Meatballs with Wild Mushroom Sauce

In the summer we love burgers.

In the winter we love meatballs,

We like them with pasta or rice or barley or mashed potatoes or….


I know I just did a post on Spaghetti and Meatballs with Chard Mushroom Sauce.

But, as it’s mushroom season, I thought we could have another variation, this time focusing on the mushrooms that are in season..

Cremini mushrooms would work fine in this sauce, but a variety of wild or field mushrooms will add a greater depth of flavor.

Just so you know – I get them at the market. I do not hunt them myself (remind me to tell you that story).

Meatballs with Wild Mushroom Sauce

Total time: 30 minutes


  • The Meatballs
  • 12oz (360gr) ground beef
  • 2 tbs dried bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbs red wine
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) red wine
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) beef stock
  • The Sauce:
  • 8oz (240gr) wild or field mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs corn flour, maizena) dissolved in 2 tbs water
  • 4oz (120gr) spaghetti

Meatballs with Wild Mushroom Sauce


  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain
  • Meatballs:
  • In large bowl lightly beat the egg with a fork.
  • Add remaining ingredients, except beef, wine and stock. Mix well.
  • Add beef and mix well, (use your hands and knead like bread dough).
  • Form into meatballs, about 1″ (2.5cm) in diameter.
  • Put wine and stock in a large skillet and heat to simmering.
  • Add meatballs, cover and simmer until done, about 15 minutes
  • Sauce:
  • In large skillet heat the oil over medium heat.
  • Add onion, celery, mushrooms, garlic and sauté for 12 – 15 minutes, or until nicely browned.
  • Add chili powder, heat through.
  • When meatballs are done, remove to a plate and keep warm.
  • Add mushroom / onion mixture to meatball simmering liquid
  • Stir in tomato paste.
  • Add dissolved cornstarch and stir until thickened.
  • Return meatballs to sauce and stir to coat.
  • To serve:
  • Put spaghetti in large serving bowl, spoon meatballs over and serve.

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It’s Friday night.

It’s dark, the sun having set a couple of hours ago.

As I look out my kitchen window I see three tractors on three separate farms, headlights blazing, planting their fields.

The farms around our house plant corn or sunflowers or winter wheat…. In rotation, of course.

To the casual observer (me) it’s a pretty pleasant way to farm.

It’s October, winter wheat is planted…..

Nothing more is done until the next July when it’s harvested,

Sometime in September or October they may or may not decide to plow.

Sometime in the following March they fertilize.

In April the sunflowers are planted.

Nothing more is done until September when the sunflowers are harvested.

And then we start over, two years later, with the winter wheat again.

If corn is planted, rather than sunflowers, watering may be required.

Not bad, eh?

Okay, in all fairness, if that is all the farmer does he’s probably working full-time at another job as well.

And if he’s not working at another job, he probably has a lot more fields and or cows that I don’t know about.

Still, from my viewpoint…..

If you want nutrition information for the recipe, try this site: Calorie Count

Last Updated on October 25, 2013

7 thoughts on “Meatballs with Wild Mushroom Sauce”

  1. Farmers trade a leisurely lifestyle with uncertainty of the weather. On a good year, it is great, but in bad weather years they really suffer.

  2. I am in awe of what goes on in France. Growing up in Michigan, the seasons were prescribed by the apple orchards and the cherries. I took it for granted. But all of our farmers deserve respect. I am just realizing that. You live in a fertile area. I would love to be in your kitchen eating this wonderful dish while looking out over your acreage.

  3. This recipe sounds too delicious. I am going to try that tonight. Thank you, was trying what to make for dinner. Problem solved!

  4. Pam, the harvests haven’t been good here lately (or so I’m told) The farmers that don’t have beef all have ‘day’ jobs.

    Kate, the farms here tend to be small… And I know they do work hard…. It’s just the view from my window that’s so deceptive.

    Joanne, a good variety of mushrooms make a big difference.

    Penny, here the big crops are walnuts, prunes with apples and tomatoes coming in second. The cereal crops are sunflowers and winter wheat… but orchards are big. Would love to have you here.

    Sue, glad I could help LOL

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