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KETO LAZY PASTA AND MEATBALLS

Keto Best Meatballs

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This is a delicious Keto Lazy Pasta And Meatballs.  In first pursuing a KETO LOW-CARB paths, spaghetti and meatballs became the comfort food I missed most.  I thought about it often.  I realized I could not live without this classic Italian dish in my life.  In being committed to my anti-inflammatory lifestyle, I prepared several types of grain-free noodles, including the processed ones made from vegetables.  The noodles proved too hard or to mushy. They simply did not provide, for me, that al dente pasta satisfaction that I desperately missed.  I tried Bolognese over zucchini and butternut squash spiral noodles.  Let’s just say the dishes tasted….healthy. 

I surfed Google and YouTube, finally discovering a few KETO LOW-CARB noodle recipes that I could make from scratch.  The recipes I preferred used almond flour.  I tested many of the recipes, over time perfecting my own.  I serve my KETO LOW-CARB noodles to family and friends, even to those who were not following a grain-free diet.  Everyone loved the pasta!

WHAT IS THE TASTE PROFILE OF KETO LAZY PASTA AND MEATBALLS?

KETO LOW-CARB BEST MEATBALLS

KETO LOW-CARB BES MEATBALLS

The predominant taste sensation of this Keto Lazy Pasta & Meatballs is umami, the 5th taste sensation.  This refers to the roundness and depth of flavour of the dish.  Umami occurs in this dish due to the tomato sauce and the beef.  

WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF KETO LAZY PASTA AND MEATBALLS?

Grass-Fed Beef is the main ingredient in the meatballs of this Keto Lazy Pasta and Meatballs. Grass-fed beef is widely known to be a healthier option compared to grain-fed beef. The nutritional value of grass-fed beef is quite impressive, with a high concentration of essential nutrients and healthy fats. Grass-fed beef is typically leaner than grain-fed beef, which helps reduce overall calorie intake. One of the most significant differences between grass-fed and grain-fed beef is the amount and type of fat.

Grass-fed beef is higher in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for heart health and reducing inflammation. It is also lower in omega-6 fatty acids, which are known to contribute to inflammation when consumed in excess. Grass-fed beef is also a significant source of protein, iron, and zinc, all of which are vital for overall health. Additionally, grass-fed beef is richer in antioxidants, including vitamin E, which helps protect against cellular damage. Consequently, grass-fed beef offers a wealth of nutritional benefits, making it an excellent choice for health-conscious consumers. Choosing grass-fed beef over grain-fed beef can help improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

WHAT NON ALC WINE HARMONIZES WITH KETO LAZY PASTA AND MEATBALLS?

With umami being the primary taste sensation of this Keto Lazy Pasta & Meatballs, due to the tomato sauce and beef, this dish sings out for a bigger red non alcoholic wine with enough weight and flavor to match.  Choose de-alcoholized Zinfandel, Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, or Malbec.  

Zero Alcohol Wine Tips:

ALCOHOL AND KETOSIS:

To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, opt for quality, non-alcoholic wines that are low-carb and low in sugar. Additionally, alcohol does not align with a keto diet or low-carb lifestyle. Moreover, your liver processes alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Furthermore, your body will metabolize alcohol as fuel before utilizing food, which can decelerate fat burning and may lead to the storage of carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Moreover, alcohol consumption stimulates the appetite, potentially causing overeating.

ALCOHOL AND HEALTH:

Did you know that when you consume alcohol, your liver has to work extra hard to break it down? This can result in damage to your liver. Furthermore, it can elevate your risk of health issues such as inflammation and cancer, particularly with heavy consumption. Additionally, alcohol can disrupt your blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling dehydrated and disrupting your body’s normal functions.

NON-ALCOHOLIC WINE AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

Non-alcoholic wines with minimal carbs and sugar are advantageous for your health. They not only aid in weight management, blood sugar control, and hydration but also contain essential nutrients and antioxidants from grapes that can decrease your risk of health conditions like heart disease. Consequently, since they lack alcohol, they’re ideal for socializing without any adverse effects, promoting feelings of happiness and reduced stress.

WHAT OTHER KETO LOW-CARB RECIPES CAN YOU ENJOY?

KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD

KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD

Sunflower Seed Risotto

Big Mac Salad

Fresh Pasta Salmon

Apple Butter Ribs

Lazy One Pot Pasta

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU NEED TO PREPARE THIS RECIPE?

  • Bowl: For mixing the ingredients to make the pasta dough.
  • Food processor or Mixer: Optional but helpful for easier mixing of the dough.
  • Measuring cups and spoons: For accurately measuring the ingredients.
  • Plastic wrap or cover: For covering the dough while it refrigerates.
  • Rolling pin: For rolling out the pasta dough.
  • Parchment paper: For rolling out and cutting the pasta dough into noodles.
  • Knife or pizza cutter: For cutting the dough into noodles.
  • Pot: For boiling water to cook the noodles.
  • Colander: For draining the cooked noodles.
  • Baking sheets: For baking the meatballs.
  • Parchment paper (for baking): To line the baking sheets and prevent sticking.
  • Sauté pan or skillet: For making the Bolognese sauce.
  • Wooden spoon or spatula: For stirring and sautéing the ingredients in the sauce.
  • Oven: For baking the meatballs.
  • Grater: For grating Parmesan cheese for garnish.
  • Serving plates: For arranging and serving the pasta with sauce and meatballs.

HOW ARE THE KETO LOW-CARB PASTA NOODLES PREPARED? 

In a bowl combine all ingredients.  Mix well.  Roll into a dough ball and let sit for 5 minutes to pull together. Cut dough in half.  Cover half ball with a wet cloth.  Transfer the half to a large piece of parchment paper.    Flatten ball. Using the flat side of a long knife or pastry cutter, shape ball into a 4” X 4” square. Top square with another sheet of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, roll out square to 8” X 8”. Lift top parchment paper. Using a long knife or pizza cutter, cut square into 1/8th-inch noodles. 

When ready to dine, bowl water.  Add oil to water.  Add noodles.  Boil noodles for 3 minutes. Drain into a colander and run cool water over the pasta to prevent sticking.  Serve with your favorite sauce and toppings.

WHAT ARE THE TIPS TO MAKE THE BEST KETO LOW-CARB NOODLES?

Make sure the sauce or soup is ready to go before you cook the noodles.

Use more boiling water than you normally would for wheat-based noodles.  This ensures the noodles won’t stick together.

Gently drop the noodles into the water.  Using a rubber spatula swirl the water slowly and cook the noodles for 30 seconds.  If you cook the noodles for too long they will fall apart.

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Keto Lazy Pasta and Meatballs

KETO LAZY PASTA AND MEATBALLS


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Keto Lazy Pasta and Meatballs is a hefty Italian dish to enjoy when you’re hungry!  Perfect for dinner.  The recipe uses Keto Low-Carb pasta noodles, beef, pork, garlic, Italian seasonings, onions, celery, and bacon.  If you are hunting for a rich and satisfying Keto Low-Carb Italian pasta and meatball recipe paired with wine, check out this recipe!


Ingredients

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Pasta Noodles:

2 1/2 to 3 cups almond flour

3 teaspoons xanthan gum

1/4 cup flax meal.

4 eggs

1 teaspoon olive oil

Meatballs:

2 pounds grass-fed ground beef

1 pound ground pork

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 egg

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Pasta and Bolognese Sauce:

1 teaspoon olive oil

3 red onions, peeled and chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

3 sticks of celery, trimmed and chopped into 1/4 inch pieces 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, stems removed

2 slices sugar-free bacon, cut into small pieces

1/2 pound grass-fed lean ground beef

3 cans (400 g) chopped tomatoes (sodium reduced) (sugar-free)

1 tablespoon tomato purée (sugar-free)

1/4 cup of light whipping cream

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

2 dried bay leaves

1 cube gluten-free beef stock

Freshly grated Parmigiano -Reggiano (for garnish)

Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley (for garnish)


