling so it’s usually a go-to for busy moms who just want to get food on the table with little effort.

Grain-Free Italian Meatballs {paleo; primal}

One of the roadblocks for those switching from the Standard American Diet to a clean eating lifestyle like paleo is finding simple recipes that require minimal effort and don’t cost a small fortune.

As a mom who needs to feed 3 kids every night I am well aware of this problem.

Grain-Free Italian Meatballs {paleo; primal}

Ready-Made Freezer Meatballs

I love to have ready-made food in the freezer so I can just throw it in the oven to reheat and eat. My favorite thing, aside from these meatballs, to make in bulk for freezing is the chicken nuggets that I use in our Takeout Orange Chicken and Sweet & Sour Chicken. If I don’t feel like making the sauce to go with it, we eat the nuggets with Honey Mustard Dip and a quick side salad. Done!

Grain-Free Italian Meatballs {paleo; primal}

These Italian meatballs freeze perfectly and reheat quickly so you can be eating in no time. I like to make a triple batch so I always have some on hand. If you don’t have time to make a batch of homemade Paleo Spaghetti Sauce, our favorite fallback is Thrive Market’s Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce.

Grain-Free Italian Meatballs {paleo; primal}

Italian Meatballs

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 361 kcal
Author: Kendra Benson



  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set aside.

  2. Combine all ingredients, except spaghetti sauce and mozzarella, in a large bowl. Combine (with a spoon or your hands) until completely combined and evenly mixed.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop (approx. 1 Tbsp in volume), scoop the meatball mixture into balls and roll to smooth with your hands. Place on the prepared baking sheet, almost but not quite touching.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, or until cooked through (if you press down on them, they will feel firm, not squishy).

  5. Remove from oven and transfer meatballs (with a slotted spoon) to an 8x8 baking dish. Cover with spaghetti sauce and add mozzarella on top (if using). Put back in the oven and bake, uncovered, until sauce is heated through and cheese is melted and slightly browned, about 5 minutes.

  6. Serve hot with a side salad. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

Nutrition Facts
Italian Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 361 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 1063mg 44%
Potassium 430mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 5.2%
Vitamin C 4.2%
Calcium 5.5%
Iron 13.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
These Italian meatballs use a surprising ingredient to keep them grain-free.

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3 Comments on “Primal Italian Meatballs

    1. Kendra Benson

      If you can’t find it or get ahold of it, you can smash up regular pork rinds. If you just don’t want to use pork rinds, I’m not sure. They are used in place of the breadcrumbs typically used in meatballs. A nut flour sub would probably hold too much moisture, but could be used (just use less than the recipe calls for).

  1. Ellen

    Thank you very much for sharing this recipe! I was on a quest to look for a nut free, dairy free, grain free meatball and boy did your recipe deliver! I just left out the parmesan and upped the pork rinds to 1/2 cup. I also used all beef. There is someone who did not want to have salt so I did not add that. Only had the salt in the pork rinds. They came out so well and absolutely delicious. Moist, not dried out at all and plenty of flavor. Thank you!


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