Meatballs in White Wine Sauce with Rustic Bread

Meatballs in White Wine Sauce with Rustic Bread Photo: Kate Sears; Stylist: Amy Wilson


  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 10 sundried tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • All-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 sundried tomatoes, halved
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup white wine (such as Pinot Grigio)
  • 4 baguette slices


Combine ground beef, ricotta cheese, egg, finely chopped sundried tomatoes, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Mix well with hands. Roll mixture into shape of golf balls, wetting hands if necessary; flatten slightly. Lightly dredge meatballs in flour; shake off excess. In large frying pan, heat olive oil over high heat. Add halved sundried tomatoes; stir 1 minute. Add meatballs; fry until golden (3–4 minutes per side). When flipping meatballs over, add garlic; cook 1 minute. Add wine; bring to boil. Reduce to simmer; cook until sauce is thickened (5–7 minutes). To serve, place 4 meatballs in a bowl with sauce and 1 baguette slice.

    Meatballs in White Wine Sauce with Rustic Bread gives new life to an ingredient staple--lean ground beef. These meatballs are pumped with flavor with the addtion of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, ricotta cheese, and sundried tomatoes--and then simmered in white wine.
  • Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: 4 meatballs, wine sauce, and 1 slice bread)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 380
Fat per serving: 18.7g
Saturated fat per serving: 7.3g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 8.5g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 1.1g
Protein per serving: 27g
Carbohydrate per serving: 18g
Fiber per serving: 1g
Cholesterol per serving: 98mg
Iron per serving: 3mg
Sodium per serving: 646mg
Calcium per serving: 230mg

Good to Know

David Rocco, host of the Cooking Channel’s David Rocco’s Dolce Vita and author of Made in Italy, created this recipe.

David Rocco