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Easy Cheesy Low-Carb Meatball Artichoke Casserole (Video)

This Easy Cheesy Low-Carb Meatball Artichoke Casserole was an idea that just popped into my head, and it’s a low-carb, low-glycemic South Beach Diet friendly, and gluten-free dinner that’s as easy as it is delicious.Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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Easy Cheesy Low-Carb Meatball Artichoke Casserole found on KalynsKitchen.com

Since I first started blogging, people have been asking me “How do you think of the recipes?” Of course, sometimes I’ve credited a cookbook, magazine, or other blogger who has inspired me with an idea, but there are some recipes like this one where I have to admit that I have no idea why the recipe popped into my head! And surprisingly enough, some of those recipe ideas that just pop into my head turn out to be favorites.

ThisEasy Cheesy Low-Carb Meatball Artichoke Casserole was inspired by two favorite low-carb products I buy at Costco, Aidells Organic Chicken Meatballs with Basil and Garlic, and Kirkland Artichoke Hearts. (I also buy Colemans Chicken Meatballs when my Costco doesn’t have the Aidells brand, and they’re equally good.)

So this easy and cheesy casserole is simply a combination of meatballs, artichoke hearts, low-sugar marinara sauce, and grated mozzarella, all melted together in to a cheesy dish that is quick to throw together after work. There aren’t many recipes on this blog that just assemble purchased ingredients, but I promise you that this casserole is really good. And everyone has those nights when you need something that goes together quickly for dinner, right?

Easy Cheesy Low-Carb Meatball Artichoke Casserole found on KalynsKitchen.com

Drain the water from the artichoke hearts well while you brown the meatballs. (I was careful about turning each artichoke heart over in the colander so the maximum amount of water could drain out.) Layer the browned meatballs and cut artichoke hearts in a large casserole dish.

Easy Cheesy Low-Carb Meatball Artichoke Casserole found on KalynsKitchen.com

The first time we tested this we simmered the sauce for about 15 minutes to cook off some of the water. The second time we skipped that step and there was the tiniest bit of water in the bottom; we didn’t think there was enough water to worry about, but take your choice on that. Spread the sauce over the meatballs and artichoke hearts and top with grated cheese. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until cheese is melted and the casserole is bubbling and browned to your liking.

Easy Cheesy Low-Carb Meatball Artichoke Casserole found on KalynsKitchen.com

Serve hot, with something like Roasted Asparagus or Roasted Broccoli on the side for a low-carb meal.

More Meatballs for Dinner:

Sausage and Meatballs Photo Index Page ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Low-Carb Baked Greek Meatballs with Feta and Oregano ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Greektown Turkey Meatballs ~ The Perfect Pantry
Low-Carb Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger meatballs ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Weekend Food Prep:

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

Easy Cheesy Low-Carb Meatball Artichoke Casserole

This Easy Cheesy Low-Carb Meatball Artichoke Casserole is as easy as it is delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 33 oz. jar artichoke hearts packed in water (see notes)
  • 2 lb. package pre-cooked chicken meatballs (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 24 oz. jar low-sugar pasta sauce (see notes)
  • 2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Dump the artichoke hearts into a colander placed in the sink and let the water drain out while you brown the meatballs. (I turned each artichoke heart so the open side was down and the maximum amount of water could drain out).
  2. Preheat oven to 375F/190C.
  3. Spray a casserole dish (9″ x 13″ or close to that size) with non-stick spray.
  4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the meatballs, and cook over medium-high heat, turning a few times, or until all the meatballs are nicely browned.  (Browning the meatballs is probably optional, but we thought it added flavor. You may need to brown them in two batches if you don’t have a large enough frying pan.)
  5. Put the browned meatballs in the bottom of the casserole dish.
  6. Wipe artichoke hearts dry with paper towels and cut each one into half or fourths, depending on how big they are.
  7. Put the artichoke hearts over the meatballs in the casserole dish.
  8. You can simmer the sauce for about 15 minutes to cook off some of the water if you want to; we made this both ways and although when we didn’t simmer the sauce there was a tiny bit of water in the bottom, we felt it wasn’t worth the extra step of reducing the sauce.
  9. Pour the sauce over the artichokes and meatballs.
  10. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top.
  11. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until the dish is bubbling hot and the cheese is nicely browned.
  12. Serve hot.
  13. I haven’t tried freezing this, but it did keep in the fridge for several days and and reheated well.

Notes:

I used Kirkland’s Artichoke Hearts from Costco.

I like Aidell’s Organic Chicken Meatballs with Basil and Garlic or Colemans Chicken Meatballs.

I used Newman’s Own Common Good Tomato Basil Sauce, which was the lowest-sugar sauce I found.

This recipe created by Kalyn.

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South Beach Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
Artichoke hearts do have some carbs, but they also have a lot of fiber, which makes the amount of net carbs not that high. If you use low-carb meatballs and look for a sauce without added sugar, this would be a good dish for low-carb eating plans and any phase of the South Beach Diet.

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13 comments on “Easy Cheesy Low-Carb Meatball Artichoke Casserole (Video)”

  1. This was fantastic! While sauce was simmering I added about a cup of frozen spinach and a pint of leftover mushrooms that we had sautéed yesterday. Will most defiantly make this a regular addition to our dinner schedule. Thanks! 

  2. Easy and delicious! Good food without the hassle!

  3. Think this would turn out in crockpot??

  4. This was great! I added some sautéed mushrooms and onions but otherwise followed the recipe. Yum! I think it would be fun to try a lasagna version with these components. Thanks for an easy Monday night option!

  5. Recently, i see many recipe about artichoke in various blogs. Your recipe look delicious too.. Now I am confused which one to make! I guess i should start with first step first, go to grocery and buy artichoke. I never try them before, so wish me luck. 🙂

    • You're probably seeing fresh artichokes because they show up in the spring. This recipes uses artichoke hearts from a jar, which you can buy all year long. Have fun trying some artichokes; I love them!

  6. Thanks for sharing the link to my Greek turkey meatballs. I think they'd be great in this recipe, which I cannot wait to try!

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