Mozzarella stuffed meatballs have a melty, cheesy center and are nestled in my favorite marinara sauce. Perfect for any night you’re craving Italian!
Low carb meatballs are a staple in our keto diet. We eat them often for a few reasons – they’re easy, they’re a crowd pleaser, and there are a million ways to change them up.
These mozzarella meatballs might be a new favorite version in my household.
The centers of these homemade meatballs are stuffed with a chunk of mozzarella cheese that gets all soft and melty in the oven. When you take a bite, that cheesy center is the BEST surprise you’ll have all day. 😉
Best yet, baked meatballs are so easy and there’s way less mess.
There are a few options to use as a binder for keto meatballs.
I used to use almond flour regularly in my low carb meatballs, but I heard it through the grapevine that crushed pork rinds actually work better.
I was really hesitant, but now pork rinds are my FAVORITE meatball binder.
They add zero carbs and help hold the meatballs together without drying them out.
My family actually can’t tell the difference between low carb meatballs and traditional meatballs when I use pork rinds as a binder. True story.
How to make meatballs:
To make the mozzarella meatballs, you’ll just add everything to a mixing bowl.
Ground beef, crushed pork rinds, egg, seasonings, and a little bit of heavy cream and water.
I use my hands to get in there and mix everything together, but you can use a spoon if you must. Just try not to overwork the meat too much or you’ll get a tough meatball. Nobody likes a tough meatball. 😉
I form these into patties and stick a cube of mozzarella cheese in the center and then close the meat up around the cheese and make sure it’s all sealed in good.
Bake these for about 15 minutes and then top with some marinara. Easy peasy.
Tools used for making low carb meatballs:
Pork Rinds: Pick these up on your next grocery run or order from Amazon. Either way, don’t skip out because pork rinds are a staple in these low carb meatballs.
Cast Iron Skillet: You’re welcome to bake these on any baking sheet, but I prefer cast iron because of how evenly it heats and how well it maintains it’s heat. I use cast iron for most everything.
Meat Baller: This isn’t strictly necessary for this recipe as you’ll be forming patties to place the cheese in and then smushing it all up into a ball. But! A meat baller is great for scooping up equal sized portions of meat each and every time so they all bake evenly.
Rao’s Marinara: You can certainly make your own marinara if you prefer, but Rao’s is THE BEST jarred sauce I’ve ever tried in my life. It’s a little spendier than other sauces, but worth every penny. And it’s the lowest sugar sauce I’ve ever seen. Highly recommend. I’ve used the Arrabbiata version this time around. Love the spicy kick!
I think you’ll see that my baked meatball recipe is super simple and I know that your family will love it if you give it a try!
Don’t forget to pin this recipe for later!
Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs
Per serving (3 meatballs): 729 calories, 67g fat, 5g carbs, 1g fiber = 4g net carbs
- 1 pound ground beef, 90% lean
- 1 cup crushed pork rinds
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- 6 ounces mozzarella, cut into 12 small cubes
- 1 cup marinara
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Add the ground beef, pork rinds, egg, cream, water, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano to a medium mixing bowl and mix well with clean hands to combine.
Separate the meatballs into 12 separate chunks and form each piece into a small patty.
Place a piece of cheese in the center of each patty and carefully fold the edges up around the cheese to seal it in. Be sure to seal the meatball completely around the cheese so it does not leak out while baking.
Place the meatballs in a 12-inch cast iron skillet or in a 9x13 baking dish that’s been sprayed with non-stick spray.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove meatballs from the oven and spoon the marinara evenly over each meatball. Sprinkle with parsley just before serving.