Baked Mozzarella Meatballs

29th December 2021
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Baked Mozzarella Meatballs

Adapted from the recipes found in The Fast 800 Keto.

A delicious, warming meal that certainly doesn’t feel like diet food! Cheesy goodness and a versatile sauce that the whole family is sure to love. Serve with a generous side of green veg (or some other complex carbs on non-fasting days).

Serves 4

Calories per serving 399

Prep time 15 minutes

Cook time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 460g beef mince
  • 2 red onions, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 peppers, any colour, cut into chunks
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 120g mozzarella, grated
  • 100ml water
  • fresh basil

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to fan forced 180°C/200°C/400°F/Gas mark 6.
  2. Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil in a pot over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the peppers, tomato, spices and water. Cover with the lid and simmer for 15 minutes – stirring occasionally. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  4. If you’d like a less chunky sauce – use a stick blender to whizz the sauce until smooth.
  5. While the sauce is cooking, make your meatballs: mix mince and oregano together with a little salt and pepper. Using your hands, form the mixture into small meatballs (about 25-30g each or 3-4 per serve).
  6. Pour the sauce into a baking dish and add the meatballs in – scatter over the mozzarella. Bake for about 20 minutes (larger batches may need longer). 
  7. Serve with fresh basil and a side of veg.

Notes

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat and serve.
  • Batch cook and freeze in portions for up to 2 months. Defrost and reheat before serving.
  • Serve with a crunchy green salad or steamed low calorie non-starchy vegetables.

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