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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


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


    1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
    2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together.
    3. Roll into 1” balls and place on a baking sheet.
    4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through.
    5. To serve, place meatballs in a warming dish or crock pot on low heat setting. Serve with 2 teaspoons sauce on the side.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 1-1/2 meat
    • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce recipe on DaVita.com 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.

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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



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

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