Polpettone di tonno – Easy tuna loaf

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


  • potatoes – 550 g – 4 medium potatoes
  • canned tuna in oil – 250 g – 1 + 1/8 cup
  • egg – 1
  • grated cheese – 3 tbsp
  • mixed olives (green and black) – 100 g – just over 1/2 cup
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • breadcrumbs – 3 tbsp
  • dill or parsley chopped – 1 tbsp


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.

Italian tuna loaf with olives

18 thoughts on “Polpettone di tonno – Easy tuna loaf

  1. 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.


  2. 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.


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