Appetizers & Snacks

Polpette | Classic Italian Herb-infused Meatballs Recipe

Indulge in a timeless culinary delight with Polpette or Classic Italian Herb-Infused Meatballs. The perfect blend of ground beef and Parmesan.

Polpette | Classic Italian Herb-infused Meatballs Recipe

Polpette | Classic Italian Herb-infused Meatballs Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 350 kcal


  • 500g ground beef
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil for frying


  • Mix ground beef, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, garlic, eggs, parsley, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Next, mix well and shape the mixture into 1-inch meatballs.
  • Then heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium flame, add the meatballs, and cook. Cook the meatballs until they turn brown on all sides.
  • Finally, pour the marinara sauce into the skillet and let it simmer for about 20 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.

Serving Suggestions for Polpette, Classic Italian Herb-infused Meatballs

Spaghetti with Meatballs

This is a classic and globally loved dish. You can serve your Polpette with a plate of al dente spaghetti, drizzled with a generous helping of marinara sauce. Garnish with fresh basil and grated Parmesan cheese for an authentic Italian touch.

Meatball Subs

Stuff a crispy Italian roll with a few Polpette and top with marinara sauce and melted mozzarella or provolone cheese for a hearty sandwich.

Polenta and Meatballs

Serve your meatballs over creamy, buttery polenta. The hearty grains complement the tender meatballs and any accompanying sauce beautifully.

Meatball Pizza

Consider using the Polpette as a topping on a homemade pizza. Pair it with other classic Italian toppings like mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and perhaps some spicy pepperoni.

Meatball Salad

Toss a few warm Polpette into a salad of mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives.

Italian Meatball Soup

Simmer the meatballs in a vegetable or chicken broth with cannellini beans, pasta, and a medley of vegetables for a comforting soup.

Meatball Appetizer

Serve the Polpette on their own, drizzled with a little marinara or pesto sauce and stuck with toothpicks as an appetizer. You could also offer a trio of dipping sauces – like a spicy tomato sauce, creamy alfredo, and a tangy balsamic glaze.

Meatball and Vegetable Skewers

Skewer grilled veggies such as bell peppers, zucchinis, onions, and tomatoes with your Polpette for a colorful and tasty kebab option.

Meatball Risotto

Fold your Polpette into a creamy, savory risotto. The flavors of the meatballs will infuse into the risotto, creating a satisfying, one-pot meal.

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