Italian Meat & Fish Recipes

Meatballs Cacciatora-Style (POLPETTE ALLA CACCIATORA)

The meatballs alla cacciatora are a tasty second course, inspired by the recipe of hare alla cacciatora.

They are prepared in just 40 minutes with red wine and a delicious tomato sauce flavored with rosemary, in which to dip the toasted bread.

They are so good that one pulls the other: we suggest you try them as an alternative to the classic meatballs with sauce, if you love rustic and aromatic flavors.






For the meatballs:

  • 17 oz of  minced veal or chicken
  • 100 gr bread (3.53 oz) softened in 50 ml of milk and well squeezed
  • 1 egg
  • 100 gr (3.53 oz) of chopped mortadella
  • 1 cup of  Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • nutmeg to taste

For the sauce:

  • 1 whole and crushed garlic clove
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • olive oil
  • 1 full glass of white wine
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (or white vinegar)
  • salt and pepper



Mix with your hands all the ingredients to make the meatballs in order to have a homogeneous mixture or where you do not recognize the bread and put to rest in the fridge.

Make meatballs as big as a walnut or use the portioner to make ice cream balls in order to have uniform meatballs.

Take a tall saucepan or frying pan and put the olive oil to cover the bottom and add the garlic and rosemary and a pinch of pepper to flavor.

Brown the meatballs well on all sides and then deglaze with white wine.

Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, at the end add the lemon juice or vinegar, pepper and salt.

Serve on plates sprinkling the meatballs with the sauce.


You can make this fresh tomato sauce and dip  these delicious meatballs:

Nonna’s Italian Fresh Tomato Sauce (Salsa di Pomodoro Fresco)




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  • Reply
    Suzanne Blais
    November 7, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    I do not see any tomato in the recipe. Is that a mistake ? Thank you !

    • Reply
      Eatalian Recipes
      November 7, 2021 at 9:31 pm

      Hi Suzanne, see now the recipe.
      You can dip meatballs cacciatora in fresh tomato sauce.
      I add the recipe.

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