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Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce are a delicious low-carb main dish that the whole family is going to love!

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One fun thing that happened when I calculated nutritional information for every recipe is that when I revisited 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 other change we made (which made the recipe even easier) was 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. 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 Raos.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • ground beef
  • Turkey Italian Sausage
  • Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link)
  • eggs
  • garlic powder
  • dried basil
  • dried oregano
  • coarsely-grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • Rao’s Pasta Sauce (affiliate link)

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How to make these tasty meatballs with ground beef and Italian sausage:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  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, 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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More Tasty Ideas for Meatballs:

Baked Greek Meatballs with Feta
Baked Swedish Meatballs
Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce finished meatballs being served

Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Yield 5 servings
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
  • 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.

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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce 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 the fat will ooze out of the meatballs into the sauce so I would still prefer turkey sausage for this.

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    26 Comments on “Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce”

  1. RE: Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce Nutrition Information

    While reading the Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, & Pine Nuts post received 4-22-21, I clicked to the linked Beef and Sausage Meatballs recipe.  I’m looking forward to testing the green beans and the meatball recipes as a “yummy go-together” this weekend.  The nutrition information for the Beef and Sausage Meatballs is very confusing — “Yield 5” what?  “Serving Size 1” what? 745 calories for 1 serving???  Please let me know if this is a typo.
    Thanks

    • Sorry that was confusing for you. I calculated the nutritional information again and it came out the same. Yield: 5 means this recipe makes 5 servings. (There is a note below that which says “Nutritional information is calculated on 4 large meatballs per serving.” Serving size 1 just means the nutritional information is for one serving. That’s how the nutritional calculator displays it unless you put a specific amount for a serving. And it did come out 745 calories again, which I am guessing is partly because this recipe has quite a bit Parmesan cheese. You could cut that down quite a bit if you wanted.

  2. Always glad to hear that; thanks for letting me know.

  3. Wow! I loved these. I took them to a picnic and they were a bit hit.

  4. Kari, personally I wouldn’t sub all the breadcrumbs with flax seed meal, but it might work if you really like the taste of flax seed meal. I’m guessing it might be kind of strong with that much. Love to hear how it works if you do try it.

  5. Have you ever substituted all the breadcrumbs with flax seed meal? If so, what was the conversion ratio?