Easy Low-Carb Instant Pot Meatballs

An easy low-carb Instant Pot meatball and tomato sauce recipe. An easy meal for busy night with no searing required.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Total Time: 23 mins
Servings: 4
Total Carbs: 12g
Fibre: 2g
Author: Libby Jenkinson

Ingredients

Tomato Sauce

Meatballs

Toasted Garlic Ricotta Topping

  • 100 g ricotta cheese
  • 25 g mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

Tomato Sauce

  • Before starting, oil the whole inside of the Instant Pot liner with olive oil. This will prevent the sauce and meatballs from sticking.
  • Add all the ingredients for the sauce into the Instant Pot. Stir the sauce so that the seasonings are mixed into the sauce.
  • Turn the Instant Pot to sauté. While the sauce is heating up you will want to make the meatballs.

Meatballs

  • Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in a food processor. The food processor will finely chop the bacon and onions and help the meatballs hold their shape.
  • Next, roll the meatballs. You will want to roll a palm-sized amount of meat in your hands to form the meatballs. You want your meatballs to be about the size of a golf ball.
  • Once the meatballs are formed, arrange them in the tomato sauce in the Instant Pot. It is ok if the meatballs touch. Since the sauce is hot the meatballs won't stick together when cooked.
  • Pour 120ml ( 1/2 cup) water over the sauce, do NOT stir the water into the sauce. This will help the Instant Pot come to pressure.
  • Close the lid and turn. Turn the pressure release valve to "sealing".
  • Cook the meatballs and sauce on high pressure using the "manual" or "pressure cook" button for 8 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.

Toasted Garlic Ricotta Topping

  • While the pressure is releasing you will want to heat your ricotta topping. Mix all the topping ingredients together in an oven safe dish.
  • Bake the topping at 400 degrees F/200 degrees C for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  • When the pressure valve drops on the Instant Pot lid remove the lid. Give the meatballs a good stir.
  • Serve the meatballs immediately with a big dollop of ricotta topping. The meatballs are also great served with zucchini noodles!

Notes

If you cannot buy coconut aminos, it is similar to soy sauce and may be substituted.
Serving: 1serve | Calories: 699kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 52g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 560IU | Vitamin C: 20.7mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 6.2mg