Shirley's Easy Meatball Sauce Recipe

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A rich tomato sauce with depths of flavour that is absolutely ideal served over beef meatballs. This is one of Shirley's much loved recipes, and is regularly served at home.

Shirley's Easy Meatball Sauce Recipe

We keep getting asked for a nice tomato sauce recipe to serve with our True Bites beef meatballs so, after a little convincing, Shirley has kindly donated one of her absolute favourite recipes from her culinary arsenal. This is a really versatile recipe. Shirley has even been known to use it with pork sausage, turkey meatballs, and I even recall it once being used to serve over chicken. Goes great with pasta. So, here it is, let us know what you think of it in the comments below... 

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes


  • 2 packets True Bites beef meatballs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
  • 120ml dry white wine
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs
  • 100ml water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add the onion and fry until lightly golden. Add the garlic and fry for another 1-2 minutes.
  2. Pour in the wine and leave to simmer until the liquid has reduced by half.
  3. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, mixed herbs, water and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the tomatoes are soft.
  5. Add the meatballs to a large pre-heated frying pan and fry for 5 minutes turning frequently until they are browned all over.
  6. Pour the tomato sauce over the meatballs and simmer for 10-15 minutes until they are cooked through.


  • Skip out the wine if your're looking for a super quick tomato sauce.
  • Grate your favourite cheese over the top to really finish it off. 

Written by Matt Rhoades

Matt is our full time tea maker/web designer/delivery driver/butcher/accountant/social media man who you'll often find bickering with Dennis. Our MD with a passion for great meat and great customer service. When he's not at work he'll be creating recipes and probably barbecuing something somewhere, or making bacon jam. He loves it!!

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