Meatball Cups (not strict paleo – gluten free)

I warned you in the recipe title. This recipe is not strict paleo. It has grass fed cheese in it and lasagna strips by Cappello’s Gluten Free pasta which include potato starch and tapioca flour, which not all paleo-eaters eat. So here ya go, just so you don’t b*tch at me for making something you can’t eat: Paleo Cupboard has a great pasta recipe you could create to satisfy your meatball cup needs! And then you could make my Chicken Enchilada Lasagna as well!! I’m giving you options, people. Love me, NOW!

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Meatball Cups (not strict paleo – gluten free)

  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 1 pound pork italian sausage
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/4 white onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 (14 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 package of Cappello’s lasagna (cut into 45 inch squares)
  • 1/2 cup shredded grass fed cheese (your choice of brand- I used Kerrygold)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place italian sausage, bell peppers, onions, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon oregano and salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix well to incorporate.
  3. Create 12 meatballs with the mixture.
  4. Heat up a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs to the pan and cook on all sides until brown and slightly cooked. Once they are cooked on all sides (about 15 minutes), put on a plate to cool enough to handle.
  5. With the same pan you just cooked the meatballs in, still over medium heat, add tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon thyme and 1/2 teaspoon oregano, along with fresh basil and salt and pepper, to taste. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes on low heat.
  6. Once the tomato sauce has mixed together, remove from heat.
  7. Cut pieces of parchment paper into about 5-6 inch squares. Place a lasagna square on top of the parchment paper and press into a muffin tin. No need to try to be perfect, just press down and up onto the sides of the muffin tin. Plop a meatball inside, scoop about 1-2 teaspoons of sauce on top and sprinkle with cheese.
  8. Repeat with all meatballs
  9. Place in oven, on the bottom rack to keep lasagna from burning, and cook for for 35-40 minutes or until meatballs are completely cooked through.

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25 thoughts on “Meatball Cups (not strict paleo – gluten free)”

  1. I live in Denver too- where to you get your Capellos pasta at and your pork Italian sausage. Would love a post about how you grocery shop.

    1. They have a list on their website on where you can buy it. I get it from the cherry creek whole foods or the Tony’s on broadway and 9.

      1. Al Bundy (the old “Married With Children” show on FOX) swore by never cleaning his charcoal grill as his “secret” to successful grilling, and so do I! C’mon, what can survive pre-cooking prolonged searing flames???

  2. Hey Juli,

    Capellos seems to be a CO based company. Any thoughts on a good sub if we can’t find in our area?


  3. This looks soo good! & What an adorable presentation!
    Thanks so much! Making this tonight, and for dessert: your carrot cake!

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  4. Looks yummy! What does the texture of the pasta become? It almost looks crisp? I actually have Capello’s on hand and was wondering how I would use it…

  5. Lisa asked my question!! I want to make these now……….how necessary is parchment paper – I don’t have any!!

  6. These are SO cute for a party! And look delish. Definitely going to try; I think I have a Capello’s lasagna sheet in the freezer… Must check. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Juli,

    Thanks so much for the Rx Bars recommendation and coupon code! I got the coconut cacao and blueberry and both are ridiculously good.


  8. This recipe looks really tasty. however,

    Cabella’s lasagna sheets are $17 for one 12oz pack that makes 1 lasagna. i am so tired of GF and Paleo food ingredients being so expensive. I can’t buy that! WTF PaleOMG.

    Please develop recipes where normal people with food allergies and requirements can actually afford to eat healthy and don’t have to be billionaires.

    — hungry and hurting

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