Italian Meatballs in Rich Tomato Gravy

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is quite rich and friends quite often ask me to cook it. It can be served with either pasta or polenta.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine first 8 ingredients and shape into about 24 firm balls.
  2. Brown in a little olive oil.
  3. Add the red wine and tomatoes with pinch of sugar and cook gently for 1 hour until sauce has thickened and turned dark red.


Most Helpful

this was a very different dish for us. i have been making meatballs the same way forever, always use breadcrumbs and eggs, milk, etc. i didn't think these meatballs would even hold together- but they did, beautifully. for the sauce i added alot of fresh rosemary, parsley, thyme, basil during the last 15 minutes but i added dried oregano and a bay leaf at the beginning of the cooking time. my husband thought it was a meat sauce because of the dark color and rich flavor. i served this with thick spaghetti and it made 6 servings, just perfect for us. i will be making this again

chia June 18, 2003

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