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Beef meatballs with marinara sauce in a skillet. Crusty bread on the side.

📋 Healthy Meatballs

Melt in your mouth Italian Healthy Italian Meatball recipe without the guilt! Use low fat ground beef to keep this recipe full of protein but still very flavorful.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 246kcal
Author Ana Frias


  • 2 pounds 96% lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 cup italian bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil For searing the meatballs
  • 2 jars of your favorite marinara sauce


  • In a large bowl add all ingredients (except olive oil and marinara sauce) and combine with your hands until everything is mixed through.
  • Shape into 1 inch meatballs.
  • Heat a large pot or skillet over medium high heat.
  • Sear meatballs in two batches using 1 tablespoon of olive oil each time. Turn the meatballs about 3 times and cook them 2 minutes per side.
  • Remove from heat and set aside on a plate. Repeat this process until all meatballs are cooked.
  • On the same pot or skillet, add the marinara sauce and deglaze until all of the brown bits from the meat blend into the sauce.
  • Return the meatballs to the pot and cook for an additional 30 to 45 minutes until soft.
  • Serve warm.


Serve with your favorite pasta or make a meatball sub. 


Serving: 4meatballs | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 57mg