Instructions

  •  These Keto Low-Carb pasta or noodles are very dense and filling. Make the dough in a bowl and by hand or in a food processor or mixer. (Mixer is easiest.) Place all ingredients in the bowl.  Mix well. If making by hand pull the dough together with your hands. Start with 2 ½ cup of almond flour.  Add more if needed.  Dough should be firm. Transfer to a clean bowl.  Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  • When ready to use, cut the dough in half.  Cover half of the dough ball with a wet cloth.  Transfer the other half to a large piece of parchment paper.  Flatten the ball on the parchment. Using the flat side of a long knife or pastry cutter, shape the ball into a 4” X 4” square. Top the square with another sheet of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, and roll out a square about 8” X 8”. Lift the top parchment paper. Using a long knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 1/8th-inch noodles.
  • When ready to dine, boil the water.  Add olive oil to water.  Add the noodles.  Boil the noodles for 3 minutes. Drain the noodles in a colander and run cool water over them to prevent sticking.  
  • To make meatballs, preheat the oven to 400 °F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment.  Set aside.  In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix well.   Shape mixture into equal-sized balls, about 2 tablespoons each.  When shaping balls, don’t pack them too tightly, or they may become tough.  Arrange on the lined baking sheets, about 12 per sheet.  Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until cooked through.  Allow the meatballs to cool completely.
  • To make Bolognese sauce, in a sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add onions, garlic, celery, rosemary, and bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until bacon is crisp and onions are soft.  Stir in ground beef. Turn up the heat to high and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until browned. Reduce heat.  Add tomatoes, tomato purée, cream, vinegar, and bay leaves.
  • Crumble the stock cube in 1⁄4 cup of boiling water. Add stock water to the tomato sauce mixture. Season to taste with pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves. Keep hot.
  • To arrange dishes, divide pasta between plates. Cover with sauce and meatballs.  Garnish with Parmesan.

Notes

  • The nutritional value of this recipe is based on the Keto version and is approximate.  One serving contains 13-22 net carbs.  Note that this recipe can be enjoyed if you are keto maintaining, not keto dieting.
  • The values provided are approximations because the exact nutritional content of a dish can vary based on several factors, including:
  • Ingredient Variations: Different brands of ingredients can have slightly different nutritional compositions. For example, one brand of almond flour might have a slightly different fat or protein content compared to another brand.
  • Portion Sizes: Exact measurements of ingredients can vary, especially when measuring by volume rather than weight. Small variations in ingredient amounts can affect the overall nutritional content of the dish.
  • Cooking Methods: The way a dish is cooked can also affect its nutritional content. For example, frying a food in oil will increase its fat content compared to baking or boiling it.
  • Recipe Variations: Recipes often allow for some flexibility in ingredient quantities or substitutions, which can lead to variations in the nutritional content of the final dish.
  • Nutrient Loss: Some nutrients can be lost during cooking or preparation processes, such as boiling vegetables or draining off fat from meat.
  • Due to these factors, it’s challenging to provide exact nutritional values for a recipe. The values provided are estimates based on typical ingredients and cooking methods, and actual values may vary slightly.
  • (Note: The nutritional information provided is a courtesy and is approximate only.  We cannot guarantee the nutritional accuracy of any recipe on this site.  We cannot know what brands you use or how accurately you follow the recipe or what you like to add creatively to the dish. Use the information as a general guideline only.)

 

  • The recipe baking temperature and time is an estimate.  Follow your own oven’s temperature and cooking time. It takes a gas oven 10-15 minutes to reach the desired temperature. Electric ovens can take 10 minutes longer than that.  The age of your oven will also determine the temperature, time for roasting or baking, and where you want to place your dish in the oven.  The bottom of your oven may be hotter than the top, depending on its condition.  This also includes where to set your dish under the broiler.  So use your own best judgment based on the type, condition, and age of your oven.  Prep times will also vary depending on how slow or quickly you like to work. 
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 1.5 hours
  • Category: KETO LAZY
  • Method: SAUTING, BAKING, BOILING
  • Cuisine: DINNER

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 1150-1300
  • Sugar: 8-9
  • Sodium: 900-1200
  • Fat: 85-100
  • Saturated Fat: 19-24
  • Unsaturated Fat: 63-76
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 26-37
  • Fiber: 11-15
  • Protein: 70-85
  • Cholesterol: 270-310

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