While writing this book, I had a sudden craving for farro and mushrooms. I had just experienced success with the Chicken-Pecan Meatballs recipe, so I wanted to create another texturally similar dish. And that "NeutralQue" needed another use, and--oh, cool--a mostarda-like direction would work perfectly with a farro and mushroom meat loaf. And that's how a food craving became a recipe.

Keith Schroeder
Recipe by Oxmoor House October 2014


Credit: Oxmoor House

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30 mins
1 hr 50 mins
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 slice)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 425°.


  • Combine the first 6 ingredients (through mustard) in a small saucepan.

  • Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat; reduce the heat to low and simmer 20 minutes.

  • Now increase the heat to medium and boil 18 minutes, or until the mixture thickens into a glaze.

  • Remove from the heat and set aside.


  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and swirl to coat.

  • Add the onions, the mushrooms, the pancetta, and the garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

  • Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

  • Combine the remaining ingredients for the meat loaf (except the cooking spray) in a large mixing bowl.

  • Fold evenly, but gently, until just combined.

  • Add the cool mushroom mixture.

  • BAKE!

  • Coat a roasting pan with cooking spray. Form a meat loaf about 3 inches tall by 4 inches wide on the pan.

  • Bake the meat loaf at 425° for 25 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 140°.

  • During the final minutes of roasting, baste the meat loaf with about 1/4 cup of the sauce. Reserve the remaining sauce for service. Pour the glaze over the meat loaf.

  • Bake an additional 7 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 155°.

  • Remove the lacquered meat loaf from the oven, and let it rest for 10 minutes.

  • Slice and serve.


Cooking Light Mad Delicious

Nutrition Facts

396 calories; fat 13.9g; saturated fat 4.2g; mono fat 5.7g; poly fat 2g; protein 27g; carbohydrates 44g; fiber 4g; cholesterol 78mg; iron 3mg; sodium 476mg; calcium 89mg.