|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 19g||24%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||40%|
|Total Carbohydrate 17g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||9%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 37mg||183%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Meatloaf is a classic dinner. There are so many variations on how to make it. It's a versatile staple that is easy to prepare, simple to cook, and popular with so many people. In this version, Parmesan cheese and tomatoes highlight this tasty ground beef and Italian sausage meatloaf. Serve the meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans for a tasty family dinner.
If you would prefer other protein, try this meatloaf with ground turkey and turkey Italian sausage. For an added kick, use hot sausage in place of some or all of the Italian sausage links.
1 pound extra-lean ground beef
1/2 pound Italian sausage, casings removed, about 2 to 3 links
1 large egg, slightly beaten
3/4 cup soft fine breadcrumbs
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes, divided
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 bell pepper, green or red, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Lightly oil a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan. Heat the oven to 375 F.
Combine the beef, sausage, egg, and breadcrumbs in a large bowl.
Chop the tomatoes or pulse in a food processor with their juice.
Put half of the tomatoes into the meat mixture, along with chopped onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Add the basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and cheese. Mix well until blended.
Pack the meat mixture into the loaf pan.
Bake for 1 hour.
Top with remaining diced tomatoes and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes longer.
Let rest for a few minutes; transfer to a platter and slice.
This meatloaf serves 4 to 6. If you have leftovers store the meatloaf in the refrigerator for three to four days. Meatloaf sandwiches are delicious. Simply add a slice of meatloaf to some soft bread (white bread or potato bread is perfect) for a tasty sandwich. Add your favorite condiment like ketchup, mustard, or pickles, and you'll have an easy and delicious lunch.
If you like making meatloaves, there are so many variations. Try old-fashioned meatloaf, meatloaf with mixed vegetables, or other favorite meatloaf recipes. There are lots of variations and meatloaf techniques. Some recipes call for strips of bacon to be placed along the top of the loaf while it bakes. Since this recipe includes ground beef and sausage, that step isn't necessary. If you choose to make your meatloaf with a leaner meat like ground turkey, you may want to add the strips of bacon to impart a little more fat and juiciness to the meatloaf. If meatloaf is not a popular meal in your household, you can still use this recipe for the meatloaf and simply form meatballs instead. Another variation is to create a mini-meatloaf or even use muffin tins to create meatloaf muffins. Sometimes kids will be so wowed by the different shape of their dinner, they will happily eat it.