Baked Meatballs in Tomato Sauce with spaghetti

Chianti Baked Meatballs Recipe

50 Minutes
Serves: 2
Beefy meat balls flavoured with parmesan, olive, paprika, fresh chilli and fresh parsley. The beef meatballs are oven baked in a Chianti, basil and tomato sauce. These delicious meatballs are served with spaghetti and crusty garlic bread.

Recipe Ingreds


  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 100 grams cherry tomatoes
  • 3 sprig fresh basil
  • 125 ml Chianti red wine
  • salt (to taste)
  • granulated sugar (to taste)
  • 1 tin tinned tomatoes


  • 8 black olives
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 egg
  • 0.5 fresh chilli
  • 2 sprig fresh parsley
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 250 grams mince beef
  • 0.5 onions
  • 0.5 tsp paprika
  • 15 grams parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • salt (to taste)
  • 0.5 slices brown bread
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • 1 garlic bread


  • 1 spaghetti

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • set the oven to 220C 425F or gas mark 7

Step 2

  • peel and chop the onion(s) finely
  • peel and crush the garlic
  • chop the olives
  • finely grate the parmesan
  • place all the ingredients into a large bowl

Step 3

  • using a food processor blend the bread into fresh breadcrumbs
  • add the breadcrumbs to the onion and olive bowl
  • add the mince beef
  • add the paprika
  • stir to mix the ingredients

Step 4

  • wash and finely chop the chilli
  • wash and finely chop the fresh parsley
  • add the ingredients to the bowl

Step 5

  • place the egg(s) in a small bowl
  • beat the egg
  • add to the meatball mixture
  • season with salt and pepper
  • stir to mix the ingredients

Step 6

  • take a large spoonful of the mixture and with damp hands shape the mixture into a meatball
  • repeat until all the mixture has been formed into "meatballs"
  • place a drop of oil in the oven proof dish
  • lightly toss the meatballs in the olive oil
  • place in the oven
  • cook for 10 mins

Step 7

  • wash the cherry tomatoes and then slice in half
  • remove the meatballs from the oven
  • add the cherry tomatoes
  • add the wine
  • place in the oven
  • cook for 10 mins

Step 8

  • remove the meatballs from the oven
  • add the tinned tomatoes
  • add the sugar
  • wash and tear the basil leaves add to the sauce
  • season with salt and pepper
  • place in the oven
  • cook for 15 mins to 20 mins

Step 9

  • half fill a pan with water and boil
  • add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until tender but with a slight bite

Step 10

  • reserve a few tbsps of cooking liquid from the pasta
  • drain the pasta

Step 11

  • put the garlic bread on the baking tray and place in the oven follow cooking instructions on packaging

Step 12

  • remove meatballs from the oven
  • taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary
  • if the sauce is a bit thick add the reserved pasta water

Step 13

  • divide the pasta between the serving plates

Step 14

  • place 3 to 5 meatballs on each plate and share the sauce between the serving dishes

Step 15

  • remove garlic bread from the oven
  • serve the pasta with garlic bread

Step 16

  • if you are cooking extra for the freezer, place the meatballs and sauce into a freezable container, allow to cool and place in the freezer

Recipe Utensils

  • 1 baking tray
  • 2 chopping board
  • 1 cling film
  • 1 food processor
  • 1 Garlic crusher
  • 1 grater
  • 1 jug
  • 1 large bowl
  • 2 large knife
  • 1 large pan
  • 1 oven proof dish
  • 1 sieve
  • 1 small bowl

About our Chianti meatballs

This recipe is from one of our favourite chefs Jo Pratt from her book "in The Mood for food", we tweaked this recipe slightly by adding fresh cherry tomatoes to the sauce. 

Exactly where meatballs originate from is not clear, there are early recipes found in Arabia, China and Rome for meatballs that resemble the meatballs we make today.

Our tasty meatballs are made from a combination of minced beef and breadcrumbs. The meatball mixture is combined with chopped olives, grated parmesan, paprika, chopped fresh chilli & parsley. The beef meatballs are cooked in the oven in a tomato sauce made from tinned tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Chianti wine, and basil. These delicious meatballs are served on spaghetti with garlic bread. 

Meatball from around the world

Albanian meatballs are made with feta cheese and are fried

Belgium, Bulgaria and Italy use a mix of pork and beef for their meatballs and flavour them with traditional country herbs and spices

In Greece, meatballs are known as keftédes and include breadcrumbs, onions, parsley and mint. 

Meatballs are eaten all over the world all with slightly different regional changes, common accompaniments for meatballs are pasta, rice and mashed potatoes.  

Other beef pasta dishes

Beef Lasagne & Mixed Salad

Spaghetti Bolognese

Succulent Crispy Chilli Beef with Egg Noodles

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