Low-Carb Meatballs with Cauliflower in Marinara

This comforting dish of  low-carb meatballs and cauliflower with your favorite marinara sauce and a dusting of Parmesan is quick and easy.

Low-Carb Meatballs and Cauliflower

If you love Italian food like I do you know that an image of pasta  on a plate can set off a craving that can spell doom unless you find a way to control it. These meatballs will control it, there’s no doubt in my mind.

What I like to do is to make a huge batch of meatballs and then flash freeze them. If you don’t know how to flash freeze it’s pretty easy. You take the cooked meatballs and place them on baking sheets.Put them in the freezer until they are frozen solid and then you can put them in freezer containers. Since they’re already frozen you can easily remove the amount that you need — they don’t stick together.

The cheap, grated Parmesan in a can works perfectly as a replacement for the breadcrumbs that are usually used to keep meatballs light and tender. I get the really huge one at Costco or Sams when I can find it because it’s pretty inexpensive that way. The Parmesan adds a unique flavor that I like much better than breadcrumbs.

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In this recipe the meatballs and marinara sauce are spooned over tender cauliflower that has been gently  mixed with butter and a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. I could have totally pigged out on this but I served the rest of the meatballs to the family with their spaghetti.

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When you are making meatballs always take a spoonful of the meat mixture out and cook it so that  you can taste it for seasoning. Even if it’s too salty you can add a little more meat or whatever. I just hate finding out that my dish is inedible when I serve it. 🙂

Double or triple this low-carb meatball recipe and keep a batch of these in the freezer for super quick meals/

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Low-Carb Meatballs with Cauliflower in Marinara

Tender, low carb, gluten free meatballs and marinara sauce are spooned over steamed cauliflower that has been buttered and sprinkled with Parmesan. If you are craving Italian food on low carb this will do the trick.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings, 18 meatballs
Calories 378kcal
Author Lowcarbology Editorial



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese grated - 3 ounces
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley fresh minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ¼ cup water


  • cauliflowerettes about 3 cups
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • 1 15- ounce Marinara jar of your favorite


  • Mix the ground beef, Parmesan, parsley, garlic salt, onion power, and beaten egg in a bowl.
  • Knead with your fingers until the ingredients are well mixed.
  • Add water as needed to keep the meat moist.
  • Gently form into 18 balls, being careful not to compact them too much.
  • Bake at 350F for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.


  • When meatballs are almost finished cooking steam the cauliflower in salted water until it is tender.
  • Drain.
  • Add the cauliflower to a bowl and stir in the butter, salt and pepper, and 1/4 cup Parmesan.
  • Heat the marinara and add the meatballs to it.
  • Spoon the meatball and marinara mixture over the cauliflower.


The meatballs alone have 200 calories, 1.2 g carbs, and 8.5 g fat


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 1235mg | Potassium: 499mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 990IU | Vitamin C: 8.6mg | Calcium: 267mg | Iron: 2.7mg

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Last Updated 07/23/2020

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