Completely Keto Meatballs in Sauce

In the heart of a bustling city, Marco, a third-generation butcher with Italian roots and a fervent keto dieter, often found himself longing for the flavors of his family’s traditional recipes while adhering to his strict dietary regimen. One day, inspired by the challenge of merging his heritage with his health goals, Marco set out to recreate the classic meatballs in sauce, a dish that held memories of lively family gatherings and the rich aromas of his grandmother’s kitchen.

Using chopped beef with a higher fat content for juiciness and flavor, Marco experimented with adding no-sugar-added tomato sauce to keep it keto-friendly while not compromising on taste. He infused the meat with fresh basil, Himalayan salt for its pure flavor, and garlic to achieve the depth of the authentic Italian meatballs he remembered.

The result was a succulent, flavorful “Completely Keto Meatballs in Sauce” that became an instant hit among Marco’s friends, family, and customers. It was a testament to the idea that with creativity and respect for traditional cooking, one could enjoy the richness of cultural cuisine without straying from health-conscious choices. Marco’s meatballs not only nourished the body but also comforted the soul, bridging the gap between his Italian heritage and his ketogenic lifestyle.

Harlan Kilstein's Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Keto Meatballs
Servings: 8


  • 2 lbs chopped beef not lean
  • 8 oz tomato sauce no sugar added
  • 1 tsp basil fresh
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tbsp garlic crushed cloves


  1. Pour tomato sauce in pot.

  2. Turn sauce on low heat.

  3. Add spices to meat and mix together.

  4. Using wet hands, shape meat into 1 inch balls.

  5. Drop meatballs in sauce.

  6. Raise temperature until it boils, then turn down and simmer for 20 minutes.

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