Italian meatloaf

Italian meatloaf

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins - 45 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

This great-value supper is delicious served with jacket potatoes, green beans and gravy

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Uncooked meatloaf can be frozen
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
411
protein
39g
carbs
13g
fat
23g
saturates
10g
fibre
1g
sugar
3g
salt
2.01g

Ingredients

  • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp finely grated parmesan
  • 500g pack lean minced beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 100g pancetta, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp tomato purée

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Line the long sides and base of a 2lb loaf tin with double thickness baking parchment. Mix 2 tbsp each of the breadcrumbs and Parmesan in a small bowl and set aside. Tip all the remaining ingredients into a large bowl with a good shake of salt and pepper and mix well – hands are the best for this job.
  2. Press the mixture into the loaf tin and sprinkle with the reserved crumb mix. Bake for 40-45 mins until the top is golden and crunchy. If the top does not colour in the oven, pop the tin under the grill and brown the top for 5 mins. Cool in the tin for 5 mins, then lift out using the parchment and put on a board. Slice and serve with potatoes and green beans.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2010

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Hawie's picture

Can anyone tell me why it can't be frozen once cooked? The mince if have is already frozen so I need to cook it before freezing again, but why does it say can be frozen uncooked? I have made this many times and it's so easy and delicious. Never goes as far as it should as everyone wants more.

gail3man's picture

This meatloaf was very tasty. I adapted it to include ingredients I had at home by using granary bread crumbs, and smoked back bacon instead of pancetta. I also cooked it in a bain marie for about 1 hour 30 mins which kept it lovely and moist. I have always thought making a meatloaf would be very fiddly How wrong I was! This meat loaf was one of the easiest but tastiest meals I have ever made. All my family loved it!!

lyndielou's picture

this was very tasty, though too much onion for my husband. I made 2 and have frozen one uncooked. Next time I'll use less onion and more oregano

tillyfloss80's picture
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Great little recipe, easy and tasty.
Served with the olive-oil baked potatoes which were lovely.

pumletpower's picture
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Really tasty, maybe a tad salty due to the pancetta but I like it like that! Had with a side of roast garlic pumpkin and potato mash and beans.

DS16's picture

This was absolutely delicious!

It was the first time that I have made a meatloaf and was impressed at how incredibly easy the preparation was. Like other reviewers, I softened the onions first and added dried oregano.

I ate the meatloaf alone and should have served it with something as I ended up eating half of the whole meatloaf, it was that good!

caroljefferson's picture

My 14 year old son has been nagging me for ages to make meatloaf since tasting at a friends, this was my first attempt and I neednt have worried, turned out perfectly, needed 1 hour to cook, will become a favourite with three hungry blokes to feed!

damenga's picture

Really easy to make and very tasty, wife loved it.
Threw in some parsley and basil and it works fine.
Did not have tomato paste so used ketchup.
Cooked for 1 hour, let it rest or awhile and it sliced nicely.

frowne's picture

Loved this - so easy to make!

bailig's picture
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Followed everyone's suggestions and softened the onions and added dried oregano - agree that it takes a lot longer to cook, at least an hour - but it turned out great.

kathrynv's picture
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Simple to make, tasty to eat! Whole family loved it - and there were plenty of leftovers, even amongst us hearty eaters. Will be making again.

babs60's picture
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Very tasty. Used a combination of streaky bacon & pepperoni type sausage slices & added an extra egg as the ones I have are quite small. Also used crushed crackers instead of breadcrumbs. (Have used crushed crackers on numerous occasions where breadcrumbs are needed for recipes like burgers, meatballs etc).

heatherfisher's picture
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Loved this easy to make and tasted lovely!

jedianastasia's picture
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Simple, very easy, and very flavourful and tasty results!

I'm pleased with how easy and customisable this is, and how versatile. I used a bit too much seasoning and other ingredients for the amount of beef mince I had (comes in 440g packs) so mine was a bit overpowering and next time I will modify accordingly.

Still very pleased with the results though, and thinking about having the leftovers broken up in pasta sauce with spaghetti.

suzieq1601's picture
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Seeeeriously delish & once the bread & parmesan are grated, v v easy! My 4 & 7 year olds lapped it up, as did my husband. Didn't need gravy as was very moist. I fancy inventing a pork version too! Definitely one for the regular list.

keri1983's picture
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Was ok,didn't quite have the wow factor though!

laura_howard's picture
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Our family enjoyed this meatloaf. Last minute I realised I didn't have any tomato puree, so substituted a little pasta sauce.

The meatloaf didn't hold together well, but that was probably my fault. But the taste was very, very nice.

vickes13's picture
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A firm favourite in our household, amongst children as a family meal, and with friends round for dinner.So easy to make, with great results. yum yum!

soniamarieb's picture
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Delicious and super easy... I put in extra onion, garlic and tomato purée, I also put parsley and basil with the bread crumbs. Tasted amazing and thinking of making it for a Christmas dinner party. Thanks.

carolwright25's picture
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All the family loved it, easy and delicious. I used steaky bacon instead of pancetta.

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