Italian-Style Meat Loaf

  • fldiner Posted: 03/03/09
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    I'm usually not a huge meatloaf fan. Neither is my husband. This recipe changed our minds. The only change I made was that I had a fire-roasted tomato spaghetti sauce, instead of the tomato basil that was recommended. Everything else was done exactly as written and this was a delicious meatloaf. It was moist and had a lot of flavor. My husband usually won't eat leftovers, but he decided to take leftovers to work for lunch. That's how I know it was a bit hit with him. This will be my go-to meatloaf recipe when I have ground sirloin on hand.

  • bellymama Posted: 04/10/09
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    This was good, but we still like the Italian meat loaf with fresh basil and provolone better. We are just a family of 3 so I made the meat loaf in a muffin tin and froze half the "muffins" (after cooking). We actually liked the frozen reheated meat loaf better! I served it with mashed potatoes and roasted carrots.

  • carolfitz Posted: 02/28/11
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    Excellent Sunday dinner. Made to recipe using fresh herbs instead of dried. Also precooked the onions in a bit of beef broth. Tender, flavorful, not crumbly. Served with CL's crispy-topped brussels sprouts. Very good.

  • mistifi Posted: 01/25/09
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    I made this for a "meatloaf party" but changed a lot of things. I excluded the basil leaves; added 1/2 cup coarsely chopped mushrooms, 2 chopped cloves garlic, a pinch of rosemary leaves. Also, for the sauce on top, I added 1 1/2 tbsp of sugar to the 1/2c tomato sauce. Formed the meat into the "Diner Meatloaf Muffin" format and baked for only 25 minutes and broiled for 3 more. Served with Garlic and Herb mashed potatoes. This was actually relatively easy to make, but in the future, I'd use a much leaner meat (I used 80%). Still got rave reviews from my meat-loving friends.

  • Chopalua Posted: 09/14/09
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    Overview:updated tasty version to the 1950's style meatloaf. Extremely moist. Modifications: Added a jalapeno and one yoke to the two egg whites. Added some Worchestire sauce and a dash of ketchup to the tomato sauce coating. Did not use ketchup in meat mix. Future adjustments: cut onions into very fine pieces. Add 15 min to cooking time. Might add shredded zucchini to boast nutrition factor. Husband feedback: "This recipe is a keeper."

  • jsmoniz Posted: 01/07/09
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    Delicious! This was actually the first meatloaf I ever made for my family and everyone LOVED it!! Even my very picky step-children. The entire loaf was gone! Thanks!

  • PKOgden Posted: 01/09/09
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    My family loved this! I substituted ground turkey instead of beef and baked it in a muffin tin. Next time I'll use foil baking cups as the meatloaf was difficult to remove from the tin even with non-stick spray. They were delicious though so these are going into our "monthly rotation."

  • carlybarley7 Posted: 04/05/09
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    Great recipe. Tastes pretty much like any meatloaf, but definitely moist and flavorful. I used a pound of beef and half a pound of turkey because I didn't have enough beef. I also don't buy basil spaghetti sauce so I used the parmesan garlic kind that I had and put a little extra basil and oregano for the spice flavor. I didn't feel it needed any ketchup on top when served like most meatloafs but my family did still use ketchup. Served with mashed potatoes and salad.

  • ViennaVAfoodie Posted: 07/28/09
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    My entire childhood I hated meatloaf. I knew that my fiance liked it and I decided to give it another try. This was absolutely FANTASTIC! I am now a meatloaf convert! So easy to throw together and the leftovers taste great (you may want to add more sauce).

  • Charlotte59 Posted: 03/19/09
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    I knew this would be good because of all the positive reviews, but it was REALLY good! But wait, the leftovers were even better. I cut in thick slices and placed them on a cookie sheet in 375 oven for 10-15 minutes. The last minutes I topped each slice w/ heated Tomato Basil Pasta sauce (leftover from the meatloaf) and topped with a bit of Parmesan. WOW!

  • dooley39 Posted: 06/09/09
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    This recipe was absoulutely delicious - my son even loved it

  • punky99 Posted: 01/11/10
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    OMG...this is my new meatloaf recipe and dear husband said it is a keeper. Please try you won't be sorry. I will be making this again.I served oven roasted sweet potatoes and onion recipe from here.

