Recipe courtesy of David Rocco

Polpette Di Peppe

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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3 ounces Italian bread, crust removed

1 cup milk

1 pound ground beef

1 pound ground pork

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup pine nuts

Bunch fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped

4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 cup red wine

4 cups tomato puree


  1. Soak the bread in the milk for a few minutes, and remove excess milk by squeezing the bread with your hands. Break up the bread into small pieces and add to a mixing bowl with the ground pork, ground beef, raisins, pine nuts, parsley, basil, Parmigiano cheese, and salt and pepper.
  2. Add the eggs, and mix until the ingredients are evenly distributed. With your hands, shape the meatballs into the size of golf balls.
  3. In a large pot, heat the extra-virgin olive oil and cook the onion until translucent. Add the wine, and tomato puree, and bring it to a boil. Add the uncooked meatballs to the pot and let cook on medium heat until cooked through, about 30 minutes.