Ricotta balls in tomato sauce

Ricotta balls in tomato sauce

By 15/12/2016

Things have been getting really hectic with Christmas getting so close now. I am not a big Christmas person but having said that I do love my traditions. This year I made a nativity scene, a Christmas tree and I also bought some new decorations for the house. The children love it so much and like for most children, this is the most exciting time of the year. So let's make it extra special for them.

My sister Laura is here too. At the moment she is working as an au-pair in an English family as she wants to learn English. I started off working as an au pair too... exactly 17 years ago and I cannot believe how time has gone so quickly. I fell in love with England on my first day but I would have never thought I would still be here 17 years later! Life eh?!

For me it is amazing to have a relative so close to me in the UK. My dream of being able to go out for coffee at the weekend with one of my sisters has come true. She will be with us for Christmas and she will be cooking the Christmas dinner with me like the good old days!

These ricotta balls make a nice vegetarian twist to the classic meatballs and they are perfect as a mid-week meal if you want to keep light just before the big feast arrives.

I have cooked them in tomato sauce so I can mop up the juices with some good quality rustic bread.

Enjoy x

  • Prep Time : 30 minutes
  • Cook Time : 12 minutes
  • Yield : 4



In a bowl mix well the ricotta with the egg yolk, the parmesan, salt and pepper, the chopped parsley and 5 tbsp of breadcrumbs.

mixing ingredients

Working with your hands form small balls the size of a walnut. Then roll them into breadcrumbs.

ricotta balls

Chop the onion finely, put it in a pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil and stir fry it until translucent. Add the tomato sauce, a pinch of salt and bring the sauce to the boil. Add the ricotta balls and cook them for 10 minutes over a gentle heat. Stir from time to time, covering the balls with the sauce and add a little bit of water if you find that the sauce is drying out too quickly.

cooking balls in tomato sauce

Serve warm with a drizzle of olive oil.

ricotta balls in tomato sauce

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17 Responses to Ricotta balls in tomato sauce

    • Alida

      Thanks I found them really delicious!

  1. gloria

    These ricotta balls look absolutely delicious!!

    • Alida

      Thank you Gloria

  2. Ulpiano

    Pinned the last photo. It looks so delicious!

    • Alida

      Thank you!

  3. Chiara

    queste le faccio, amo troppo la ricotta !Buon weekend, un abbraccio

  4. La cucina di Molly

    Le polpettine di ricotta sono troppo buone, non le ho mai provate con la salsa di pomodoro! Ottima ricetta, bravissima! Felice week-end!

  5. elisabetta

    Veggies won’t miss out on traditional meatballs if you serve them this dish. This recipe is another keeper. All the very best of luck for Laura in her new job. Having you to help with her English studies is priceless – she’ll soon be fluent!

    • Alida

      Yes being with an English family certainly helps as she cannot speak any Italian there and this is the only way to learn.. with me she only speaks Italian!

  6. Choclette

    It sounds like you’re very happy to have your sister with you this Christmas Alida – how lovely 🙂 I hadn’t realised you’d been an au pair. I went to Switzerland as an au pair when I was 18 and learnt French. It was a wonderful experience.

    Those ricotta balls look super scrumptious. It’s the sort of meal I’d find really hard not to eat too much.

    • Alida

      How interesting! So you must speak good French then. As an au pair you can learn the language very well and the culture of the country too, which is just as important.

  7. Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina

    I will LOVE to prepare these ricotta balls Alida! We are really big on finger foods here in the States, especially around holiday time and for entertaining. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and I sincerely wish you and all of your loved ones a most “Buon Natale!”

    • Alida

      Buon Natale to you too Roz and all the best for the new year!

  8. Diane Sullivan

    These were absolutely amazing. My hubby said, I don’t know what they are and he loved them!

  9. Josie

    I am a Calabrian American.
    My grandmother and aunt made these when I was a child.
    I never had much luck with them, but this recipe looks doable.
    I’ll let you know how it turns out! Thank you.

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