An Italian Meatloaf recipe that everyone in the family will love. it is so simple to make and incredibly satisfying! Delicious juicy beef meatloaf smothered in a rich marinara sauce. What is not to love!
Italian Keto Meatloaf in a white cast iron pan with tomato sauce

I wanted to make this Italian keto meatloaf recipe one that everyone in the family love. Keto or not this is a recipe that will be a great keto dinner you can put on rotation and everyone will be happy.

With very little fiddling around this dinner is not too time consuming.

Read on for some alternatives, FAQs, and more cooking methods.

Full meatloaf in a pan with tomato sauce and parsley sprinkled over

Italian Keto Meatloaf Ingredients

I often get asked for “mince” or keto ground beef recipes to keep the keto budget down. Good thing for me is I am more of a fan of ground beef and ground pork fan than any cuts. I love how versatile it is and how much flavour can easily be added with spices.

Everything you need to make our very delicious Italian keto meatloaf recipe is available from the local supermarket. Check your pantry first to see what keto pantry staples you have first. The recipe uses many spices that are found in most households.

Full meatloaf in a pan with tomato sauce and parsley sprinkled over


As I have already mentioned this keto meatloaf is not a huge time consumer. These are very simply the best tips I can give you so end up with a perfectly soft and succulent meatloaf.

Use fresh spices

If your spices have a used by date that is out of date get new ones! If you follow a lot of my recipes you know you will be using them again. Old spices add no flavour to any dish.

Use fatty ground beef and ground pork

Lean meat is not what we want. Not for the keto diet or for your keto-friendly meatloaf. While grass fed and organic are recommended if it doesn’t suit your budget then get what you can. You can also mince your own meat or ask your local butcher to mince some good fatty meats for you.

Don’t over mix

The more you mix and knead ground meat the firmer and tougher it will be. Simply mix all the meatloaf ingredients enough to just bring it together and shape into the loaf.

Italian Keto Meatloaf Recipe in a cast iron pan

Faqs and Substitutions

Here is just a bit of QNA of what I might expect some of you to ask me about our low carb meatloaf recipe. I will add more to it if there is loads of questions.

Can this recipe be made ahead?

Yes it can. You can choose to make both the meatloaf (precooked) and sauce up to 2 days ahead and cook on the day.

How do I store meatloaf?

Once cooked the meatloaf can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container. Leftover meatloaf is great for lunchboxes or easy to reheat dinners. Store in the fridge for up 4 days or alternatively freeze in individual portions.

I want a nut free keto meatloaf.

Easy! Simply swap the almond meal for flaxseed meal or 1 tablespoon of coconut flour.

Is this a paleo-friendly meatloaf?

Simply omit the cheese for a delicious paleo meatloaf.

Can I cook it in a slow cooker?

Yes you can! Simply add all the marinara to the bottom of the slow cooker and carefully place the meatloaf in as well. cook on low for 5-6 hours until cooked through.

How to make keto meatloaf in the Instant Pot?

To cook this meatloaf in an Instant Pot I would recommend a 6 or 8L models only. Simply prepare the sauce on saute until heated through. Shape the meatloaf to fit your IP and place it onto the trivet. Carefully lower it into the sauce. Put the lid on and close the valve. Set the IP to Pressure Cook/25 minutes. Do a quick release. Carefully lift the loaf before resting and slicing.

I don’t eat pork or beef, can I substitute another meat?

Make the meatloaf to suit your tastes. If you want to make it all beef, or chicken etc it is completely up to you. Change the spices or add chilli for heat. Wrap it in bacon, or have a cheese centre. Recipes are meant to be made with love and passion.

2 slices of meatloaf in a brown bowl

Tools to make Italian Meatloaf

Here are just a few of my kitchen favourites that you can use to make our Italian Keto meatloaf recipe.

Cast Iron Pan

Baking Tray

Glass storage containers – MY favourite way to store saucy dishes.

Instant Pot

Steamer Sling for Instant Pot

Full meatloaf in a pan with tomato sauce and parsley sprinkled over

More keto ground beef recipes

Here are just a few more keto ground beef recipes that you might love. Many of these happen to be our most popular dinner recipes.

  1. Easy Beef Lasagna
  2. Keto Big Mac Salad
  3. Aussie Keto Chilli Beef
  4. Keto Chilli Con Carne
  5. Keto Mexican Beef Burger

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Meatloaf in a tomato sauce in a white cast iron pan

Italian Meatloaf Recipe

An Italian Meatloaf recipe that everyone in the family will love. it is so simple to make and incredibly satisfying! Delicious juicy beef meatloaf smothered in a rich marinara sauce. What is not to love!
5 from 102 votes!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 594kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 8 serves
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  • 2 tablespoons (2 tablespoons) olive oil
  • 1/2 (1/2) small onion finely chopped
  • 2 (2) garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 (2) eggs
  • 3 teaspoons (3 teaspoons) smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons (2 teaspoons) dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons (2 teaspoons) fennel seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 500 g (18 oz) ground beef
  • 500 g (18 oz) ground pork
  • 1/2 cup (1/2 cup) almond meal or golden flax meal
  • 1/2 cup (1/2 cup) parmesan grated


