Italian Meatloaf

Homemade Italian Meatloaf

Meatloaf can conjure up some pretty strong feelings. Some loathe it. Some love it.

I’m of the latter. I am constantly dreaming up new versions, sometimes they work out and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes when they don’t work I make them over and over trying to get it right. And sometimes they still don’t work.

Thankfully, this one works! Moist, juicy and so tender it melts in your mouth. It may just be my new favorite of all-time.

Packed full of flavor beginning with sauteed aromatic vegetables including onion, garlic, fire roasted red peppers and fresh tomatoes followed by tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, and Italian seasoned bread crumbs. All of these flavors are tied together with an Italian seasoning blend that includes basil, rosemary, oregano and thyme.

I see many meatloaf recipes calling for the meat to be cooked in loaf pans. I can’t help but wonder who was the genius to come up with this idea?

First issue: where does all the grease go? Back in the meatloaf to make it soggy and greasy?! No thank-you.

Second issue: it doesn’t allow the outside to get browned. The absolute best part of eating meatloaf for me is that outer, browned crusty part. I lust after the end pieces!

No wonder there are so many meat loaf haters in the world.

Italian Meatloaf

I always cook my meatloaf in a large roasting pan so the grease can easily drain off, just the way my Mom did does. I never had a meatloaf turn out dry. The worst culprit is overcooking or using a cut of beef with no fat in it. I recommend an 85% ground beef or ground sirloin. You can also use ground turkey if you prefer.

Italian Meatloaf

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 5 servings

Italian Meatloaf

A tender and delicious Italian-seasoned meatloaf with mozzarella and tomato sauce.


1 yellow onion, diced
1 fire roasted red pepper, diced
olive oil, for sauteing
5 cloves garlic
1 vine-ripened tomato, diced
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
1 egg
3/4 cup tomato sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 + 1/4 pounds ground beef or turkey
1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
1 + 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded


  1. Heat a skillet with enough oil to cover bottom of pan over medium-low heat, add onion and pepper, saute until tender. Add garlic, saute until fragrant; add tomato and Italian seasoning, saute 3-4 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl whisk together egg, 1/3 cup tomato sauce and Worcestershire. Add ground meat, bread crumbs, black pepper, Parmesan and sauteed vegetables. Combine with a fork; mix in 1 cup of mozzarella.
  3. In a large, greased roasting pan form the meat into a loaf. Spread the remaining 1/2 cup sauce over top and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella. Bake about 45 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle. Let set five minutes before serving.


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  1. Junglefrog says

    I am in the pro camp when it comes to meatloaf but then again I have never made one in a loaftin either…lol… Didn't even know they existed.. Haha… This looks delicious!

  2. Debbi Does Dinner He says

    I am one who loves meatloaf. I actually bought a ton of ground turkey the other week and made 3 different kinds and stuck them in the freezer. I love to put oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs. It tends to hold together better. This looks great!

  3. Michael Toa says

    I can't imagine why some hate meatloaf. I love meatloaf. yum. Yours looks utterly delicious.

  4. Pegasuslegend says

    My son would love this I never make it because my hubby hates it… but my son is a huge meatloaf fan… will have to send him this recipe… thanks!

  5. Federica says

    I love anything in form of meatballs. Your dishis wonderful dear, very appetizing and tasty. Bye have a good day

  6. Steph@PlainChicken.c says

    I am not a meatloaf fan, but this looks wonderful. I would tell myself that this is a giant meatball and then I would be able to eat it! Looks great!

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