Italian meatloaf

Italian meatloaf

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(85 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins - 45 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp finely grated parmesan
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    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
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 100g pancetta, chopped
    Pancetta

    Pancetta

    pan-chet-ah

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

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

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

  • 1 tsp tomato purée

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.

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jedianastasia
17th Dec, 2012
5.05
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
10th Dec, 2012
5.05
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
29th Nov, 2012
3.05
Was ok,didn't quite have the wow factor though!
laura_howard
26th Nov, 2012
5.05
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
25th Nov, 2012
5.05
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
21st Oct, 2012
5.05
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
16th Sep, 2012
5.05
All the family loved it, easy and delicious. I used steaky bacon instead of pancetta.
kateware
11th Sep, 2012
5.05
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
10th Sep, 2012
5.05
This is one of those dishes that doesn't look very good on pictures, but tastes absolutely delicious! Will definitely make again!
belatti
31st Jul, 2012
5.05
Very easy, very tasty and the whole family loved it

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