Average User Rating

3 Stars

3 Comments | Write a comment

Recipe Tags

Bake Beef Italian

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  160
  • Protein  12 g
  • Carbohydrates  3 g
  • Fat  11 g
  • Cholesterol  65 mg
  • Sodium  54 mg
  • Potassium  133 mg
  • Phosphorus  99 mg
  • Calcium  27 mg
  • Fiber  0.5 g

Italian Meatballs

A kidney-friendly take on a classic, this Italian Meatballs recipe is sure to be a favorite for people with kidney disease, diabetes or those on dialysis.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted DaVita dietitian Kathy, MS, RD, LDN, CSR, from Pennsylvania.

Portions: 24     Serving size: 2 meatballs


    • 1 cup Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce
    • 1 cup onion
    • 3 large eggs
    • 3 pounds ground beef
    • 1 cup oatmeal, uncooked
    • 6 tablespoons parmesan cheese
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
    • 2 teaspoons oregano, dried
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


    1. Prepare Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce from DaVita.com recipe. Set aside.
    2. Preheat oven to 375° F. Chop onion.
    3. Beat eggs in a large bowl, then add all ingredients and mix together.
    4. Roll into 1” balls and place on a baking sheet.
    5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through.
    6. To serve, place meatballs in a warming dish or slow cooker on low heat setting. Serve with 2 teaspoons sauce on the side or add sauce to the meatballs.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 1-1/2 meat
    • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Find the recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce on DaVita.com. It adds 37 mg potassium and 21 mg sodium for one tablespoon. This lower-potassium, low-sodium sauce can be used as a substitute for tomato sauce in a variety of dishes. 
    • Make meatballs ahead and refrigerate. When ready to serve, heat ingredients together and transfer to a warming dish.

Write a Comment

Already have a myDaVita.com account? Sign in to review. If not, register now.

Tell us what you think.

Rate it:

All comments will be approved by a DaVita teammate and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive. For more information, please see frequently asked questions.

What's everyone saying?

3 Comments | Average User Rating:

Italian Meatballs

amber1234 says:


What type of oatmeal are you talking about? Quick cooking kind? Or are you talking about the instant kind? Please let me know. Recipe sounds good. Dietitian comment: Use the quick cooking[INVALID]it's lower in sodium. Instant oatmeal contains added sodium.

Jan. 16, 2014, 2:35 PM - Inappropriate review?

Italian Meatballs



Looks like this will be really helpfjl

Feb. 26, 2010, 4:49 PM - Inappropriate review?

Italian Meatballs



I'am new to all of this and to find this web site has made me so happy. I just started my dialtsis here Auburn, Ca. I have found the people you have there are the best and are real. I want to tell them Thanks for being there for me and my wife. Michael R. Graham P.S. If you give awards to your centers or to the people who works at you centers I fill thay have what I would call 1 to 10 a 10 star center.

Jun. 23, 2009, 1:42 PM - Inappropriate review?

Have No Fear, Diet Helper is Here

Get kidney-friendly meal plans with DaVita Diet Helper.

Start Today

Recipe Alerts-
Sign Up

Receive a monthly newsletter with our newest kidney-friendly recipes.

Sign Up Today

Download a Cookbook

Get a free recipe collection from the DaVita kitchen.

Start Today

Food Analyzer

Manage your kidney diet by finding values for 13 nutrients, including potassium and phosphorus.

Analyze Now

Phosphorus Challenge

Use this tool to learn about the important role phosphorus plays in the kidney diet.

Sign Up Today

Kidney Diet Tips Blog

Recipes, tips and news for people on a kidney diet.

Read Now


© 2004-2014 DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. All rights reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy of medical information | Web Privacy Policy | Safe Harbor Privacy | FAQs | Site map
This site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from a physician.
Please check with a physician if you need a diagnosis and/or for treatments as well as information regarding your specific condition. If you are experiencing urgent medical conditions, call 9-1-1