How to cook Italian Meatballs on the Stove

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A great-tasting and simple Italian style beef meatballs recipe. Perfect addition for a plate of pasta with sauce, accompanied with garlic bread and a glass of red wine. This recipe serves two.


  • Fresh Spaghetti (600 grams)
  • Beef – (Minced/Ground) – (250 grams)
  • 1 Egg
  • Flour (Plain White) (100 grams)
  • Tomato Passata/Tin of Tomatoes (400 grams)
  • 1 Onion (Medium – finely sliced)
  • 1/2 glass Red Wine
  • 1/2 cup Basil (finely chopped)
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • Olive Oil
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese (to taste)

Preparation mode:

1. Blend contents of tinned tomatoes into a smooth consistency.

You do not have to use a blender; we prefer using a masher as it is much quicker and saves creating an unnecessary mess.

2. In a large bowl, mix well the minced beef, a whole egg and basil together using your hands. Season with salt (to taste).

3. Take a small handful of the mixture and in your hand roll it into a ball (about the size of half a golf ball).

Dust the ball in flour and put to one side. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.

4. In a large pan, gently sauté the onions in olive oil until soft.  Add the mashed down tin of tomatoes to the onions.  Season with crushed black pepper (to taste).

5. Add the meatballs to a new pan and gently fry in olive oil on medium heat until golden brown.  Make sure balls are browned evenly by gently stirring balls around from time to time.

6. Once meatballs have browned add the half cup of red wine and let simmer for a minute.

7. Add the meatballs and the wine sauce to the pan containing the tomatoes and onions and simmer for approximately 10-14 minutes until the meatballs have cooked through.

Check meatballs are cooked by gently inspecting one of the meatballs with a knife and fork, if there is no pink in the middle of meatball then they require no further cooking.

8. Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water until al dente.

9. Drain pasta and according to preference either:

Add the pasta to the sauce and stir through, or serve meatballs and sauce on top of a bed of pasta.

10. Serve with freshly grated parmesan.

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