5 Ingredients or less, Appetizers

Red Wine Meatballs


I volunteer at James River Cellars in Glen Allen, VA.  Our event coordinator, Alison, experiments with recipes using our wines and blogs about them at From the Bottom of a Wine Bottle.  Inspired by her, I decided to try a few recipes myself.  This is my first, using Real Santa Red, a Cab Franc infused with cinnamon.


  • 1 sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 c. Real Santa Red (or any red wine)
  • 1 jar tomato basil pasta sauce
  • 1 pkg. (12 oz.) pre-cooked meatballs (turkey or beef)


In a medium saucepan coated with cooking spray over medium heat, cook chopped pepper 5 min. or until tender, stirring occasionally.  Add red wine.  Cook 1 more minute.  Stir in pasta sauce.  Add meatballs.  Cover; let simmer 10 min or until meatballs are heated through.


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