Whole30 + Keto Pesto Meatballs
Whole30 + Keto Pesto Meatballs Recipe + Video Demo – 6g net carbs! Meatballs made with pesto, then topped with pesto and served on low carb noodles. Paleo, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, clean eating, real food.
If you love pesto, these meatballs are for you! They meatballs have pesto in the mixture, and are served with pesto hearts of palm noodles.
These Whole30 + Keto Pesto Meatballs are so fresh and light, come together in a snap, freeze great, and my kids cannot get enough of them. My favorite way to get my kids to eat red meat.
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Whole30 + Keto Pesto Meatballs Ingredients
The meatballs mixture gets tons of flavor from adding in pesto. Rather than using breadcrumbs, I keep these Whole30 + keto friendly by using almond flour.
My favorite meat mixture is to use 85% lean ground beef and 80% ground pork. Tons of flavor and healthy fats to keep them flavorful and juicy.
I also add in onions + garlic I sautéed in olive oil, 2 eggs to help bind them, dried basil, salt + pepper.
How To Bake Meatballs
To make these meatballs crispy + golden brown with almost no mess, I love to bake them in the oven. Much easier and more hands off than frying in the oven.
I line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (for easy cleanup) and set in the wire rack. By using the wire rack, it raises the meatballs up above all the fat that drips off. This allows the meatballs to get much crispier! Don’t have a wire rack? No problem! You can still bake them on a baking sheet. The bottoms will just be extra “juicy”.
Whole30 + Keto Friendly Pasta
I love serving these pesto meatballs with pesto noodles. My absolute *favorite* low carb, keto friendly and Whole30 friendly pasta to use is this hearts of palm pasta. It’s precooked, all you have to do is warm for 4 minutes in the sauce in a skillet. You don’t even need to drain! Just add straight from the pouch.
You could serve this with whatever noodle or noodle-swap-out you love most. Zucchini noodles would work great too!
Watch Pesto Meatballs Recipe Demo Video
Whole30 + Keto Pesto Meatballs
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup pesto
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, grated or finely minced
- 1 pound 85% lean ground beef, I get my beef from ButcherBox, here's why it's the best
- 1 pound 80% lean ground pork, I get my pork from ButcherBox, here's why it's the best
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 3 packages hearts of palm pasta
- 3/4 cup pesto
- Preheat oven to 425ºF. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (for easy clean up), and place in a wire rimmed baking rack.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the 3/4 cup almond flour and 1/2 cup pesto. Stir and set aside while it absorbs the liquid.
- Heat a medium size skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil, onions, garlic and a pinch of kosher salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and turning golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.
- In the same large mixing bowl that has the almond flour and pesto, add the cooked onions & garlic, ground beef, ground pork, 2 eggs, dried basil, kosher salt and pepper. Use a potato masher (or your hands) to combine the meatball mixture.
- Use a large cookie scoop (or measure out 3 tablespoons) to scoop out meatballs. Place meatballs on wire baking sheet. Will make 24 meatballs.
- Bake the meatballs in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Removed the baked meatballs from the oven, and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the 3 packages of hearts of palm pasta and 3/4 cup pesto. Warm for 4 minutes.
- Serve the pesto noodles warm topped with meatballs.
- Leftovers will keep in an airtight container refrigerated for at least 5 days, or frozen for at least 6 months.
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20 Comments on “Whole30 + Keto Pesto Meatballs”
I made this recipe was delicious. My family said it was a keeper. ty
I am glad they turned out delicious and your family thinks the recipe is a keeper Lisa. Yeah!
Honestly, I’m just trying to be nice as I love your food…. But you need to polish your silverware as it’s taking away from your food
Lol! With 2 little kids I don’t have time to polish my silverware. I just run it through the dishwasher. Thanks for your input though. :)
As expected with every dish of yours I make (and I make LOTS of them), these were fantastic!!! They’re super easy and the most tender flavorful meatballs ever!!!
Thank you for your kind words about my recipes Jenn. You made my day! I am so glad you have been enjoying my recipes. Even better that the meatballs were tender and flavorful and easy to make. Yeah!
Honestly, I’m trying to be nice, because I love her food, but your comment is extremely petty and uncalled for. It’s absolutely not taking away from her food. I didn’t even notice a fork was in the picture, my eyes were on those gorgeous meatballs, until I came across your comment.
Making this tonight! So excited to have found Cassava Spaghetti (I follow paleo) at WF so we’re all in for spaghetti and meatballs tonight! I think this filling would be awesome for a stuffed zucchini too :)
I sure hope you like it Pauline.
These meatballs were delicious. Okay so I used turkey meat instead since that I what I had on hand and baked the zucchini well because I couldn’t find my spiralizer but I think this is a new favorite recipe. These will make it to my weekly meal planning list.
Good to know the recipe worked well with turkey Regina. I am so happy this is your new favorite recipe and I am glad you will be making it again!
Wow, these were so flavorful and a hit with the whole family. The fresh homemade pesto was so quick and easy. This recipe is definitely a keeper
I love that they were a hit with your whole family JenS. So glad you will be making them again.
These were AMAZING. Not hard to make and so good over roasted spaghetti squash. I will definitely make these again and again.
I am so glad you liked my meatballs Karol. I think it is such a comforting dish. I love that you served them over roasted spaghetti squash. Sounds like the perfect meal!
OMG! These are the best meatballs! First, they are easy peasy to whip together, the fragrance while they bake is divine and they are fork tender. These will be going into our menu rotation and I plan on making some for our freezer for quick meal prep… AKA I forgot to take something out to thaw. Thank you for sharing! You are the best!
I am so happy you liked my meatballs Diane! I love hearing that they were easy to make and tender. I am so glad these will now be part of your regular recipe rotation!
I love these pesto meatballs and they are perfect over zoodles! I am going to make this recipe again this week.
I also LOVE these over zoodles! Yum!