Pork Meatballs with Pasta in Tomato Wine Sauce

Happy Monday to you!

Do you ever see ground pork in the meat case at the grocery store and wonder what to do with it?

Here’s an idea, make meatballs.

And since meatballs are so good with pasta, make meatballs with spaghetti in a tomato sauce, that has wine in it for good measure.

Why not, you deserve it.

For fun, the meatballs in this recipe are cut in half just before serving which adds to the deliciousness when the sauce is poured over them and topped with parmesan cheese.

Oh and before I forget to mention it……this recipes goes great served with garlic bread.  Here’s an easy recipe for Basic Garlic Bread.

Super delish.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Ground pork, tomato sauce, white wine, olive oil, dried thyme, dried oregano, garlic powder, dried basil, ground pepper, salt, red pepper flakes, spaghetti, and grated parmesan cheese.

 
Here’s how to make it.

For the Meatballs:

In a medium size bowl add the ground pork,

garlic powder,

black pepper,

dried oregano,

dried thyme,

and mix all of the ingredients together.

Next, roll the ground pork mixture into balls that are a littel bit smaller than a golf ball.

Heat a skillet on medium heat and add the olive oil.

Then add the meatballs to the skillet……

……and keep turning them so that each side will brown.

Once each side has browned (about 8 minutes),

cover the pan with a lid and turn the heat down to low.  Continue cooking for another 5 to 7 minutes or until the meatballs are completely cooked through.

Remove the meatballs from the skillet and set them aside while making the sauce. 

Leave any remaining remnants from the meatballs in the skillet.

For the Sauce:

In the same skillet, turn the heat back up to medium.

Add the wine and continue to stir as it cooks down (about 5 minutes).

Then add the tomato sauce,

dried basil,

dried thyme,

hot red pepper flakes (add a bit more if you prefer more heat), and the salt.

Stir all of the ingredients and let simmer on low heat while cooking the pasta.

For the Pasta:

Add the pasta to boiling water.

Cook until al dente, and drain.

Assembly:

Add the pasta to each serving dish.

Cut the meatballs in half….

….and add them on top and on the sides of the pasta.

Then,

add the sauce,

and….

…..top with parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

So super delish.

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Pork Meatballs with Pasta in Tomato Wine Sauce

Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients:

For the Meatballs
1 pound Ground Pork
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
2 teaspoons Dried Oregano Leaves
1 teaspoon dried Thyme Leaves
2 tablespoons Olive Oil

For the Sauce
1 can Tomato Sauce (15 ounces)
1 cup White Wine
1 teaspoon dried Thyme Leaves
1 teaspoon dried Basil Leaves
½ teaspoon ground Black Pepper
¼ teaspoon Salt (or salt to taste)
¼ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (or more if you prefer more heat)
¼ cup grated Parmesan Cheese

For the Pasta
2 servings of Spaghetti

Directions:

For the Meatballs: In a medium size bowl add the ground pork, garlic powder, black pepper, dried oregano, dried thyme, and mix all of the ingredients together. Next, roll the ground pork mixture into balls that are a little bit smaller than a golf ball. Heat a skillet on medium heat and add the olive oil. Then add the meatballs and keep turning them so that each side will brown.

Once each side has browned (about 8 minutes), cover the pan with a lid and turn the heat down to low. Continue cooking for another 5 to 7 minutes or until the meatballs are completely cooked through. Remove the meatballs from the skillet and set them aside while making the sauce. Leave any remaining remnants from the meatballs in the skillet.

For the Sauce: In the same skillet, turn the heat back up to medium. Add the wine and continue to stir as it cooks down (about 5 minutes). Then add the tomato sauce, dried basil, dried thyme, hot red pepper flakes (add a bit more if you prefer more heat), and the salt. Stir all of the ingredients and let simmer on low while cooking the pasta.

For the Pasta: Add the pasta to boiling water, cook until al dente, and drain.

Assembly: Add the pasta to each serving dish. Cut the meatballs in half and add them on top and on the sides of the pasta. Then add the sauce and top with parmesan cheese.

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6 Responses to “Pork Meatballs with Pasta in Tomato Wine Sauce”

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    Christine — December 30, 2012 at 8:38 am

    My husband and I made this last night, but used red wine instead of white, and ziti instead of spaghetti. It was great! Thanks!

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    • CCC — December 30th, 2012 @ 8:57 am

      Hi Christine, your version sounds delicious. I’m going to try this with ziti next time. Thank you for letting me know and so glad you liked it. Happy New Year!

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    Christine — May 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    This is our go-to recipe for meatballs now, I’m making them again tonight. I’ve made this recipe with different a couple different pasta types, and found angel hair is my favorite. I use red wine instead of white (it’s what we keep around), but no other substitutions. They freeze well, too!

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    • Nancy — May 11th, 2013 @ 11:32 pm

      Hi Christine, I’m so glad you like them. And freezing them is so handy too. Thank you for letting me know and have a nice rest of the weekend!

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    Alexandra — August 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Just wanted to say that I’ve made this twice now – with great results! The only slight change is that I use a can of plum tomatoes and add that at the same time as the wine as I reduce it – it adds to the overall flavour. However, excellent recipe. Thanks!

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    • Nancy — August 10th, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

      Hi Alexandra, I’m so glad you like it. I’ve seen cans of plum tomatoes in the store and thought to myself that I must try using them in recipes. Plum tomatoes have so much flavor…you’ve reminded me that I need to try these. Also, thank you for letting me know about adding the plum tomatoes and wine at the same time…that makes a lot of sense so they reduce together. I’ll be trying that too next. So glad you took the time to comment and let me know. Have a super great weekend!

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