The Best Fennel and Pork Meatballs

by Tracey

Easy Fennel and Pork Meatballs

These Fennel and Pork Meatballs are super tender, savory, and flavorful.  They are super easy to make and absolutely delicious! These can be served as a low-carb dinner or as a delicious appetizer! Everyone will love them! ūüėČ 

Fennel and Pork Meatball Ingredients: 

  • Ground pork –You will need 1 lb of ground pork to make these meatballs. Studies have shown that substituting pork for beef can be helpful for weight loss and heart health. 
  • Fennel seeds – Offers a sweet, warm, and aromatic flavor that goes well in savory dishes like these meatballs. 
  • Garlic cloves – Adds nice flavor when cooked.
  • Shallot – Adds sweet and mild flavor notes. 
  • Salt – A must when making meatballs. A good ratio to follow is to add 1 tsp per 1 lb of meat. 
  • Black pepper 
  • Oregano – Adds bold and earthy notes, which complement the fennel and pork.
  • Sugar – Adds nice flavor to the meatball. 
  • Red pepper flakes – Adds nice flavor. It does not make the meatballs spicy; rather, it enhances the flavor of the meatballs more. 
  • Tomato sauce or marinara – We like to make homemade marinara. But Rao’s Marinara Sauce works perfectly here too! 
  • Havarti Cheese – Adds nice creamy notes and makes the sauce uber delicious.
  • Spinach – Because, why not? Get your greens in! 
  • Fresh Basil – Add nice flavor and complements the dish perfectly! 


  • Leftovers can be stored in a glass seal container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator! 
  • Reheat leftovers either in the microwave in a pan over medium-high heat, stirring often. 

These fennel and pork meatballs are one of our favorites to make for easy weeknight dinners or as a yummy appetizer. We also make the meatballs without the sauce for homemade pizzas too! Check out our Best Meatball Pizza and our Fennel and Sausage Pizza recipes for other dinner ideas!  

We hope you love these meatballs as much as we do! Enjoy! 

Easy Fennel and Pork Meatballs

If you make this recipe, please share feedback and leave a rating (below). This helps our readers and us. – Thanks! xx Jake & Tracey 

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Easy Fennel and Pork Meatballs

Fennel and Pork Meatballs

  • Author: Tracey Gene
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15 meatballs 1x


These Fennel and Pork Meatballs are super tender, savory, and flavorful. These can be served as a low-carb dinner or as a delicious appetizer!



The Meatballs:

  1. 1 lb ground pork 
  2. 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds 
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 shallot, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  5. 1 teaspoon salt 
  6. 1 teaspoon black pepper 
  7. 1 teaspoon oregano 
  8. 1 teaspoon cane sugar
  9. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 
  10. 2 tablespoons of olive oil 

The Sauce:

  1. 2 cups of marinara, either homemade or store-bought (we like Rao’s Marinara Sauce)¬†
  2. 1 cup of shredded Havarti Cheese, plus more to serve
  3. 2 cups spinach 
  4. 1 tablespoon of fresh basil, chopped, plus more to serve


  1. Add the ground pork, shallot, garlic, and seasoning to a mixing bowl. Use either your hand or a fork to combine the ingredients. 
  2. Use an ice-cream scoop to scoop out balls and place on a plate, or use a tablespoon to grab the mixture out and roll into balls. 
  3. Add olive oil to a pan and turn the burner on to medium-high heat. Add prepared meatballs to the pan and cover with the lid. Let the meatballs cook for about 7 minutes. Flip the meatballs, cover with the pan and cook for 3 additional minutes. 
  4. Remove the meatballs from the pan to a plate. Reduce heat to medium and add the marinara sauce to the pan and scrape the pan’s bottom to get all the brown bits off. Add 1 cup of shredded Havarti cheese and mix into the sauce. Add the spinach and toss together until the spinach wilts.
  5. Add the meatballs back to the pan to cook for about 7 minutes. 
  6. Add 1 tablespoon of fresh basil and toss to combine. 
  7. Sprinkle additional Havarti Cheese and basil on top. Serve in a serving dish as an appetizer, or divide into bowls as a carb-free dinner. 
  • Category: Appetizer, Entree
  • Cuisine: Italian-Inspired

Keywords: fennel, pork, fennel and pork meatballs, easy pork meatball, carb-free dinner, meatball appetizer, appetizers, meatballs

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