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Polpettone are large meatballs, similar to meatloaf, and are from Italy. Perfect for a cold winter evening!
<b>Prep:</b> 15 mins Prep: 15 mins
<b>Cook:</b> 25 mins Cook: 25 mins
Serves 4 Serves 4
Low Fat Low Fat
Excellent source of iron Excellent source of iron
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Beef meatballs

  • 500g Quality Mark beef mince
  • 1 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs

Tomato Sauce

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes in juice
  • 1½ - 2 cups Campbell’s Real Stock - Vegetable
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 bay leaf

To serve

  • ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup roughly chopped parsley leaves



Preheat the oven to 220°C.


Lightly oil a deep baking dish or skillet (one that will fit 8 meatballs comfortably in a single layer). Mix all meatball ingredients together well, then shape into 8 meatballs and place in prepared baking dish.

Tomato sauce

Place a dash of oil in a heavybased saucepan, over a low heat, and add the onion and garlic. Cook until the onion is soft, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, stock, tomato paste, sugar, bay leaf and season well. Simmer for 10 minutes to allow all the flavours to mingle and the liquid to reduce a little. Remove from the heat, cool for about 5 minutes, remove the bay leaf, then process in a food processor until you have a smooth sauce.


Pour sauce over the meatballs and cook in oven for 25 minutes turning meatballs once after 15 minutes.

To serve

Serve hot sprinkled with the Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.
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Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size: 417g
Energy kJ (kcal) 1543 (368)
Protein (g) 39.4
Fat (g) 12.0
Saturated (g)
Carbohydrate (g) 24.5
Sugars (g)
Sodium (mg) 665
Iron (mg) 7.1
Zinc (mg) 6.5
Vitamin B12 (ug) 3.9
Vitamin D (ug) 0.24
Selenium (ug) 10.0

Did you know as well as playing a key role in immunity, zinc also contributes to normal growth and development in kids.
  • Wet your hands before shaping meatballs. This helps to prevent meat sticking to your hands.
  • Use fresh herbs in your meatball mixture – 1 tablespoon each of finely chopped parsley, thyme and oregano. A teaspoon of chopped fresh sage is also good here.
  • For better flavour in your favourite dishes try swapping water for Campbell's Real Stock - the results are amazing.
  • To bump up the fibre of this dish, use wholegrain breadcrumbs.
  • Polpettone is Italian for large meatballs or meatloaf.
  • Bump up the fibre content of this dish by using wholegrain breadcrumbs and drop the sodium by using sodium-reduced stock and tomato paste.

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Comments & Reviews

There are: 35 reviews, with an average rating of 4.9 out of 5
queste sono polpette, non polpettone :)
Posted by bender 2020-03-29 15:53:36
Polpettone is in fact meatloaf, and not large meatballs (which, large or small, are 'polpettini' in Italian. I live in Italian speaking country, and speak Italian at home)
Posted by Tom 2019-12-03 01:02:24
Posted by Camillo Spath 2018-08-11 18:18:56
Loved these, especially the sauce. Did you blend the sauce, just has it chunky. So tasty.
Posted by Sue 2018-05-21 13:39:33
Made FROM Italy?
Posted by Mr Me 2017-09-03 22:02:58
Made this last night and was loves by all. Easy and delicious. Will definitely be making this again.
Posted by Kirsten B 2017-08-19 10:55:36
Very tasty yummy evening meal
Easy to put together, fabulous flavours.
Posted by Carl 2017-07-30 19:19:13
Thanks for the fabulous feedback Lisette. Glad to hear it is a favourite in your busy household :)
Posted by Beef + Lamb NZ 2017-07-13 08:18:32
Love, love, love this recipe! It's been on the weekly menu almost since bringing our little boy home from the hospital... easy, delicious and full of goodness - we also add a bag of baby spinach and let it wilt down so it becomes a complete meal in one. Highly recommend <3
Posted by Lisette 2017-07-12 18:57:56
Excellent easy dish. Good with some crispy Turkish bread
Posted by Maddie Hall 2017-03-19 19:43:53
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