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Ricotta Polpettine (Cheese balls)



4 portion(s)

Cheese balls

  • 100 g Firm Cheese, (like Parmesa), cubed
  • 1 leek, roughly chopped
  • 100 g semolina
  • 500 g ricotta cheese
  • 150 g bread crumbs
  • 2 Eggs.
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 l water


  • 100 g ricotta cheese
  • 1 spring onions, chopped
  • 20 g Butter
  • 20 g olive oil
  • half tablespoon cardamom powder

Recipe's preparation

    Cheese Balls

    Place Parmesan, semolina and leek in TM and chop 20 seconds, slowly increasing the speed to speed 9.

    Scrape down and add ricotta, bread crumbs, eggs, cardamom, salt and pepper and mix for about 1 minute, speed 4, helping with the spatula.

    Shape the mixture into small balls, 4 to 5 cm in diameter (let’s say as big as a walnut) and place them in the Varoma dish and in tray, slightly greased. Pay attention that the balls don’t touch each other.  

    Add water into the TM (you don’t need to wash it!) and place the Varoma into position. Steam 20 minutes/Varoma/Speed 3.

  2. Sauce

    Once cooked, place the cheese balls into the Thermo Server.

    Discard the water into the TM and add the onion spring. Chop 7 seconds, speed 7 and scrap down. Add oil and butter and sauté 2 minutes, speed 2, 100 °C

    Add ricotta and cardamom and warm up 3 minutes, speed soft, reverse, 90 °C.

    Cover the cheese balls with the sauce and serve immediately.


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I like this “exotic adaptation” of polpettine. If you prefer a more traditional version, you should substitute the leek with parsley and the cardamom with nutmeg. Serve with tomato (pasta) sauce (from Everyday cooking…for every family! book) and sprinkle with grated Pecorino Cheese.



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