  • PamelaLynn Posted: 01/31/10
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    I love meatloat but my husband is not that fond of it. I made this meatloaf last night and he loved it! The only thing I did not have was the pasta sauce so I used canned tomato sauce and mixed pesto in it. This recipe is a keeper!

  • donnaw239 Posted: 02/06/10
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    This is a keeper! I used Classico tomato and basil sauce and 96% lean ground beef. I mixed the remaining sauce with brown sugar and spread on top. I topped it with 2 pieces of uncooked bacon. After the loaf was done, I discarded the cooked bacon. Truly delicious!

  • kyleMc Posted: 05/15/10
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    Super easy and tasted great! Leftovers were awesome too.

  • Castilhe Posted: 03/16/10
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    This had incredible flavor and was pretty easy to make. I've never enjoyed meatloaf that much, but I would definitely make this again.

  • happyjackeats Posted: 11/20/10
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    This is my go-to meatloaf recipe. I make it about once a month. Also freezes well.

  • KylahF Posted: 07/29/10
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    The recipe is nothing short of amazing! I used 1 pd ground beef and 1/2 pd ground turkey breast to lighten it up and you could not tell the difference! This took me only 15 minutes to chop ingredients and put together. My husband loved it and thought I was the best cook ever! You will not be dissapointed, the tomato sauce makes it so moist and flavorful.

  • MaryJJ Posted: 06/01/10
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    The best meatloaf I've ever had! The smell from it cooking was amazing and the taste was great. We will be making this on a regular basis in our house. I added parmesan cheese to the top but would wait until near the end of baking next time.

  • foxegurl266 Posted: 11/30/10
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    Replacing my old meatloaf recipe. This was so good. Moist, flavorful, easy to make, and everyone liked.

  • AcidicLemons Posted: 07/30/10
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    Absolutely wonderful.~ I made it for my family tonight, & they loved it! The flavor was so nice. The only thing I left out was the parsley, but that was because no local stores had any in stock! Strange. But 5 stars. It's easy to make, just stir it all together & cook. :D

  • MandaKate Posted: 02/14/11
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    Terrific recipe. My husband and I really enjoyed it. The only change I made was to add 1/2 of a green pepper. It added nice flavor to the meat loaf. I think this is our new favorite meat loaf recipe.

  • BrittanySue Posted: 08/22/10
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    Pasta sauce is a great addition to this meatloaf. I left out the parmesean since I don't eat cheese, but still very good. I like to add shredded carrots and finely diced celery since that's how we ate it when I was a kid.

  • Lynsey831 Posted: 02/11/11
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    I NEVER have luck with meatloaf, but did with this recipe. ive made it several times, and enjoyed. it isnt traditional for meatloaf obviously, but very good.

  • Barb13 Posted: 12/12/10
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    Tasted like a giant meatball. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but not the taste I was looking for in a meatloaf. But on the positive side, the texture was excellent and it sliced beautifully - not crumbly like some recipes I've tried. I think it would make great meatloaf sandwiches.

  • gitapet Posted: 11/07/10
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    It was equally enjoyed by my husband and me and my way too picky kids. I made it exactly as the recipe instructs. It took some time to put together but that was because I had to grate the cheese etc. I will be making this often. I'm happy to find a recipe I like which is all beef instead of a mix of beef/pork as I've got a freezer full of ground beef from a local farmer.

  • miatamommy Posted: 02/20/11
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    This is my go-to meatloaf. So forgiving and easy, turns out great each time. I use ground turkey and make mini-muffins, they freeze great and shave off some of the cooking time.

  • DimplesMcGee77 Posted: 01/15/11
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    Made this for my husband - 1st time ever making meatloaf for him. We absolutely loved it! More importantly - he loved it and I will be making it again. Thanks! :)

  • Debbies32 Posted: 02/04/11
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    I don't know why everyone thought this was so good. I made it last night and it was horrible. Wasted food

  • Katie34 Posted: 06/09/11
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    Based on the other reviews I figured this would be pretty good. But I was delighted at how easy it was to make. I had a ton of ground beef leftover and didn't want to freeze it so I figured I would throw this together in the evening and have it for lunches the rest of the week. It took about 5 minutes to get everything measured out and put together. Of course, I completely overlooked the onions and was worried that the whole thing would be tasteless without them. But it worked out fine and I couldn't even tell that they were missing. Even my toddler loves it.

