Easy Italian Meatloaf Recipe: A Flavorful Twist on a Classic Dish
In the realm of comfort food, meatloaf stands as a timeless champion—a dish that transcends generations, offering warmth and familiarity in each savory bite. But what if we could elevate this classic comfort to new heights? Enter the realm of Italian inspiration, where fragrant herbs and zesty flavors converge to create a culinary masterpiece.
Our Easy Made Italian Meatloaf isn’t just a recipe; it’s a celebration of culinary harmony. Picture a dish where the richness of well-seasoned ground beef meets the aromatic dance of oregano, basil, and garlic. As the oven works its magic, the amalgamation of these ingredients transforms into a symphony of flavors, filling your kitchen with anticipation and your taste buds with sheer delight.
This recipe doesn’t demand culinary prowess—its brilliance lies in its simplicity. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, you’ll find solace in the ease with which this Italian Meatloaf comes together. As the scent wafts through your kitchen, you’ll know you’re about to experience a feast for the senses.
So, gather your ingredients, preheat that oven, and let’s delve into the art of crafting an Easy Made Italian Meatloaf that transcends the ordinary. It’s not just a meal; it’s an invitation to savor the fusion of comfort and culinary innovation. Get ready to create memories around the dinner table as this Italian-inspired masterpiece takes center stage in your culinary repertoire.
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground mild Italian sausage
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 C. chopped bell pepper (I used orange, it was all I had in the freezer)
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. parsley
1 egg, beaten
3/4 C. Italian bread crumbs
2 slices white bread, crumbled
1 T. milk
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese, reserve 3/4 C. for topping
1/4 C. parmesan cheese
1 C. marinara sauce, plus 1/2 -3/4 C. more for topping
In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over med. high heat and sauté the onion and bell pepper for 3-4 minutes, remove from heat. In a large bowl, add the meats, onion and peppers along with all remaining ingredients reserving 3/4 C. mozzarella cheese for topping.
Now, dive in there with the best tools God gave you, your hands and combine everything really good. Once it has all come together, place and mold the mixture in a baking dish of your choice. I used my oval Portuguese stoneware for ours. Spoon 1/2 to 3/4 C. of the marinara sauce on top and spread around.
Place in a 400 degree oven for 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the remaining cheese and sprinkle a little dry basil over the top. Return to the oven for 10 more minutes. Make sure the meat is not pink before serving, baking time will vary depending on the thickness of your loaf. Mine was about 2″ thick
a. Use lean ground beef for a healthier option without compromising flavor.
b. Experiment with different Italian cheeses like mozzarella or fontina for added richness.
c. Allow the meatloaf to rest for a few minutes before slicing to retain its juices.
*Note: Nutrition facts may vary based on specific ingredient brands and variations.
Serving Size: 1 slice
This Easy Italian Meatloaf is a surefire way to bring the taste of Italy to your dinner table with minimal effort. The combination of savory Parmesan, aromatic herbs, and a rich marinara sauce creates a mouthwatering experience for your senses. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice in the kitchen, this recipe is a winner. Enjoy the warmth of Italian flavors in every bite, and make this meatloaf a staple in your family’s meal rotation. Buon Appetito!
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