Italian-style meatloaf is a spin on the classic with Italian seasonings, sweet marinara sauce and lots of cheese!
This Italian-style meatloaf is a spin on the classic for those who don’t like a traditional meatloaf but love the taste of meatballs. It takes its inspiration and flavor cues from my Parmesan meatballs with the marinara sauce heavily influenced by my homemade marinara sauce recipe.
We’ll be making a tender meatloaf out of ground beef, fresh onions, garlic and red bell peppers mixed with Italian seasoning, Italian breadcrumbs, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Then we’re coating the meatloaf with homemade marinara sauce and more mozzarella cheese sprinkled generously for a cheesy top layer.
ITALIAN-STYLE MEATLOAF RECIPE TIPS
Ground beef – Try to go for lean ground beef so there’s less grease and fat in your meatloaf. You can also do a 50-50 mix of mild Italian ground sausage for even more Italian flavors.
Tomatoes – I used Roma tomatoes for the meatloaf because of their low water content but you should be able to get away with other kinds since we are cooking them down anyway.
Parmesan cheese – We’re using the finely grated Parmesan cheese because it mixes well with the ground beef.
Mozarella cheese – You can also substitute mozzarella cheese with an Italian cheese blend.
Marinara sauce – I made the marinara sauce from scratch but you can substitute it with your favorite brand of store-bought marinara sauce instead. One 15 oz. jar should be more than enough. I only made about a cup of homemade marinara sauce but you might like the option of doubling the sauce.
And that’s about it. Enjoy your twist on the classic meatloaf and happy eating!
MORE ITALIAN-INSPIRED RECIPES TO TRY
- Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Soup
- Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs
- Easy Cheesy Ravioli Lasagna
- Lasagna Roll-Ups
- Lasagna Soup