Have you already thought about what to prepare for Easter lunch? Do you have any family recipes that you prepare on this occasion? For Easter lunch at our house, the first course is the ever-present Anolini in meat stock, but we are always on the lookout for a new meat main course that everyone will agree on. So here’s an extra idea that you can cook with me as we watch the video recipe: White meat loaf.

This white meat loaf is very simple and can also be prepared the night before, then cooked at the last minute. The presence of hard-boiled eggs (symbol of new life) makes it nutritionally rich and beautiful to serve on the table with its lively colours.

If you are still looking for ideas for the Easter lunch menu, this meat main course could be a nice solution: naturally gluten-free and without carbohydrates. Happy Easter!

White meat loaf

negligible carbohydrates per 100g


  • 600g ground turkey and chicken meat
  • 250g fresh or frozen spinach
  • 90g Speck slices*
  • 50g Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 4 eggs
  • Pecorino cheese, grated
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)


  1. Cook the fresh or frozen spinach in a non-stick pan with a little oil; season with salt and leave to cool.
  2. Hard-boil 3 eggs by placing them in boiling water. Let boil for 8 minutes. Once cooked and cooled, shell them.
  3. Place the ground meat in a bowl, add a pinch of salt, grated Parmesan cheese and 1 egg. Mix to obtain a homogeneous mixture.
  4. Roll out a sheet of baking paper, grease it with a little oil and lay the minced meat on it; with the help of a sheet of cling film and a rolling pin, form a rectangle of about 35x25cm.
  5. Form a layer of bacon on top, cover with spinach, season with grated Pecorino cheese, then place the 3 hard-boiled eggs in the centre of the rectangle. Roll it up into a cylinder and seal it tightly at the ends. Wrap the cylinder in the baking paper.
  6. Heat the convection oven to 200°C and bake the meatloaf for 25 minutes, then remove it and brown it quickly in a non-stick frying pan with a little oil. Cut into slices and serve.

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White Meatloaf ready to taste

Version with gluten of White meat loaf

This recipe contains only naturally gluten-free ingredients, so no adaptations are necessary.

Today’s dish is a main course that pleases all palates, young and old alike, but it also a great way to get children to eat the much-hated vegetables.

We are talking about a tasty and flavoursome Tricolour meatloaf, which has all the characteristics to become part of your weekly menu at home.

Also try preparing Vegetable and tuna flan to win over your children!

Tricolour meatloaf

5.11g carbohydrates per 100g


  • 600g lean minced beef
  • 170g Scamorza cheese
  • 150g cooked spinach or chard (500g fresh)
  • 90g Speck in slices*
  • 50g Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 50g breadcrumbs**
  • 30g extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • salt to taste

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)


  1. Clean the Swiss chard and sauté it in a non-stick pan with a little oil until softened. Then squeeze it slightly, if necessary, to remove excess water before setting it aside.

Polpettone Tricolore_unochefpergaia

  1. Mix the minced meat with the egg and grated Parmesan cheese; add salt to taste. With the help of a rolling pin, roll out the meat on a sheet of baking paper, forming a rectangle. Lay the slices of Speck so that they cover the meat and then proceed with the cheese and Swiss chard.

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Polpettoe Tricolore senza glutine

  1. Roll up the rectangle with the help of parchment paper, close the ends, brush the surface with a little oil and dust it with breadcrumbs so that a thin, tasty crust forms once it is cooked.

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4. Finally, close the parchment paper like a candy and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 30-40 minutes.

IMG_5174_Foto Lorenzo Moreni

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Version with gluten of Tricolour meatloaf

Replace the gluten-free breadcrumbs with standard breadcrumbs; no other adaptation is needed.