  • Aggy48 Posted: 07/29/11
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    Excellent recipe that allows for other additions. Very moist.

  • GayleR Posted: 08/05/11
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    I liked this but found it a little salty. But my family raved about it.

  • heather1023 Posted: 08/25/11
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    I make this meatlaof all the time! It is so moist and delicious! My picky husband loves it. I have made it for many dinners with friends and they have all loved it. The fresh parsley really adds alot of flavor and color. I have made it with dried parsley when thats all I had and its not the same. Five stars!

  • lilmezzo1 Posted: 08/31/11
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    Made it with ground sirloin...amazing for a healthy dish!

  • EllenDeller Posted: 09/17/11
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    This is an excellent meatloaf, juicy but firm enough for slicing. I had lots of fresh basil and oregano from my garden, so I used a plain canned tomato sauce and chopped a good 1/4 cup of basil and about 1/8 cup fresh oregano. Oddly, this recipe doesn't ask you to saute the aromatics, but I did (always better that way) and added celery, garlic, and green pepper to the onion to make about 2/3 cup of vegetables. Served with mashed potatoes and steamed kale. Leftovers make an excellent sandwich.

  • Lp2you Posted: 09/25/11
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    One word-YUM!

  • mletort Posted: 03/06/12
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    This will be a keeper for sure!

  • acopeland Posted: 01/02/13
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    Great meatloaf recipe - the go-to one that I use when I do make meatloaf. Tasty enough for a toddler - and relatively easy for a meatloaf. I do some tweaks though - I use 1 lb ground beef, 1/2 lb ground pork. I also throw in one large mushroom that I dice finely, as well as a 1/2 of a red bell pepper (I am trying to get some veggies to my toddler!) And if I don't have parsley, I have substituted cilantro for it. But other than that, it's a really good recipe for meatloaf nights.

  • Cookingnskiing Posted: 04/21/12
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    Good but took 1.85 hours.

  • CarrieLMB Posted: 11/10/13
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    Very nice! Used Rich's Sweet Heat BBQ Sauce (1/2cup in, 1/4 cup on), 1 cup onion), 1 tbsp parsley paste, 1/2 cup 2% sharp cheddar, and 95% beef. 6 WW Pts per 4 oz.

  • fuzzycat Posted: 06/30/13
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    Really great recipe and toddler-approved. I added a diced zucchini and two cloves of garlic instead of the garlic powder. Might try with a leaner meat next time.

  • yankees35 Posted: 07/27/14
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    Perfect tasting meatloaf rather then cut 2 slices I cut one big one it made cutting the meatloaf easier

  • Heidelind1 Posted: 03/28/14
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    This is now my official meatloaf recipe. My copycat Boston Market recipe and my Cooks Illustrated one have both retired.

  • smd1212 Posted: 02/19/14
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    This is a great recipe, and we switch between this and the Asian Meatloaves in our rotation. I used to make these in a muffin tin when my son was younger to make them more appealing, but this time decided to try as mini-loaves like the Asian recipe (5x2-1/2). I used 1 pound ground sirloin, a single mild Italian turkey sausage (less than 1/4 pound), dried minced onion and dried parsley but otherwise followed the recipe as is and got 5 loaves. I baked these at 350 for 40 minutes, and they were almost dry, so next time I'd check the temp at 35 minutes. I served with roasted red potatoes (tossed with parmigiana, rosemary, thyme, cracked pepper and kosher salt) and a green salad.

  • sandmut Posted: 09/08/13
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    This is the best meatloaf we've ever had. Super easy to make too! I followed the directions exactly. I can't wait for lunch tomorrow to have it again!

  • christineschott Posted: 08/25/13
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    I do this one with ground turkey instead of ground beef but it still tastes great to me! I often combine everything but the egg and breadcrumbs the night before to let the flavors mix a bit. Very good recipe!

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