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Low Carb / Keto Meatloaf With Parmesan Cheese (no pork rinds!)

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This grain-free, gluten-free, Italian style low carb meatloaf is great for everyone. The parmesan cheese makes an even better binder than pork rinds and you get a great, traditional consistency with keto ingredients.

keto meatloaf made without pork rinds and parmesan cheese served like meatza and text "low carb - keto -THM Italian style meatloaf" by The Moments At Home

My kids looked at me, expectant smiles on their upturned faces, and asked the dreaded question: “What’s for dinner?”

I pulled out my day planner and looked at my menu plan and cringed on the inside.

“Meatloaf”, I said. “But a yummy kind. Kind of like a giant meatball. Or Pizza.”

In the back of my mind were snippets of memories of myself crying at the table, begging to be allowed to skip dinner because I hated meatloaf.

I then thought of the time I first met my husband’s extended family over a “special family dinner.” Of meatloaf. A meal I hated.

And I worried. Why had I decided to expland their palates with meatloaf?

“WAHOO! I can’t wait to try it!” shouted the Princes. Her brothers quickly followed suit. Bless her heart, she had set a high standard.


To this day, I’m not sure why I added it to our meal plan. I suppose it’s because I want to raise well-rounded children who aren’t picky eaters (like, ahem, one of their parents).

I was essentially making up a recipe, and although I was already sold on this amazing Italian treat of low-carb meatloaf, I was holding my breath for their verdict.

Dinner came around and all I could think was, “I hope they like it. Oh, please, let this be a good one!”

The unimaginable pressure was the result of the hope and excitement on their sweet faces that morning, that Mommy wouldn’t mess up an almost month-long winning streak of fabulous dinners. But it was meatloaf.

Seriously delicious, Italian style, low carb meatloaf. We have enjoyed it over and over since then, and to this day it’s a long-standing family favorite.

keto meatloaf without pork rinds smothered in tomato sauce and mozzarella with fresh chopped basil

This one got twelve thumbs up (I have a lot of critics kids, and they love to vote; anything over 8 thumbs up gets made over and over again around here, so this one was a tremendous victory).

You’re going to love it. You’re not going to think about the fact that you are eating low-carb meatloaf that is healthy and slimming. All you’re going to consider is that your taste buds are singing.

My 3-year old calls it Meat Pizza, and he could be on to something. But the Princess declared it Meatloaf a la Italia all those years ago when she first had it and it stuck!

Whether you’re following Trim Healthy Mama, Atkins, South Beach, Keto, or just want a fantastic meal that your entire family will enjoy, this Italian inspired low-carb meatloaf is bound to be a family favorite.


Crushed pork rinds as a binder is very popular in low carb recipes, but honestly it’s not my favorite choice for a recipe like this.

To make this meatloaf without pork rinds, use grated parmesan cheese instead! Like breadcrumbs, it’s dry, holds moisture, and is fine.

Plus, it tastes really good!

You will still use eggs to help bind, as well, and the result is an Italian meatloaf that is filled  with flavor!

It’s all the perfect keto cheese meatloaf or Trim Healthy Mama S dinner. Enjoy.

This low carb meatloaf is like a slice of giant meatza. The recipes doesn't use pork rinds at all, and is an Italian treat.
Yield: 8-10

Italian Meatloaf With Parmesan (low carb, no pork rinds!)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This delicious low carb meatloaf is an Italian feast. Made with parmesan cheese as the binder instead of pork rinds, the taste of this low carb meatloaf is homestyle comfort food at its best.


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 TB oregano
  • 1 TB basil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2-1 tsp pepper
  • optional dash of cayenne for some subtle heat
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan (aka “shaker cheese” by my kiddos0
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste


  1. Mix all ingredients together well.
  2. Smooth it into a 13×9 pan.
  3. Bake at 375 for 45-55 minutes (when it reaches an internal temp of 165-170 if you want to temp it).
  4. When it's done, pour out the fat and let it sit 5 minutes before serving. OPTIONAL (but highly recommended for the yum factor): top with marinara and mozzarella.
  5. Cut into 9-10 servings.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 449mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 29g

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low carb meatball smothered in sauce and cheese with text "easy keto meatza" by The Moments At Home

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  1. is this keto friendly? the wife started a keto diet and i am allergic to nuts to coconut and almond flour are a no go! didn’t think searching for a meatloaf recipe would be this hard!

  2. Hubs started low-carbing it and really liked this recipe. I didn’t have tomato paste, so I used a little marinara sauce. We will def have this again!

    1. Yes, just don’t top it with the red sauce and additional cheese until it’s cooked part way through when you’re baking to serve.

  3. Is it really a 9X13 pan ?? It looks so thin compared to my usual recipe .. I’d like to try your recipe tonight

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