Meat Loaf Bolognese

Meat Loaf Bolognese Recipe
Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
This dish contains many of the flavors of sauce Bolognese, the classic Italian ragù of pancetta, a mixture of ground meats, and aromatic ingredients stewed together. Round out the meal with polenta. Garnish with chopped fresh rosemary, if desired.


Serves 6 (serving size: 1 slice meat loaf and about 2 tablespoons sauce)
Total time: 1 Hours

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 55 Minutes
Total: 1 Hours

Nutritional Information

Calories 251
Fat 13.2 g
Satfat 5.9 g
Monofat 4 g
Polyfat 0.8 g
Protein 20 g
Carbohydrate 10.5 g
Fiber 0.8 g
Cholesterol 100 mg
Iron 1.6 mg
Sodium 597 mg
Calcium 47 mg


Meat loaf:
1 ounce French bread, torn
Cooking spray
2 ounces pancetta, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup fruity red wine
1/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/3 pound ground sirloin
1/3 pound lean ground pork
1/3 pound ground veal
Mushroom sauce:
1 tablespoon butter
4 ounces finely chopped cremini mushrooms
2 tablespoons minced shallots
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 cup fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons half-and-half
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Dash of salt


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 3/4 cup. Arrange breadcrumbs on a baking sheet; bake at 350° for 8 minutes.

3. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pancetta; sauté for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup shallots and carrot; sauté 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute. Add wine; cook 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Remove pan from heat; cool 5 minutes. Combine the breadcrumbs, pancetta mixture, milk, and next 6 ingredients (through veal) in a large bowl; gently mix until just combined.

4. Transfer mixture to a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray; do not pack. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°. Let stand 10 minutes; cut into 6 slices.

5. To prepare sauce, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cremini mushrooms and 2 tablespoons shallots; sauté for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add flour, and cook for 1 minute. Add 1 cup beef broth; cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in half-and-half, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and dash of salt. Cook for 30 seconds. Serve with meat loaf.

Mary Drennen,

Cooking Light

March 2012
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