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Italian Meatloaf Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Cathy Smith

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
1/2 lb ground mild Italian sausage
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
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 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 slices white bread, crumbled
1 Tbsp milk
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese, reserve 3/4 cup for topping
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1 cup marinara sauce, plus 3/4 cup more for topping

Directions:
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 F.

In a small skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat and saute' onion and bell pepper for 3-4 minutes, remove from heat. In a large bowl, add the meats, onion and pepper mixture and all remaining ingredients reserving 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese for topping. Mix all together with your hands. Place mound in greased baking dish and mold to meatloaf shape. Spoon 3/4 cup marinara sauce on top and spread around. Place in oven and bake for 50 minutes. Remove and top with remaining cheese and sprinkle a little dry basil over the top. Return to oven for 10 more minutes making sure meat is not pink before serving. Internal temperature should be 160.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
6-8
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
1 hour 15 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This is delicious and my favorite meatloaf! I serve with a side salad or Caesar salad and garlic bread! I have made a lower carb version of this as well, substituting bread crumbs with ground pork rinds and using Rao's homemade tomato basil sauce which only has 4 net grams of carbs per serving. There are low carb breads you can also buy to substitute regular bread.

 

 

 

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