  • 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) crushed garlic
  • 2 cups (2 cups) passata or tinned tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) Italian Seasoning
  • 1 cup (1 cup) red wine or beef stock/broth
  • 50 g (1.75 oz) tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) butter cubed
  • 1/2 cup (1/2 cup) shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup (1/4 cup) freshly chopped parsley or fresh basil leaves



  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and cook, stirring, until softened, 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool.
  • In a large bowl add all the meatloaf ingredients, including the cool onion/garlic, and season well. Using your hands mix until all ingredients are combined.
  • Shape the loaf on a large baking tray roughly around 25 cm x 10 cm. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • To make the Marinara sauce; heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet. Add the garlic and cook stirring until fragrant. Add the passata, Italian Seasoning, red wine, tomato paste and season to taste. Simmer for 7-10 minutes to reduce slightly.
  • Gently slide the meatloaf into the marinara sauce. Baste the top of the meatloaf with some of the marinara and sprinkle with cheese. Add the cubes of butter to the sauce around the meatloaf. Cover with lid or foil and return to the oven for a further 20-30 minutes, remove the lid for the last 10 minutes to brown the cheese.
  • Leave meatloaf to rest 10-15 minutes before slicing. Serve with fresh parsley.


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • Add the olive oil, onion, garlic to the meer; mix 3 sec/speed 7. Scrape down the sides of the bowl; cook 5 min/100°C/speed 1. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Add the remaining meatloaf ingredients and season well. Mix 30 sec/reverse/speed 2. Mix further by hand if needed. Follow from Step 4 above.


This recipe includes a link to our amazing Homemade Italian Seasoning Substitute. You can very easily make your own keto seasoning with the many and varied dried herbs you have in your pantry.
For more amazing keto ground beef recipes try our Easy Beef Rissoles (another family favourite), Italian Meatballs, Savoury Mince, Curried Beef Mince, or even our Curried Sausages. They are all so delicious. If you love keto comfort food we have you covered. 
This recipe yields approximately 6-8 servings. The actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
To calculate the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe by 8. The result will be the weight of one serving. 
Nutritional values shown are guidelines only. They are for 1 serving using the ingredients listed. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on the brands and types of ingredients used. 
All recipes have been tested using all of the cooking methods included by various recipe testers.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Alternatively, store in an airtight container and freeze.
The recipe card instructions contain the most basic of steps and list of ingredients. If you have any queries, questions or are unsure of substitutions, please scroll up to the blog post for more information.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 1serve | Calories: 594kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 394mg | Potassium: 739mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1251IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 4mg | Magnesium: 48mg | Net Carbs: 7g
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16 responses to “Italian Keto Meatloaf Recipe”

  1. wendy adams

    5 stars
    Absolutely the most flavoursome meatloaf ever! Our family loved it!

  2. Goanna

    5 stars
    Hello – we are new to low carb cooking, but this website has been great. This recipe was delicious – so many good flavours, lovely mouthfeel and great texture from the mushrooms. For the pasta I used apple cider vinegar as per your other post for pasta, and had to mill the psyllium husks in a coffee grinder to get a powder, but the pasta turned out great and was pretty easy. Thanks for your effort with this website and providing such a great variety of recipes. ☺️

  3. Ros

    I just love this recipe…. It’s so easy & delicious

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      So happy that you love it Ros. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review and let us know too x

  4. Tracy W

    5 stars
    This couldn’t be any tastier or easier. Do it and don’t miss putting a bit of chilli into the meatloaf to enhance other flavours. Will serve with buttery cabbage and mushrooms done in the AF tonight for dinner. Thanks Megan you are the flavour queen.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Haha! Thanks Tracy!

  5. Grant McCarthy

    5 stars
    Our family of 5 loved this. My 14yo son cooked this and I assisted. Very easy

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Woohoo! I love hearing that the kids are cooking for the family x

  6. Sue Hanna

    5 stars
    I usually make tge Pete Evans or Eomens Weekly versions…my husband rates yours as better… he actually said…exceptional!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Good to hear. It seems your husband has exceptional taste too! Hahaha!

  7. Serita Coefield

    The sauce is amazing. I added extra garlic, 3/4 cup fine grated parmesan cheese, parsley, and lots of black pepper. To the meatloaf I put sliced provolone then the sauce e then grated 5 cheese Italian on top.

  8. Kevin U

    5 stars
    I love this recipe. I double it as my family will eat all of it in a sitting and ask for more. I altered the recipe a bit and used ground Italian sausage instead of ground pork and left out the fennel seeds

  9. sonia Bellantoni

    5 stars
    Amazing flavoursome meatloaf i’ve ever made being italian its a huge compliment.Family loved it.
    The second time i made it i put boiled eggs in the middle of the meatloaf and looked pretty as a serving presentation.
    all your recipes are amazing..Thank you Megan

  10. Terri K

    5 stars
    Make sure to double the recipe – as you will want seconds and left overs if permitted

  11. Lynda H

    5 stars
    What an easy meal to make Megan. I’m going to have mine with some keto veggies on the side 😍

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      I am so happy you gave it a go and enjoyed the recipe Lynda.

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