Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce are a delicious low-carb main dish that the whole family is going to love! And these tasty meatballs cook in the oven in the sauce, which gives them amazing flavor.

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One fun thing that happened when I calculated nutritional information for every recipe is that when I had to revisit every recipe on the blog I found some real gems in the archives that could easily be made lower in carbs! These Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce are a dinner idea that used to be one of my favorites. When Kara and I worked on updating this recipe we switched out the breadcrumbs for flaxseed meal, and we loved these tasty low-carb meatballs!

The meatballs and sauce cook together in the oven, which means that the ground beef and Italian sausage flavors the sauce even more. And even if you’ve never made meatballs from scratch, trust me when I say this was really easy to make! To see more great ideas using Rao’s, check out Low-Carb Recipes Using Rao’s.

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What sauce did we use for the beef and sausage meatballs? 

When we updated the recipe we decided to use Rao’s Pasta Sauce (affiliate link) for the tomato sauce. I love Rao’s sauce, which is the lowest-carb purchased sauce I’ve found, and their marinara sauce was perfect for this recipe.

What makes the Beef and Sausage Meatballs low in carbs?

Using Flaxseed Meal or Hemp Hearts to bind the meatballs together makes them much lower in carbs than meatballs made with breadcrumbs.

Want more easy low-carb recipes using Rao’s?

To see more great ideas using different sauces from  Rao’s, check out my Kalyn’s Kitchen Pick’s post about this great sauce that has 20 Recipes with Raos Pasta and Pizza Sauce.

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How to make Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce:

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  1. Preheat oven to 400F/205C.
  2. Put ground beef and Italian sausage into a mixing bowl, squeezing sausage out of the casings.
  3. Add flaxseed meal or hemp hearts, lightly beaten eggs, garlic powder, dried basil, dried oregano, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Use clean hands to mix together. 
  5. We used about 2 tablespoons of meat for each meatball.
  6. Laying the finished meatballs out on a cutting board helps you judge the size of baking dish.
  7. Pour Rao’s Marinara Sauce (or another low-sugar pasta sauce) over the meatballs.
  8. Bake 30 minutes, or until meatballs are firm and sauce is bubbling hot.
  9. Sprinkle meatballs with the other 1/2 cup of coarsely-grated Parmesan and serve hot.

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Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce finished meatballs being served
Yield: 5 servings

Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce are delicious for low-carb meal, and everyone is going to love homemade meatballs for dinner!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • one 19.5 oz. package Turkey Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 cup flax seed meal or hemp hearts
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 cup coarsely-grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • one 24 oz. jar Rao's Marinara Sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F/205C.
  2. Remove ground beef and Italian sausage from the fridge and put it into a mixing bowl, squeezing sausage out of the casings.
  3. Add flaxseed meal, lightly beaten eggs, garlic powder, dried basil, dried oregano, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper to taste to the bowl.
  4. Use clean hands to mix together just until ingredients are well-combined.
  5. We used a tablespoon-sized measuring spoon to scoop about 2 tablespoons of meat for each meatball.
  6. You should cook these in a baking dish where the meatballs are close to together, so laying the finished meatballs out on a cutting board helps you judge the size of dish you need.
  7. We made 20 meatballs and used a dish that was 9 inches x 14 inches.
  8. Pour the Rao's Marinara Sauce (or another low-sugar pasta sauce) over the meatballs, making sure each meatball is covered with a little sauce.
  9. Bake 30 minutes, or until meatballs are firm and sauce is bubbling hot.
  10. Sprinkle meatballs with the other 1/2 cup of coarsely-grated Parmesan and serve hot.

Notes

Most stores probably carry Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link), and it's a great low-carb option to replace breadcrumbs for binding meatloaf and meatballs. This recipe can also be made with Hemp Hearts (affiliate link). The nutritional information was calculated with Flaxseed Meal which seems to be slightly lower in carbs than Hemp Hearts, but both are very low in carbs.

Nutritional information is calculated on 4 large meatballs per serving.

Recipe adapted from Old Fashioned Meatballs at Epicurious.com.

Nutrition Information

Yield

5

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 745Total Fat 48gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 28gCholesterol 279mgSodium 1769mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 4gSugar 2gProtein 64g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce is a great dish for low-carb or low-glycemic diets or for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. South Beach would prefer lean ground beef and low-fat turkey sausage; other diet plans might prefer pork sausage or beef with more fat, although with higher-fat meats some of the fat will ooze out of the meatballs into the sauce so I’d still prefer turkey sausage for this if you can find some.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe for Beef and Sausage Meatballs in Tomato Sauce was first posted in 2006! It was last updated with better photos and more information in 2023.

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