Rating: 4.5 stars
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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.

Mary Drennen
Recipe by Cooking Light March 2012

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Credit: Johnny Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
55 mins
total:
1 hr
Yield:
Serves 6 (serving size: 1 slice meat loaf and about 2 tablespoons sauce)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350°.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

251 calories; fat 13.2g; saturated fat 5.9g; mono fat 4g; poly fat 0.8g; protein 20g; carbohydrates 10.5g; fiber 0.8g; cholesterol 100mg; iron 1.6mg; sodium 597mg; calcium 47mg.
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