Polpettone di tonno – Easy tuna loaf

Polpettone di tonno – Easy tuna loaf

By 20/08/2018

Polpettone or meatloaf is one of those classic Italian dishes suitable for any day of the week. The most popular one is made with meat but during summertime a lighter version can be made using tuna instead.

This fuss-free dish makes a great and tasty meal which can be prepared in advance. You can also take your polpettone to work in your pack lunch or have it cold for a picnic.

You need to cook and mash the potatoes and then just add the rest of your ingredients; shape everything into a loaf and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Just so easy!

Now that I know how good this is I will be taking it to work in my pack lunch and have it with a green salad. Another recipe perfect for "takeaways". 🙂

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 1h 05 min
  • Yield : 4



Peel the potatoes, place them in a pan and cover them with cold water. Bring them to the boil and cook them for 30 minutes until soft then drain them.

Mash the potatoes and put them in a bowl. Add the egg, the cheese, the chopped olives, the tuna (drained from the oil), parsley, salt and pepper and using your hands combine them well.

Tuna loaf with olives_

Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Brush it with oil and put the potato and tuna mixture on it. Using your hands shape the mixture into a loaf. Drizzle it with olive oil and sprinkle it with breadcrumbs.

Tuna loaf with olives

Wrap it up and seal it with the parchment paper;

wrapping up tuna loaf for cooking_

Bake it at 200C or 390F for 35 minutes.

Let it cool down and then slice it. Serve lukewarm or at room temperature.

Tuna loaf with olives - polpettone di tonno

Tuna loaf with olives - polpettone di tonno

Italian tuna loaf with olives - Polpettone di tonno

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18 Responses to Polpettone di tonno – Easy tuna loaf

  1. Gloria Roa Baker

    love this recipe, wonderful and delicious !!!baci!
    I will print!

    • Alida

      Grazie carissima!

  2. Jeff the Chef

    How interesting. I’ve never had a tuna dish like this.

    • Alida

      This is a dish I make quite often. One of my favourites packed lunches.

  3. angiesrecipes

    I have never seen or had anything like this…it looks incredibly delicious with tuna and olives.

    • Alida

      Yes the combination works well although some people prefer it also without olives.

  4. Gloria Roa Baker

    This sounds and looks amazing Alida! I love tuna and my mama mad a sald with tuna and potatoes. Im boiled potatoes right now.
    Grazie cara!

  5. elisabetta

    Mmm, delicious. Love the idea of olives in the mixture. Wrapping the polpettone in baking parchment is very interesting and such a good idea. Having a lovely summer, highlight being my holiday of course 🙂 Grazie Alida.

    • Alida

      Ma prego cara. Some people boil the polpettone in water. My mum used to do that too.

  6. All That I'm Eating

    This sounds like a great idea Alida and you’ve made it sound so easy too, I will have to give this a try.

    • Alida

      It is very easy, a polpettone is a classic one.

  7. Ron

    I was one of those strange kids who looked forward to Friday’s tuna patties, so your tuna loaf is going to be made here very soon. I never would have thought to put olives in a tuna loaf. Can’t wait to taste it.

    • Alida

      Wonderful, I hope you enjoy it!

  8. 2pots2cook

    We are huge meat loaf fans ! This one is something I really have to make : so pleasant and refreshing idea ! Thank you !

    • Alida

      You won’t be disappointed!

  9. speedy70

    Mi piace molto, perfetto per questa stagione!!!

    • Alida

      Grazie cara e buona serata

  10. Gloria Roa Baker

    this is one of our favorites now, the twins love it! grazie

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