My family loves this recipe! Served alone or on sourdough bread. I usually triple the recipe and freeze the extra. I have always used jarred roasted peppers to save time.
There is a lot of prep work but well worth it and as one review said, double the recipe because it's labor intensive. I made one loaf with intention to bring some to my friends. Nope! Just one container as the rest is for me :-) That's how good it is. Dense with great umami and just 1/2 lb of ground beef. The veggies really come through, especially the cremini mushrooms. I used 10 ozs instead of 8.
If you're willing to put in the time on this one, it's worth it. My non-veggie-loving husband and kids loved this! The only change I made was to use a jar of roasted red peppers. I will make this again, but since it was a bit on the crumbly side, I may add another egg. And I will definitely double the sauce, because for us, that's what really put it over the edge, flavor wise.
This is labor intensive, but it has great flavor. I doubled the recipe and put one in the freezer for a future dinner.
This meatloaf was amazing. We just had it and it did take me quite a while to prep but it was delicious. My 2 year old asked for seconds. I don't normally love roasted red peppers but the sauce was incredible. Make the sauce fresh - it's worth the extra 5 minutes. You can roast the peppers while prepping everything else. Also, make a double batch when you make this since it is labor intensive. A double batch will make 3 meat loafs for my family. Totally delicious with complex flavors. I didn't make tonight's with walnuts I left those out, and loved it. I made 1 loaf with walnuts for the future.
I'm pretty quick in the kitchen, but this is one to save for those times when you feel like puttering in the kitchen. I made the loaf the night before, then baked it in the morning while getting ready for work. It was easy to cut slices and reheat them covered in the microwave for a speedy dinner. My only change was a shortcut: to use bottled roasted red peppers and a good organic ketchup instead of the red bell pepper sauce. And I had no fresh basil, so used a full teaspoon of dried, and used egg substitute because it was there. I think this should be called "Toasted Walnut Loaf," as that's the dominant flavor and the idea of of "meatloaf" might cause disappointment for a meat-eater. We loved it the first night with corn on the cob, then had it again with mashed potatoes and steamed green beans.