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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kateware's picture
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This is lovely. I was quite surprised as by the ingredients I thought it may be bland but it wasn't. We had an Italian mature student staying with us, she asked for the recipe!

lumene's picture
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This is one of those dishes that doesn't look very good on pictures, but tastes absolutely delicious! Will definitely make again!

belatti's picture
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Very easy, very tasty and the whole family loved it

kelakin's picture
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I've never had meatloaf before but I really liked this. Used good quality cured bacon instead of pancetta, tasted great!

obbiebonns's picture

Not at all taken with this..too much like school dinners for me. Not very pleasant to look at either. Sorry - but won't be making this again.

elfie81's picture
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While this makes a good filling meal it is very bland!

I still have half a mix left as I only made it for 3 people.

Will be throwing a load of herbs and spices into the next one.

pennyclark's picture
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So tasty. I've avoided meatloaf over the years. But so glad I tried this. It's not particularly pretty but tastes great. Will defo make again!

millymoomoo's picture
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Cant believe how easy it was to make. Smells delicious whilst cooking too - the only thing I added was a shaking of mixed herbs. A BIG thumbs up from me :)

munchinuinsin's picture

Went down very well.

yellsound's picture

Note to self, don't use red onions, and consider frying tiny bit first to further disguise. Used chorizo successfully too.

sare1983's picture
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Lovely recipe, I added chorizo instead of pancetta, and I didn't think it really needed the gravy, because it's juicy enough

itsamee's picture
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The flavours in this weren't bad but I would certainly fry the pancetta first if I make this again and also add ome chopped parsley.

beckdixon's picture
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We really enjoyed this, followed the recipe as is but added dried oregano to the topping. Will definitely make again!

nixipix73's picture
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Very tasty and really easy to make. was a little bit greasy, but that may be the mince, all the family loved it and we had it warm with salad.

claire_harnwell's picture

hi, im thinking of making this for dinner one night next week. My hubby is muslim so we dont eat pork. does any one think the lack of bacon or pancetta will make a major difference to the dish? if you have any suggestions as to what i can add instead that would be great. thanks!

cahollier's picture
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Sorry, will not make again as was just O.K. I wanted a change from shepherds pie or chilli but it was just not as nice.

tiggy-11's picture
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This meatloaf is lovely, so simple to make that my partner made it!!! he used bacon instead of pancetta & it turned out perfect.

dpclough's picture
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Beautiful! Worked perfectly.

weaholt's picture
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This was ok, don't think I would rush to make it again.

debkelly3's picture
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This was delicious,would agree with other people though that it took longer to cook. Mine took around 1 and half hours. I also had bother with the meatloaf crumbling when cutting it,maybe i need to add another egg although it didn't distract from the taste.

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