Crockpot Italian-Style Meatloaf

Meatloaf with Italian Flavor
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  • Total: 9 hrs 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 9 hrs 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
433 Calories
17g Fat
24g Carbs
42g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 433
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 214mg 71%
Sodium 794mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 42g
Calcium 89mg 7%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Italian style meatloaf recipe is cooked in the slow cooker with very lean ground beef, Italian sauce and seasonings, and Mozzarella cheese.


  • 2 pounds extra lean ground beef
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, your favorite
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons dried chopped onion or 1/4 cup finely minced onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herbs, crushed, or use a mixture of oregano and basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons spaghetti sauce
  • 2 to 3 slices Mozzarella cheese, about 2 to 3 ounces

Steps to Make It

  1. Fold a 30-inch long piece of foil in half lengthwise. Place in bottom of a slow cooker with both ends hanging over top edge of cooker. I also put a piece of crumpled foil in the bottom to keep the meatloaf out of the fat. The foil strip will make it much easier to remove the meatloaf when it's done.

  2. In a large bowl, mix ground beef with bread crumbs, 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, egg, onion, salt, garlic powder, Italian herbs, and pepper until well blended. Shape into a loaf. Place in slow cooker. Spread 3 tablespoons spaghetti sauce over the loaf.

  3. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or on LOW for 5 to 6 hours, or until juices run clear. Top loaf with cheese slices, overlapping, and continue to cook (turn to HIGH if necessary) for 15 to 25 minutes longer.

  4. Use ends of foil to lift out meat loaf and transfer to a serving platter.

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