Italian-Style Meatloaf

Italian-Style Meatloaf

This twist on the classic meatloaf is a great main dish that can stretch well with accompaniment of sides. It takes its flavor cues from my Homemade Meatballs and then some. I've added some vegetables for fillers and seasoned it with classic Italian seasonings. The binding agents in this are egg and Italian-style bread crumbs and as usual I'll be accompanying it with a variation of my sweet-based marinara sauce. As Mr. Cooking Jar succinctly put it: "It's basically your meatballs, in meatloaf form'.

Italian-Style Meatloaf

This should yield 12 servings which translates to perhaps six servings for my household, what with us being the greedy food beasts we are. Serve with a side of vegetables sauteed in butter and mashed potatoes to bring a well rounded meal to the table.

Italian-Style Meatloaf

  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups dry Parmesan
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Marinara Sauce

  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Over medium high heat, saute onions and garlic until fragrant
  2. Add red pepper, tomato and Italian seasoning, sweating the vegetables until liquid evaporates, about 5 minutes. Set aside
  3. In a separate pan over medium high heat, saute garlic until fragrant then add in tomato sauce. Crumble in the beef bouillon cube and mix well
  4. Season with Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 5 minutes
  5. Combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, 1 cup mozzarella, eggs, 1/2 cup marinara sauce, vegetables, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Form into a loaf using your hands, mixing all the ingredients thoroughly
  6. Coat the top of the loaf with the remaining marinara sauce and spread evenly using the back of a spoon and top with 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F in the middle of the meatloaf. Let it stand for 10 minutes before cutting
  8. Dish and serve hot

Italian-Style Meatloaf


  1. Its so perfectly made, intact and that cheesy brownish layer on top is absolutely stunning. Needless to say, this recipe will be passed to my friends who are big fans of Italian meatloaf.



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I've been cooking for 14 years now since evolving from human-that-can-make-instant-noodles to 'Look Ma! I can cook!' I cannot overstate how much I love food. Some of the recipes you'll find here are from my mother or interpreted recipes from my dining experience. Others are sampled from recipe books and blogs and altered to my tastes, and some are just plain happy accidents in the kitchen.