Try these tasty Italian meatballs. Photo: Fidel Fernando

Buon appetito - delicious Italian meatballs!

Want to spice up a dull evening with something tasty for the whole family? Motivation have got this great healthy recipe for Italian meatballs. It’s hearty, satisfying and if served with salad over pasta it’s perfectly low carb.

This healthy recipe for Italian meatballs is one that provides the taste of succulent lean mince combined with the distinct flavour of oregano and garlic. These meatballs are juicy and tender, made even more flavoursome when infused with marinara sauce and gooey mozzarella.

The secret to the tenderness of this healthy meal is almond flour, which bulks the meatballs up, and water which creates steam and keeps them juicy. It’s ready in 40 minutes and serves 4 people.


360g lean ground beef

1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

1 small egg

40g almond flour

40g grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

¼ teaspoon garlic powder pr 2 cloves fresh garlic crushed

1 teaspoon dried onion flakes or 1/3 onion chopped finely

¼ teaspoon dried oregano


160g marinara pasta sauce/passata - 40g per person

70g mozzarella cheese (optional)


Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

Form into 12 meatballs.

Place on baking tray or iron skillet and place in oven for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes remove tray/skillet from oven and spoon 40g of marinara sauce over each meatball.

Cover each with a thin slice of mozzarella if desired and some basil leaves for garnish.

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