Italian Meatloaf With Parmesan Cheese

  • PrepTime: 15 Mins
  • CookTime: 1 Hrs 20 Mins
  • TotalTime: 1 Hrs 35 Mins

Ingredient

  1. 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil
  2. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  3. 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  4. Dash of dried rubbed sage
  5. 1 pound lean ground beef
  6. 1 pound ground pork
  7. 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce (divided)
  8. 3/4 cup seasoned fine bread crumbs
  9. 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (grated, plus 2 to 4 tablespoons for topping)
  10. 2 large eggs (beaten)
  11. 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  12. 2 tablespoons dried minced onion (or about 1/3 cup finely chopped onion)
  13. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  14. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instruction

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Heat oven to 350 F.
  3. Combine 1/2 teaspoon each dried leaf basil, oregano, and marjoram, and a dash of dried rubbed sage for the Italian seasoning.
  4. Combine the ground meats, about half of the tomato sauce, the bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, eggs, garlic, onion, salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir or mix until blended.
  5. Pack into a lightly oiled loaf pan.
  6. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  7. Carefully pour off the excess accumulated fat, and spread the remaining tomato sauce over the loaf; sprinkle with a few tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese.
  8. Continue baking for 10 to 15 minutes longer.
  9. Turn out of the pan, slice, and serve.

Note

  1. To keep the meatloaf from baking in the drippings, use a meatloaf pan with a rack insert. 
  2. Don't over-mix the meatloaf mixture. Use your hands or put all of the ingredients in a large food storage bag to mix.
  3. Replace the ground pork with mild Italian sausage without casings or use partly ground veal in the loaf.
  4. Overlap 3 or 4 mozzarella cheese slices over the final topping of tomato sauce, and then bake the meatloaf for 10 to 15 minutes longer.
  5. Use soft bread crumbs instead of fine bread crumbs for a moister meatloaf. 
  6. Substitute some grated carrot or potato for part of the ground meat. It's a good way to hide vegetables from the kids, and the loaf will be slightly lower in calories.