Italian Meatloaf

Italian Meatloaf

44 reviews, 4.5 star(s). 84% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

Not your plain ol' meatloaf, but still traditional enough for the purists. This one is sure to please everyone in your family.

"I cooked this for my family and it was fantastic. I had to add a little bit more bread crumb to make it a little more solid and sprinkled a litte itialian bread crumb on top after cooking. I will be making this on a reagular basis. Everyone loved it. Thanks to the poster."


1 pound Ground beef
1/2 pound ground mild Italian sausage
1/2 cup yellow onion; chopped
1/2 cup red or green bell pepper; chopped
1 clove garlic; minced
1/2 cup bread crumbs; coarse dried, preferably sourdough or Italian
2 tablespoons dry red wine; Optional
1 egg; lightly beaten
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
2 tablespoons Chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried basil,; crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano,; crushed
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper; freshly ground
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese; freshly grated
1 8-oz can tomato sauce,; divided
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese; shredded, divided

Original recipe makes 4



Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Lightly oil a 9- x 5-inch loaf pan. If using a silicone pan, place on a sturdy baking sheet.

In a large bowl, combine beef, sausage, onion, bell pepper, garlic, bread crumbs, optional wine, egg, Worcestershire, parsley, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, Parmesan and 1/2 cup each tomato sauce and mozzarella. Spoon into prepared pan and gently pack down. Bake 45 minutes. Pour off drippings.

Spread remaining tomato sauce on top of the loaf and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella. Bake until an internal temperature reaches 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer. The cheese should be melted and the sauce should be bubbling. Let stand 10 minutes, pour off drippings, and remove from pan before slicing.


Everyone enjoyed this, but most importantly, my son (who was not previously a meatloaf fan) gave this one 5 stars and told me that when I make meatloaf again, it should be this one. So that alone earns five stars in my book :o)

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My husband tried it and said 'mmmm...amazing'! That was good enough for me. ;) I used about a half lb. more of mild Italian sausage and I didn't have any fresh parsley, but I did have cilantro so I used that. Delicious! I didn't see the part about adding the tomato sauce and cheese on top 45 mins later. I put it all together and baked for 1 hr. Worked fine.
Mrsswill 10m ago

My husband couldn't stop talking about it. He loved it. I may never make meatloaf the traditional way again. Excellent.
doriwoodburn 1y ago

One word......Amazeballs!!!! Hahaha my whole family loved it and they can't wait till I make it again :-D
justntime 1y ago

Amazing!! Will definitely add this to the rotation. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe.
jeanniepelletier92 2y ago

Great recipe! We used a more spicy sausage and it really came out good. Had a nice bite to it. Thanks so much for this recipe, it's so hard to find one that doesn't taste like hamburger and ketchup.
Pcabezas 2y ago

Loved the flavor!!!!
sandywalkerpoon 2y ago

Schel67 2y ago

Delish! I use ground turkey & spice it up a bit more.
Sportechic 2y ago

This recipe was okay, it was a nice change but I probably will not make it again. My family had too many mixed feelings about it.
JeannetteRoberts 2y ago

I can not say this enough! BEST MEATLOAF EVER!!! Makes great burgers too!
Mschauer72 2y ago

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