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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: 9 reviews, with an average rating of 5.0 out of 5
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
Hi there,do you have to put the sauce in a food processor to smooth out?
Is that necessary.Just thinking if you didn't own one.
Posted by Tyler 2016-10-17 14:55:13
Hi Tyler, no it is not necessary - you would just end up with a chunkier sauce.
Posted by B + L 2016-10-17 14:53:42
Glad your family enjoyed it Loretta :)
Posted by B + L 2016-10-17 14:52:18
Hi Annalie, you can substitute the breadcrumbs for almond meal if you are wanting to avoid carbs.
Posted by B + L 2016-10-17 14:51:44
If you want to avoid carbs, what could you use instead of breadcrumbs?
Posted by Annalie 2016-10-17 14:47:41
My husband and I love this recipe - the only change I make is substituting fresh herbs instead of dried. I use a mix of Marjoram, thyme and rosemary.
I have served with Pasta and Udon Noodles - preference for the noodles.
Posted by Betty McDonald 2015-11-18 15:33:50
with the answers not having stars attached it brings the rating way down and makes people think it is not good, as when I looked rating was only 2.5
Posted by comment 2015-11-02 13:54:02
Very easy and very tasty. Will definitely be a regular on our menu. The whole family enjoyed it.
Posted by Megs 2015-09-22 19:21:55
Loved this dish- very filling
Posted by Tracey 2015-09-16 16:21:22
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