Italian Meatloaf Italy's Polpettone

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Italian meatloaf named in Italy "Polpettone" with spinach and ricotta cheese. You can proudly serve it to your family today and say: "This is my first Italian meatloaf..." If you haven't already this is the recipe to look for!

Stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese and a few slices of bacon or Italian speck, but just if you have it, otherwise don't mind because it's also very nice without.

As a side dish this meatloaf recipe goes well with potatoes or vegetables. If you like it's delicious served with a cream of porcini mushrooms or a simple salad with an Italian dressing. Don't worry for leftovers they are even better the day after...

Italian Meatloaf


Italian Meatloaf Italy's Polpettone

Italian Meatloaf
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS: for about 6 portions

  • 2 lb (900 g) of ground pork
  • 9 oz (250 g) of ricotta cheese
  • 9 oz (250 g) of spinach cooked and drained
  • 8 slices of Italian speck or bacon
  • 2 oz (60 g) of onion
  • 1 oz (30 g) of celery
  • 1 oz (30 g) of carrot
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 oz (30 g) of breadcrumbs
  • 1 oz (30 g) of Parmiggiano cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of nutmeg


  1. On a chopping board cut the onion, celery and carrot.
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  1. Fry the onion, carrot and celery in olive oil to make as it's called in Italian "soffritto". Then add the ground pork, eggs, "soffritto", bread crumbs, parmesan cheese into a mixer or knead by hands until the mixture is neither too soft nor too hard. Then lay the mixture of meat on a sheet of baking paper and flatten it with your hands. Put slices of "prosciutto" or bacon, and then make a layer of spinach and ricotta cheese (previously mixed together) and re-lay slices of prosciutto or bacon over spinach and ricotta.
  2. Now roll the meatloaf with the baking paper and then close it with aluminum foil (together with all the baking paper). Bake for 1 hour at about 400F (200C). But just 10 minutes before ending remove the aluminum foil and the baking paper and keep cooking without it. You can serve this easy Italian meatloaf with baked potatoes or stewed peas as you like. I ensure you that it's a complete meal and there's no adult or child who does not enjoy it.

Chopped Onion Celery and Carrot

Chop the onion, celery and carrot finely and add them to a sauce pan with the olive oil. Cook for about 2 minutes. This is what's called in Italian cooking "soffritto".

Meatloaf Mix

Take a large bowl and add the meat, eggs, breadcrumbs, parmiggiano cheese and the fried onion, celery and carrot. Mix the all until you have made a big ball of meat said in Italian "polpettone".

Ricotta & Spinach Mix

Italian Meatloaf Roll

Then simply follow all the steps below.

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