Meatballs with Cheese and Red Wine

My Favourite Beef Recipes

Meatballs with Cheese and Red Wine myfavouritepastime.com_7586Sometime in September, I made these chicken balls with cheese and I really loved them. Yesterday, I wanted to make the same meatballs but I only had ground beef so I said, why not? Instead of adding white wine, I added red wine and smoked paprika. It tasted extra special. We had it with some steamed Basmati rice.

Meatballs with Cheese and Red Wine myfavouritepastime.com_7583I wish you a wonderful week and happy cooking!!!

Meatballs with Cheese and Red Wine myfavouritepastime.com_7588The meatballs tasted awesome.

Meatballs with Cheese and Red Wine myfavouritepastime.com_7585We had them with steamed Basmati rice.

Meatballs with Cheese and Red Wine

Preparation Time: 30 minutes; Cooking Time:45 minutes;   Makes: 25-35 meatballs depending on size.


  • 500g (1Ib) ground beef (minced Meat)
  • 1 cup freshly made breadcrumbs (chop 2 slices of bread in a chopper)
  • 100g cheese diced into ½ inch cubes (I used Gouda with Jalapeño)
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil

Paste Ingredients

  • ¼ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • a handful, coriander leaves
  • 2 tablespoons cashew nuts or any other soft nuts
  • Salt and pepper to taste (for 500g (1Ib) meat)

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ cup crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup good quality red wine
  • 1 x 400ml can coconut milk 
  • 1 x 540ml (19fl oz) can white (cannellini) beans, drained
  • a handful coriander leaves (cilantro), shredded


  1. To Make Paste: Combine all ingredients for paste in a small chopper and chop until smooth.
  2. Combine the ground beef, fresh breadcrumbs and paste in bowl. Mix thoroughly, with a spoon or fork until combined. Form into 25-35 chicken balls placing the diced cheese in the middle. (I made 33 small meatballs)
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet on the stove top and brush with oil. Brown the meatballs on all sides. Set aside. (please note meatballs are partially cooked at this stage)
  4. To make sauce: heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until soft. Add the paprika and cook for about a minute. Add the crushed tomatoes, coconut milk and wine and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. Then add the white beans, bring back to the boil and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Check seasoning, add the coriander leaves (cilantro) and serve on a bed of rice or with pasta.

Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

24 thoughts

  1. I also love chicken meatballs from time to time but these look the best ever! I need to make this lovely recipe this week! They look very inviting & fantastic even! waw! xxx

  2. Liz, this looks like the kind of winter meal that would be both a comfort and joy to make. I’ve made something similar but I’ve not used red wine in the recipe, I don’t suppose some oxo or beef flavoring would substitute? Red wine gives me migraines so I’m very nervous about even cooking with it. What do you think? It looks sooooo good! How is your week going so far?

    1. On the contrary white wine does give me headache once in a while but I still use it in cooking. And anyway once you cook the wine the alcohol evaporates so it probably won’t give you a headache. The oxo would add some flavour of course but it won’t be the same without the wine. I think I’m addicted “to wine in food” omg I have to shake it off…we have a lovely weather today, up to 8C and tomorrow and Friday will even be better, double digits. I am enjoying good weather while it lasts and playing some loud music as I work. Sometimes I can actually write and edit with loud music in the background. Especially when the subject in question is rather bland and boring. Have a lovely week and thanks so much for always being here. You’re phenomenal!!!!

        1. Oh good luck with the recipe. I hope she’ll like it. Please tell her the red wine is the core of the recipe. It must not be omitted. I wish you all the best in Italy. I am sure the food is fabulous there!

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