Cheesy Meatballs Casserole

Ingredients:

2 lbs. 900g ground turkey

1 cup 120g shredded mozzarella

1/2 cup 50g grated or shredded parmesan

1 egg

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend

1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper optional

1/2 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper flakes optional

1 cup 240ml low-carb Marinara sauce

1 cup 120g shredded cheese of your choice for topping (Mozzarella, Provolone, Monterrey Jack, Cheddar…)

Fresh basil or parsley for topping

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Lightly spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.

In a large salad bowl, combine ground turkey, mozzarella, parmesan, egg, onion powder, garlic, Italian seasoning, Cayenne, and crushed chili pepper flakes. Use a small cookie scoop to form the meatballs all the same size and arrange the meatballs in the casserole dish.

Bake the meatballs casserole for 15 to 20 minutes or until fully cooked. Remove from the oven and drain the grease.

Top the meatballs with low-carb Marinara sauce and shredded cheese, and put the casserole back in the oven. Bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese has fully melted.

Serve the low-carb meatballs casserole with a side salad or over zucchini noodles as pictured.

Enjoy!

Notes:

This recipe is perfect for those who are following a low-carb diet, as it is made with ground turkey and topped with low-carb marinara sauce and cheese.

Feel free to substitute the ground turkey with ground beef, chicken or pork if you prefer.

To make this recipe even lower in carbs, skip the breadcrumbs and use almond flour or coconut flour instead.

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For a spicier version, add more Cayenne pepper or crushed red chili flakes to the meatball mixture.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.