Meatballs in Tomato-Wine Sauce

Total Time
7hrs 15mins
Prep 1 hr 15 mins
Cook 6 hrs

Makes enough for 1 lb. of pasta. You can use spaghetti, penne, or another chunky pasta

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make the sauce, heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over med-high heat.
  2. Add in the onion and garlic; stir/saute for a few minutes or until well softened but not browned.
  3. Add in the wine; bring to a boil; continue boiling 1-2 minutes, scraping up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Transfer mixture to the slow cooker.
  5. Add in tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, parsley, allspice, and bay leaf; stir to combine.
  6. Cover and cook on HIGH while you prepare the meatballs.
  7. To make the meatballs: add the ground beef to a large mixing bowl, breaking it up a bit with your fingers or a large fork.
  8. Add in the breadcrumbs, eggs, Parmesan, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, parsley, and allspice.
  9. Gently but thoroughly blend the ingredients, using your hands or a large fork.
  10. Be careful not to compact the meat, which will make your meatballs tough.
  11. Gently shape the mixture into 12 meatballs, each a little bigger than a golf ball.
  12. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over med-high heat; add in the meatballs and brown on all sides, 6-10 minutes, turning carefully.
  13. Using a slotted spoon, transfer meatballs to the slowcooker.
  14. Pour off any fat from the skillet, return to the stove and add the wine.
  15. Cover over high heat for 2-3 minutes, scraping up any browned bits stuck to the pan.
  16. Pour over the meatballs.
  17. If the meatballs are not covered by tomato sauce, carefully spoon some sauce over them.
  18. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-6 hours.
  19. Remove the bay leaf and serve meatballs and sauce over pasta.
Most Helpful

Excellent recipe - I substituted white wine for the red as I had a bottle already opened. I did it in a skillet instead of a slow cooker - worked well. Simmered the sauce & balls on low for 30 minutes Thanks for a tasty dinner

Bergy September 30, 2007