Keto spaghetti and meatballs are juicy beef and chicken meatballs cooked in tomato sauce and serve with zero-carb Wonder Noodles. It’s a delicious, comforting keto dinner for all pasta lovers.
Are spaghetti keto-friendly?
Let’s break that down, first the noodles, then the sauce.
How many carbs in spaghetti noodles?
Regular Spaghetti noodles are made with milled wheat. As a result, they contain about 30g of net carbs per 100g. Suffice to say. It is not keto-friendly at all! You would reach your daily macro with just 3 ounces of spaghetti, and that’s with no sauce at all!
That’s why I am using zero-carb noodles, a keto-friendly spaghetti in this recipe. Read more about that below!
Is spaghetti sauce keto?
There is a great number of spaghetti sauce recipes out there. I am a big fan of the Bolognese sauce and this recipe is inspired by the traditional Spaghetti Bolognese recipe.
A traditional Bolognese sauce has about 5-8g of net carbs per 100g. Which again is not particularly keto-friendly.
So keep on reading to learn how I make a keto-friendly spaghetti sauce!
Keto spaghetti and meatballs with Wonder Noodles – zero-carb noodles
The two magical ingredients that create a super tasty keto spaghetti and meatballs recipe with juicy beef meatballs are:
- Zero-Carb Noodles. I love Wonder Noodles because they have zero net carbs or calories. In fact, these keto spaghetti noodles are made of water, yam fiber, lime, and oat fiber. Another option for this keto spaghetti recipe is to use shirataki noodles or homemade zucchini noodles, also known as zoodles.
- Diced chicken liver. The meatballs are hand-shaped with a mix of minced beef and finely-diced chicken liver. If it’s the chicken liver that makes you doubt this recipe, don’t! Give it a try. As the keto spaghetti sauce simmers for a while, and because the liver is finely diced, it doesn’t taste like liver at all. It simply makes the meatballs super tender and they melt in your mouth.
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How to make this keto spaghetti sauce recipe?
I learned this recipe from an Italian friend, so it has some deep traditional roots. I would never have thought that I would eat chicken liver before she made me this recipe.
Making the keto meatballs
The keto meatballs are one of the secrets of this recipe. To make them, slice the chicken liver finely and mix it with the ground beef, Parmesan, herbs, and salt.
Then, shape and cook 20 meatballs with onions and garlic.
Tip: deglaze with beef broth to add a delicious taste!
Making the low-carb pasta
The zero-carb keto pasta is very easy to cook! They essentially behave like regular spaghetti.
Tip: add a pinch of salt to the boiling water!
Serving the keto spaghetti and meatballs
To serve this delicious keto dish, put a quarter of the spaghetti in a bowl with a quarter of the meatball and sauce.
Add some grated Parmesan on top for a true Italian taste!
How many carbs in this keto low carb spaghetti and meatball recipe?.
This recipe has only 6.4 grams of net carbs per serve and only 365 calories.
So it is a great pasta recipe on your keto journey!
I use keto-friendly Zero-Carb spaghetti to make this keto spaghetti and meatballs recipe, but spiralizing zucchini into zucchini noodles would work well too. I love Wonder Noodles as they contain no carbs, no calories, and the texture is firmer than regular keto noodles.
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Keto Spaghetti and Meatballs
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- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 3 Garlic Clove crushed
- 1 large Onion finely diced
- 14 oz Ground Beef
- 5 oz Chicken Liver finely diced - or more ground beef
- ½ cup Shredded Parmesan
- ½ tablespoon Dried Oregano
- ½ tablespoon Dried Marjoram
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ cup Beef Broth
- 14 oz Canned Diced Tomatoes no added sugar
- 7 oz Uncooked Wonder Noodles zero net carbs, zero calories keto noodles
- 2 tablespoons Shredded Parmesan per plate
- In a bowl, mix the minced beef with finely diced chicken liver (or ground chicken if you don't like liver), grated parmesan, dried herbs, and salt.
- Shape meatballs with your hands and form 20 meatballs.
- In a large saucepan, under medium heat, warm olive oil.
- Add the crushed garlic and diced onion, reduce to low heat and cook for 2 minutes until golden and fragrant.
- Add the meatballs into the saucepan and fry the meat for 2-3 minutes on all sides.
- Add the beef broth to deglaze and stir in the can of diced tomatoes.
- Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until the liquid slightly thickens and reduces.
- Adjust with salt and pepper to taste.
- When the keto noodles are cooked, serve 1/4 cooked noodles per plate (or more, they have zero carbs, so they won't impact carb count, but they will add fiber). Top with 1/4 of the whole meatball sauce.
- Serve with 1/4 cup of grated parmesan.
- You can freeze the leftovers in an airtight container or store 2 days in the fridge.
- Defrost the day before eating and rewarm in the microwave or saucepan.
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