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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Italian-Style Meatloaf

Meatloaf is one of those foods that either people love it or they hate it - there doesn't seem to be much middle ground. Me? I like it occasionally and luckily, so does my family! My family especially enjoyed this Italian-Style Meatloaf.

I grew up eating just the regular ol' classic meatloaf with the ketchup on top - I'm guessing many of y'all did, too? While there's nothing wrong with it - and I'm quite fond of it (surprisingly, I don't have a recipe on my blog for it - yet!!), I tend to like a funkier version. My husband would tell you the foodie in me won't make the same dish twice - I think that's a little exaggerated - it just may be a long time until we have something "the same" again. Personally, I love playing with recipes and finding ways to make old recipes "new" again. I'm thinking Brian should be used to my "science experiments" by now. ;) 

If you're a fan of meatloaf (the food, not the singer - although I kinda dig his music too), add this Italian-Style Meatloaf to your list of things to try. It's a nice combination of things that are familiar, mixed up with a unique twist. You and your family will be glad you did! :)

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Italian-Style Meatloaf
Printable recipe
Yield: 8 servings

2 lb. lean ground beef
1 cup dry breadcrumbs
2 eggs, beaten 
½ of a green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 Roma tomato, chopped
1 jar (24 oz.) Marinara sauce, divided (you may not need all of it)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine the beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, onions, green pepper and tomato in a medium bowl. Add ½ cup of the marinara sauce. Mix well. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf. Place in an ungreased 8½x4½x2½-in. loaf pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink in the middle. Carefully drain, if necessary. Spoon desired amount of remaining Marinara sauce over the top of the meatloaf and bake an additional 10 minutes. Allow to stand 5 minutes before slicing and serving. 
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  1. Pinned ! I need to make meatloaf more - it's not only economical but easy as well :-)

  2. For someone who loves meatloaf, I haven't had it in a really really long time, I realize. Gotta make this soon ;). Thank you for sharing!

  3. I actually love meatloaf. My mom used to make a meatloaf like this when I was growing up, she would even throw potatoes in the pan with it when it was baking. Very good! My daughter would LOVE the BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger one as well. I am your newest Pinterest follower and found you via 'Adorned From Above' blog hop. Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Angie G.

  4. Pinned! This looks really good and I can't wait to try it. Thanks Jamie! ~Rebekah from

  5. I love trying different meatloaf recipes. This sounds delicious!

  6. One of my husband's favorite dinners is meatloaf. I'm always trying new recipes, I can't wait to try this one! Pinning now to try soon! Thanks Jamie!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

  7. I love meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Real comfort food.

  8. My boys dont the classic meatloaf. I will have to try this one because alot of food we cook is italian based hopefully this one will go over. I love the look of it and I also like the classic meatloaf checking out from the thursday hop lorraine at

  9. Looks delicious! I've never made meatloaf but this one seems like a good recipe to try for the first time!

  10. I love meatloaf. Hubby loves meatloaf. Daughter won't touch So the next time I make it I've decided to use the muffin pan and just make her a few hamburger patties and then season our beef the way we want it.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  11. So hungry now! Thanks for sharing. Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this project (and others)!

  12. Oh how I wish my husband liked meatloaf! I'm currently pregnant with #3, and meatloaf is my one HUGE craving every time--oddly enough. I have to resort to ordering it when we go out to dinner since he is so opposed to it (grew up with the ketchup kind and had it a little too often I think). Just wanted to say that this looks so delicious! Stopped by from The Best Blog Recipes.

  13. I love meatloaf and this looks so good! If only my husband like it. I'm currently pregnant with #3 and each time meatloaf is my one huge craving--oddly enough. I have to resort to ordering it when we go out to dinner since he is so opposed to me making it (he grew up with the ketchup kind and had it a little too often I think). Just wanted to say it looks delicious! Stopped by from The Best Blog Recipes.

  14. Your recipe is wonderful, and thank you so much for sharing it with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are staying cool on this hot summers day, enjoy your weekend!
    Miz Helen

  15. I like meatloaf as long as it is homemade. This recipe sounds great!


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