We all have our comfort foods – those dishes that remind us of growing up, or a certain food that seems to make us feel just a little bit better. Whether meatloaf is comfort food is a matter of personal taste, though it certainly is a staple meal in many homes.
This recipe puts a little Italian spin on the simple meatloaf! I actually lost the recipe for this a long time ago and wish I knew who gave it to me! I’ve made it countless times over the years and it is a big time favorite with my family! Moist and tender, with tomato sauce and filled with gooey mozzarella cheese, this is an easy, delicious main dish. Best of all, make it in the morning, cover with foil and you can bake it later in the day.
That’s a Lotsa Mozzarella Meatloaf….I think you’ll like it!
- 1 ½ pounds ground beef
- 1 small onion, diced
- One 15 ounce can tomato sauce
- 1 cup dry Italian style breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 ½ tablespoons Italian seasoning
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, diced onion, breadcrumbs, eggs, pepper, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. Add 1/3 cup of tomato sauce; reserve the rest of the sauce.
Mix all ingredients until well blended. Just get your hands in there and squeeze!
On a piece of wax paper, pat meat into a rectangle approximately 10” x 18”.
Sprinkle mozzarella, reserving about ½ cup, over the meat, leaving a small “margin” around all sides.
Starting at the short end, roll the meat up jelly roll fashion. Use the wax paper to help you get started. If the meat sticks a bit to the waxed paper, that’s ok!
Pinch ends closed well and form into a “meatloaf” shape. Place into a baking pan. (Don’t you love that I grabbed the WORST baking pan I own for this? It is SO not ready for its close up, but hey, it’s well loved and used!)
Bake meatloaf at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes. Remove from oven and drain off fat. Pour reserved tomato sauce over meatloaf and sprinkle reserved mozzarella on top. Return to the oven and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese on top is melted.
Sometimes the cheese inside will ooze out during baking, which is totally fine! It’s still tastes awesome!
Try That’s a Lotsa Mozzarella Meatloaf – it will disappear fast, I promise!
Thanks for stopping by today and if you try this recipe, I’d LOVE to hear how you like it.
This recipe was linked to the Thursday are Your Days linky party at 52 Mantels!