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Meatballs “In Bianco” | Italian Meatballs in White Wine Sauce Recipe

Updated: Mar 18, 2023

This is an incredibly simple and delicious way to cook Italian meatballs as a second course. The savory, white wine sauce is both rich and light at the same time—and packed with incredible flavor from fresh rosemary and thyme.

Meatballs "in Bianco" | Simple White Wine Meatball Sauce

We have a whole guide to making the best Italian meatballs, which you can check out here! Once you have about 12-15 meatballs, give this easy preparation a shot and you’ll soon have an incredible meat dish.

Watch the Pasta Grammar video where we make Polpette in Bianco here:


Makes: 15 meatballs

Cook Time: 45 minutes

For this recipe, you will need:

  • 3-4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 garlic clove, peeled

  • 15 Italian meatballs (check out our recipe to make your own!)

  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary

  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 2/3 cup (160ml) white wine

  • Salt

  • Large skillet

  • 2 forks

Add the oil and peeled garlic clove into a large skillet over medium heat. When the garlic begins to sizzle in the oil, gently add the meatballs and herbs into the pan. Use two forks to occasionally turn the meatballs until they are lightly browned on all sides. Remove the garlic clove.

Browning the Meatballs in a Pan

Pour in the white wine and bring to a gentle simmer. Lightly sprinkle the sauce with salt. Cover the pan and let the meatballs cook for 20 minutes. While they cook, occasionally swirl the pan a little bit to stir the meatballs.

Remove the lid, turn up the heat slightly, and let the sauce reduce until it thickens to your liking. Salt again to taste, if necessary. Serve the meatballs immediately, drizzled with sauce from the pan.

Buon appetito!

Be sure to check out our full guide to making your own meatballs! Craving spaghetti and meatballs? Try the authentic Italian recipe!

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Feb 27, 2023

Absolutely loved this dish! The meatballsvqre flavor bombs. The pasta was fun to make and with a bit of elbow grease pretty easy. Glad I don't need a machine. My wife said this is the food she wa expecting in Italy. Will 100% make this


Feb 27, 2023

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