Polpette with Marinara Sauce

Polpette with Marinara Sauce

Traditional polpette with marinara sauce are the quintessential Italian meal. These rustic, homemade meatballs are loaded with traditional ingredients-earthy oregano, fresh parsley, garlic, salty Parmesan cheese and are smothered in fresh marinara sauce-served just as they would in any Italian home!

Polpette with Marinara Sauce

Who doesn’t enjoy a rustic meal in a traditional Italian restaurant, where you can enjoy a fresh plate of pasta, garlic bread, and perhaps some polpette with marinara sauce? Why not bring the experience of dining at an Italian restaurant to your home by preparing these delicious, rustic polpette for the family?

Polpette with Marinara Sauce

Contrary to popular belief, the Italian method of preparing (and consuming) polpette is somewhat different than the traditional North American way, that is, they are served on a bed of marinara sauce…and not on a bed of pasta!

Polpette with Marinara Sauce

Ingredients
(Yields 24 golf ball-sized meatballs)
500g lean ground beef
500g lean ground pork
2 large eggs
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 small red onion, finely minced
2 tbs. dried oregano
1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/3 cup milk
1 – 1 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (seasoned or unseasoned)
*Day old bread, soaked in the milk works best in the recipe and lends to super-juicy polpette however, breadcrumbs work just fine!

Preparation
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs then add the milk, garlic, onion and spices, and whisk until combined.

Polpette with Marinara Sauce

Add the ground pork and beef and gently combine the mixture with your hands. Once combined, add the breadcrumbs and mix again until combined. Do not over-mix as this will result in tough rather than tender meatballs.

Polpette with Marinara Sauce

Cook for 35-40 minutes (turning at the halfway point) until browned. Remove immediately from the oven to avoid overcooking them.

Polpette with Marinara Sauce

Serve on a bed on fresh marinara sauce, garnished with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Polpette with Marinara Sauce

Since this makes such a large batch, you can set an uncooked portion aside and freeze in a zip-lock bag for a quick go-to weeknight meal.

Polpette with Marinara Sauce

Polpette with Marinara Sauce

Traditional polpette with marinara sauce are the quintessential Italian meal. These rustic, homemade meatballs are loaded with traditional ingredients-earthy oregano, fresh parsley, garlic, salty Parmesan cheese and are smothered in fresh marinara sauce-served just as they would in any Italian home! Who doesn’t enjoy a rustic meal in a traditional Italian restaurant, where you can …

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36 thoughts on “Polpette with Marinara Sauce”

  • JoAnn 2 years ago

    Do you use a jar sauce or homemade? If homemade, do you have a recipe? Or which brand/variety of sauce do you use? Thank you! They look delicious!

    • Thanks JoAnn! I always make my own sauce! I don’t have an exact recipe but it’s pretty simple. Get the best whole canned tomatoes you can find and cook them for 45 – 60min. I add salt, and a pinch of sugar, plus some olive oil at the end for flavour. You can add garlic (I add them whole then remove) or a few pieces of onion for flavour (remove before serving or eat them!).

  • We love meatballs at our house. I’m going to give this recipe a try. Thanks!

  • Cherri Littleton Megasko 5 years ago

    I love rustic Italian cooking and these look fantastic. (I can almost smell them from here!)

  • Penny @ pennyspassion.blogspot 5 years ago

    Yum! These look very tasty — I’ll have to give them a try.

  • Carly Anderson 5 years ago

    Oh yum! I’m italian and this is exactly how we ate them when I was little! I’ve gotta try making them, they look amazing!

  • This is so amazing right now! That’s the hungry stomach talking. I bookmarked this to try sometime, looks so freaking good.

  • I make a similar dish with a lot veggies..

  • April Mims 5 years ago

    These sound really great and I love that they aren’t served over pasta. I’m going to make a big batch and freeze to have them available to serve whenever.

  • Danielle 5 years ago

    How delish! These look like the meatballs my mom used to make for me as a kid and must be super filling. My two boys would love these loaded with tons of cheese on top. Beautiful pictures, I’m hungry just looking at them!

    • They are very filling. If I’m in a bind for dinner I’ll just cook up a few of these, add some sauce and dinner is served! No need for pasta or a side dish!

  • Michelle Hwee 5 years ago

    Yumm! This looks so good! I can’t wait to try out your recipe! I like that you made them all together, makes the clean up much easier!

  • These look so delicious! Very similar to the way that I make meatballs! Thank you so much for sharing your version of this recipe. I always love to compare and learn new techniques.

  • I’ve always used 1/3 each of beef, veal and pork- do you like the veal-less version better? I’ve always just used my grandma’s recipe lol but never thought to take one of them out? Definitely agree with the day old soaked bread 🙂

    • I don’t necessarily like them better without veal. I have made them with veal as well…these were the ingredients I had on hand, lol! And yes, the bread makes ALL the difference!

  • The meatballs look so delicious, yummy and round tasty so does the sauce.

  • michele d 5 years ago

    I’ve never used pork when I make my meatballs. I would certainly need to try it one day. Your dish looks mighty tasty!

  • Mama to 5 Blessings 5 years ago

    Those look great! I have never used ground pork before. Sounds great to go in the meatballs!

  • This looks super YUMMY! I love Italian food so I’ll definitely be trying this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing <3

  • Fiona Naughton 5 years ago

    Oh wow, these look absolutely delicious! I would love these for dinner right now. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  • I’ve never heard of this before. My husband loves dishes like this and I think he would really enjoy this one.

  • Wow these look delicious! We love meatballs at my place so I’m always on the look out for new recipes for them and sauces
    These are most definitely the ultimate in comfort food, my fave!

    • My comfort foods as of late have been mostly vegan dishes, lol! However, my family loves these!! A simple marinara sauce is so easy to make to-just brown garlic in olive oil, add canned tomatoes, salt and pepper, fresh basil, a pinch of sugar, and simmer until thickened!

  • GlutenFreeHappyTummy 5 years ago

    sounds like some yummy comfort food!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 5 years ago

      Yes, it is! Actually, I prepare this for my family…I don’t eat a lot of meat so I prefer making a vegan version with lentils for me! Thanks for stopping by!

  • monica 5 years ago

    Oh lisa – this is soo good! Forgive my question if i am totally butchering your amazing recipe! Can I make it with turkey meat? xxx

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 5 years ago

      Of course you can!!! For a while I wasn’t eating read meat but I was eating chicken and turkey so I would just substitute with that! Have you seen the recipe on the Blog for Veal & Rapini Meatballs? Turkey would be a great substitution in that one too!

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