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Italian-Style Meatloaf

Italian-Style Meatloaf

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


Italian-style meatloaf is a spin on the classic dish with Italian seasonings, sweet marinara sauce and lots of cheese!


Units Scale
  • 2 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Marinara Sauce

  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Over medium-high heat, saute onions and garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add red bell pepper, tomatoes and Italian seasoning, sweating the vegetables until liquid evaporates, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. In a separate pan over medium-high heat, start the sauce by sauteing garlic until fragrant then add in tomato sauce. Crumble in the beef bouillon cube and mix well.
  4. Season the sauce with Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Combine ground beef, eggs, Italian breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup marinara sauce, cooked vegetables, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper. Form into a loaf using your hands, mixing all the ingredients thoroughly.
  6. Coat the top of the loaf with the remaining marinara sauce and spread evenly using the back of a spoon. Finish by topping with the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered on a baking sheet at 350°F for 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°F in the middle of the meatloaf. Let it stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
  8. Dish and serve hot.
  9. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins