Italian Meat Loaf
Editor's Note: If you've always felt that meat loaf is flavorless and bland, then try something different with this recipe for Italian Meat Loaf! This easy recipe uses ground beef, Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, and an assortment of herbs. The crowning touch is the sliced mozzarella placed on top and even within the meat loaf. The result is a dinner recipe that will quickly become a favorite in your family. You'll also love that this weeknight dinner recipe takes about one hour to bake, so you can easily multi-task while you wait. Serve this delightful meat loaf with a fresh green salad for dinner, and you're ready to eat!
A meat loaf is a wonderful palette for any of your favorite flavors. Hot or cold, this one is certain to be a crowd pleaser.
Serves8 to 10 portions
One Pot MealYes
OccasionBuffet, Buffet Meal, Card Night, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get Together
Recipe CourseMain Course
Taste and TextureHerby, Meaty, Savory
- 2 pounds ground beef chuck
- 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
- 1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups fresh bread crumbs
- 1 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 2 tablespoons Italian seasonings
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- ½ cup tomato juice
- ½ cup dry red wine
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil), drained
- 1 pound smoked mozzarella, thinly sliced
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine the ground beef, sausage, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, parsley, Italian seasonings, and salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Add the eggs, tomato juice, and wine and mix thoroughly.
Lay out 1 large sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper. Spread the meat loaf mixture out in a 15 × 12-inch rectangle on the waxed paper. Arrange the basil leaves over the surface. Scatter the sun-dried tomatoes over the basil and arrange three-fourths of the smoked mozzarella on top.
Using the waxed paper as an aid and starting from one short side, roll up the meat like a jelly roll. Peel back the paper as you roll. Place seam side down on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
Bake 1 hour. Place the remaining smoked mozzarella over the top of the loaf and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 10 minutes more. Serve the meat loaf hot with fresh tomato sauce, or refrigerate the meat loaf until cold and cut into thin slices like a pate.
1984, 1985 Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins