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Paleo Pesto Meatballs
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Simmer: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
 

These Paleo friendly Pesto Meatballs are made with a quick and easy Dairy Free Pesto. Totally Gluten and Grain Free, these meatballs are going to be a hit with the whole family! Serve with your favorite pasta or over zucchini noodles to keep it low carb!

Course: Mains
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 289 kcal
Author: Alyssa Brantley
5 from 5 votes
Paleo Pesto Meatballs from www.everydaymaven.com
Ingredients
  • 2.5 pounds lean ground beef 15% fat
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup Paleo Pesto
  • 2 24-ounce jars Sugar Free Organic Pasta Sauce of Choice
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground meat with almond flour, egg, salt and pesto. I like to use my hands and mix and just incorporated, don’t overwork the meat or it will become tough.

    mixing ingredients for pesto meatballs in a large glass mixing bowl
  2. If you have a kitchen scale and want to get the exact portion size, weigh out 2.5 ounce mounds of the meat mixture. You should get 20 of them. Alternately, just try to make them the size of a golf ball and do your best to get them even.

    weighing an individual pesto meatball on a kitchen scale
  3. Use the palms of your hands to roll the meat into balls.

    rolling pesto meatball mixture into evenly sized balls
  4. Heat a large nonstick frying pan over medium high heat and cook the meatballs in batches, taking care not to overcrowd the pan. Cook each batch for 15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes, until the sides are nice and brown.

    cooking pesto meatballs in a non-stick frying pan in batches
  5. Carefully remove meatballs from frying pan and gently drop into sauce. Simmer over a low light for at least ½ hour (longer is not a problem) until cooked through, serve and Enjoy!

    putting pesto meatballs into sauce with tongs
NOTES:

7 Points Plus Per Serving — Individual Serving is 2 Meatballs — Serves 10 {Alternate Serving is 11 Points Plus Per for 3 Meatballs}

This Points Plus calculation is prior to adding sauce as every sauce has different Points Plus depending on the ingredients.

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Pesto Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (2 meatballs)
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 799mg35%
Potassium 399mg11%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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