• 3 cups ground pork
  • 2 cups ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cold milk
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 onion, grated
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, leaves picked, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary, leaves picked, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 red chili, sliced down the middle
  • 1 jar tomato sauce
  • 1 Parmesan rind
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • Bucatini pasta
  • Parmesan, grated, to serve
  • Parsley, to serve


  1. In a large bowl, add the ground pork, ground beef, salt, pepper, milk, breadcrumbs, onion and herbs together. Mix thoroughly with your hands to combine.
  2. Form mixture into walnut-sized meatballs and place on a lined baking tray.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan and place the meatballs into the pan. Cook for 4 minutes on each side, until golden and cooked through then remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add the garlic and chili and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant.
  5. Add the jar of pasta sauce and stir then add the Parmesan rind and red wine.
  6. Add the meatballs back into the pan and cook everything together, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Remove the Parmesan rind.
  7. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  8. Serve the pasta topped with the meatballs and sauce, sprinkled with some Parmesan and parsley.