Polpette Italiane al Vino Rosso: A Flavourful Italian Meatball Symphony

Get ready for a culinary masterpiece with our Polpette Italiane al Vino Rosso – Italian Meatballs with Red Wine Tomato Sauce. These meatballs are like a serenade to your taste buds, a taste of Italy that will make them sing with joy. Slow-baked in a luscious red wine tomato sauce, they’re a gastronomic journey to the heart of Italian cuisine.

Polpette Italiane al Vino Rosso: A Flavourful Italian Meatball Symphony

Get ready for a culinary masterpiece with our Polpette Italiane al Vino Rosso – Italian Meatballs with Red Wine Tomato Sauce. These meatballs are like a serenade to your taste buds, a taste of Italy that will make them sing with joy. Slow-baked in a luscious red wine tomato sauce, they’re a gastronomic journey to the heart of Italian cuisine.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 Serves
Calories 331 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Meatballs:

  • 500 grams beef mince with a perfect 20% fat ratio
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 100 grams bread crumbs
  • a handful of diced parsley
  • a handful of diced celery leaves secret ingredient
  • 3 cloves garlic finely diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Sauce:

  • 100 mls red wine
  • 1 jar passata
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the beef mince, bread crumbs, diced onion, a generous handful of diced parsley, a handful of diced celery leaves, and finely diced garlic cloves. Season it all with a pinch of salt and a dash of pepper. Mix everything together until it becomes a harmonious symphony of flavours.
  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Take portions of the meat mixture and shape them into meatballs.
  • In a pan, heat a bit of olive oil and brown them on all sides, taking about 3-4 minutes. They’re not fully cooked yet; they’re just getting their beautiful sear. Set them aside.
  • Now, in the same pan, pour in the red wine. It’s time for a little Italian drama! Let it simmer for a few minutes, letting the wine tell its story and release all those aromatic notes. Scrape up any delicious bits from the pan; they’re the chorus to this culinary opera.
  • Stir in the jar of passata, and toss in the bay leaves, the unsung heroes that add depth to the tale. Season the sauce with a pinch of salt and a sprinkle of pepper to taste.
  • Place your meatballs into an oven-safe dish. Pour the red wine tomato sauce over them, making sure every meatball gets coated.
  • Bake the meatballs in the preheated oven for about 1 hour. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your meatballs. During this time, baste them with the sauce every 15-20 minutes. Add some water or stock if required.
  • Remove them from the oven, and just for good measure, let them rest a moment. Discard the bay leaves and serve your Italian meatballs with a side of pasta, crusty bread, or mashed potato. Garnish with basil if you want to add a little extra flourish.

Notes

These Polpette Italiane al Vino Rosso are more than just a dish; they’re a culinary masterpiece, a love letter to Italy’s rich flavours. Savor the symphony of flavours, let your taste buds dance, and as the Italians say, “Mangiare bene e godere della vita” – Eat well and enjoy life!

Nutrition

Calories: 331kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 22gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 87mgPotassium: 378mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Beef, Beef Meatballs
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