Meatballs with Homemade Tomato and Basil Sauce

Today I made  meatballs in a rich tomato and basil sauce. I made the meatballs from minced beef, however they would be equally delicious using minced pork or minced lamb. Net carbs in recipe below 9 g per portion.

The meatballs are very quick to make but it is important to chill them before cooking to prevent them falling apart when you cook them, so allow time for this. They will freeze well so a good choice for preparing in advance.

I do not bother frying the meatballs, as they cook equally as well in the oven and as you are going to put them into the tomato sauce before serving you do not really need them browned; however if you want to serve them plain and therefore require a little colour, then I would suggest you still cook them in the oven first and then brown the outside for appearance purposes once cooked.

The tomato and basil sauce is a normal classic tomato sauce with basil herb added. When you chop the basil, do not over-chop as it is a delicate little herb and flavours will reduce if it is over worked. I use Pasatta as I prefer my sauce to be smooth, but you could also use tinned chopped tomatoes. Two tins would make a similar amount to the recipe below.

Today I served them with low carb spaghetti, however they are also delightful accompanied by courgette noodles. Find my recipe here.

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Winter Warming Beef Stew

This Winter Warming Beef Stew is just great for those cold winter days when you need a warm up for your insides. 17g net carbs per portion.

When I attended catering college back in the 1970s, Stewing was classified as being cooked in liquid on the stove top, but frankly whatever the difference is between a stew and a casserole I know for sure that a slow or oven cooked pot of beef and root vegetables immersed in a beef stock cannot be called anything other than a Beef Stew.

This meal is a perfect low carb winter warmer making you glow inside and out. I have served mine with mashed Celeriac which I cooked in the same way as I cook mashed potato – although be sure after draining the cooking water you return to heat just to dry out slightly as Celeriac retains more water content than potatoes. Although not pictured here, a nice floret of broccoli would be a perfect accompaniment and brighten the colour on the plate.

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Beef Bolognese Sauce

Welcome to my recipe for Classic Beef Bolognese Sauce. This sauce is perfect served with Courgette (Zucchini) noodles – Zoodles, to make a low-carb meal however it is also yummy with spaghetti making it into a classic spaghetti Bolognese, (but not low-carb).  You could also use this sauce in my low-carb Lasagne so make up a batch and store half for a meal later in the week or freeze it for another day. 12.5 net carbs per portion.

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