This Keto Stromboli Meatloaf is a fun low carb meal option. A flavoruful chicken meatloaf is wrapped around cheese, basil, and pepperoni!
A few weeks ago, I published my recipe for Low Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatloaf.
That recipe was the result of making my Low Carb Spinach Feta Salmon Pinwheels, and getting it in my head that I need to stuff and roll MORE foods, because it was fun and pretty.
As I mentioned in the Cordon Bleu meatloaf post, I had a few other roller meatloaf ideas, and that I’d be making one of them soon.
Well, here we are!
This recipe actually came with a slight delay, as the first version turned out WAY too salty. More on that in a bit!
This meatloaf is a lot of fun, and FULL of flavour.
It starts with ground chicken that’s been seasoned to taste like Italian Sausage (without all the fat and gout risk!).
Then it’s rolled up with pepperoni, basil, and mozzarella, before being topped off with a Low Carb Marinara Sauce, and baked.
Unf. SOO good!
While I was originally thinking “Pizza flavoured meatloaf”, one look at a finished slice made me realize that I’d basically made a meat stromboli.
So ... yeah. Low carb stromboli meatloaf, it is!
Chicken Based “Italian Sausage”
A while back - before I started this round of low carbing - I published a post on my main food blog, Celebration Generation.
The post was called Make Store-Bought Pasta Sauce Taste Good, and included a bunch of ways that I ... make store bought pasta sauce taste good, oddly enough.
Anyway, one thing I’d included in the post was my recipe for faux Italian sausage.
Neither one of us can handle eating pork anymore, so I came up with the recipe to be a VERY accurate replica of the real thing... just as chicken.
It’s super convincing when it’s cooked up, especially in sauce. Absolutely delicious.
Anyway, when it came to developing this recipe - with pepperoni, basil, and cheese being the main idea - I figured that sausage would be the PERFECT “meatloaf” to wrap around the filling.
... Unfortunately, I didn’t think to tweak the salt amount, to account for all the salt in the pepperoni and - to a lesser extent - the cheese.
The whole meatloaf got thrown out. Yikes.
So, as posted below, this recipe has been adjusted to cut the salt WAY down.
Low Carb Marinara Sauce
Looking through the options to top this meatloaf, it quickly became clear that most store bought marinara was absolutely out of the question - WAY too many carbs!
Luckily, Rao's Marinara not only exists, but is available here!
All of the flavour, no added sugar. Perfect!
Well, almost. It is *wildly* expensive - I think I paid $13 CAD for the jar - but you don’t need much for this recipe, and the jar is pretty big.
So, you can use to make keto pizza, on pasta, etc. If you can’t use it all up within a week or so, just pour it into freezer baggies and freeze it - makes it much more economical, that way!
Otherwise, you can easily make my Keto Marinara Sauce!
How to Make Keto Stromboli Meatloaf
Preheat oven to 350 F, generously grease a meatloaf pan, set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together chicken, herbs & spices, salt and pepper, and the egg.
Spread chicken mixture out onto a sheet of parchment paper. I like to aim for the length of my loaf pan (8"), by however long it ends up, when spread to about ¾" thick.
Lay out the pepperoni slices to cover the chicken - leaving 1" uncovered, across each of the short sides.
Top with shredded mozzarella, and then the basil leaves.
Starting with one of the short ends, roll up the meatloaf along the length of it - the parchment paper will help with this.
Be sure to pick up the paper on the end you’re rolling, going kind of up and over, rather than a straight roll. You want to keep the filling in, not push it.
Transfer meatloaf to the prepared pan, seam side down.
Pour marinara sauce evenly over meatloaf.
Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer measures the internal temperature at 165 F.
The blog recipe software only allows for a generic marinara sauce, and does not account for the lower carb count of Rao's.
As a result, the stated carb count is slightly higher than it actually is, if you use Rao's.
More Keto Potluck Foods
Looking for low carb options to serve at your next potluck - or bring to a party? I’ve got you covered!
Keto Cabbage Rolls
Keto Funeral Potatoes
Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
Cauliflower Low Carb Mac and Cheese
Keto Chewy Lemon Bars
Keto Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Glaze
Keto Raspberry Coconut Bars
Low Carb Broccoli Salad
Low Carb Creamy Cucumber Salad
Chicken Bacon Ranch Armadillo Eggs
Keto Mushroom Turnovers
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Keto Stromboli Meatloaf
- 2 lbs Ground chicken
- 8 Garlic cloves pressed or minced
- 2 tablespoon Dried Parsley
- 2 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 2 teaspoon Coarse black pepper
- 2 teaspoon Fennel seeds
- 2 teaspoon Onion powder
- ½ teaspoon Crushed chilies
- ½ teaspoon Dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon Dried sage
- ½ teaspoon Dried rosemary
- ½ teaspoon Dried thyme
- 1 Large egg
- 6 oz Turkey Pepperoni 175 g
- 3 cups Shredded mozzarella
- 1 cup Fresh Basil leaves
- ½ cup Rao’s Marinara Sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 F, generously grease a meatloaf pan, set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together chicken, herbs & spices, salt and pepper, and the egg.
- Spread chicken out onto a sheet of parchment paper. I like to aim for the length of my loaf pan (8"), by however long it ends up, when spread to about ¾" thick.
- Lay out the pepperoni slices to cover the chicken - leaving 1" uncovered, across each of the short sides.
- Top with shredded mozzarella, and then the basil leaves.
- Starting with one of the short ends, roll up the meatloaf along the length of it - the parchment paper will help with this.
- Be sure to pick up the paper on the end you’re rolling, going kind of up and over, rather than a straight roll. You want to keep the filling in, not push it.
- Transfer meatloaf to the prepared pan, seam side down.
- Pour marinara sauce evenly over meatloaf.
- Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer measures the internal temperature at 165 F.
More Meatballs - and Meatloaf! - Recipes
Meatballs and meatloaf can be really great comfort food. Here are a few variations I’ve come up with:
Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
Scotch Egg Meatloaf Recipe
Low Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatloaf
Easy Keto Swedish Meatballs
Low Carb Chicken Meatballs in Mushroom Sauce
Keto Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Glaze
Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Meatballs