Italian meatloaf

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins - 45 mins


Serves 4
This great-value supper is delicious served with jacket potatoes, green beans and gravy

Nutrition and extra info

  • Uncooked meatloaf can be frozen

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal411
  • fat23g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein39g
  • salt2.01g
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  • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp finely grated Parmesan



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 500g pack lean minced beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 100g pancetta, chopped



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tsp tomato purée


  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.

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Comments (86)

keri1983's picture

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

laura_howard's picture

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

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

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

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

kateware's picture

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

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

Very easy, very tasty and the whole family loved it

kelakin's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

nixipix73's picture

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!


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