Classic Low-FODMAP Italian Meatballs Recipe; Gluten-free

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Just because you are on the low-FODMAP diet, it does not mean you can’t enjoy all your favorite foods (one of my personal mantras).  Here is a classic recipe for low-FODMAP Italian Meatballs that is full of the flavors you love.  These low-FODMAP Meatballs are great with low-FODMAP spaghetti or other pasta, or in a low-FODMAP meatball sandwich.

Pair these low-FODMAP Meatballs with my low-FODMAP Marinara sauce recipe for the perfect combination, and added vegetable nutrients.  Low-FODMAP Meatballs are rich, filling and disappear fast!  A meal you can be proud to serve your family.  This recipe is also gluten-free.

I love using my low-FODMAP Happy Spice Italian Seasoning to make this low-FODMAP recipe even easier.

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Rachel Pauls, MD

Classic Low-FODMAP Italian Meatballs (with Spaghetti); Gluten-free

Although this recipe has not been lab tested, a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients

Serves 4

Prep time 15 minutes, plus chilling

Cook time 20 minutes

Total time 35-40 minutes


  • 1 cup low-FODMAP, gluten-free bread crumbs (try my low-FODMAP Breadcrumbs recipe)
  • 5 tablespoons low-FODMAP milk (such as almond milk or lactose-free)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for garnish if desired
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon low-FODMAP Happy Spices Italian Seasoning
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef, or your favorite ground meat
  • 1 tablespoon garlic-infused olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola or olive oil (for frying)
  • 16 ounces Rachel’s best low-FODMAP spaghetti/ marinara sauce
  • 12 ounces low-FODMAP, gluten-free pasta of your choice, prepared and tossed with olive oil or butter


Prepare the low-FODMAP meatballs

  • Combine the breadcrumbs and low-FODMAP milk in a bowl
  • Add the parmesan, parsley, egg yolk, salt, pepper, Happy Spices Italian Seasoning and mix
  • Add the ground beef and the infused oil and mix until all combined well
  • Form mixture into 1.5 inch round balls (about 12) and refrigerate until firm (About 15 minutes)
  • In a large skillet, heat remaining oil, then add meatballs and brown them on all sides, about 10 minutes
  • Transfer meatballs to paper towel-lined plate
  • Drain oil from skillet
  • Place the low-FODMAP marinara sauce into the skillet to warm
  • Add meatballs to sauce and simmer about 10 minutes
  • Plate low-FODMAP pasta and top with sauce and meatballs, garnish with sprinkled parmesan and fresh parsley

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