Italian meatloaf

Italian meatloaf

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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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28th Oct, 2015
Agree with all other comments: Mixed herbs Soften onions 1 hour Cracker crumbs not bread Kids and hubby loved it!!!
19th Sep, 2015
Delicious meatloaf and so easy. Did 2 hungry adults for 2 meals. Agree with all other comments about cooking time - allow 90 mins.
1st Jun, 2015
Extremely tasty, will be making again! Fried up chopped, smoked streaky bacon instead of pancetta. Added 1tsp of dried mixed herbs-defineately needed. Had to increase cooking time to 90mins and cooked on 180fan. Next time i will soften onions first as a little too crunchy. 1 egg plenty, no trouble with binding!
29th Apr, 2014
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.
14th Apr, 2014
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!!
15th Feb, 2014
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
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9th Feb, 2014
Great little recipe, easy and tasty. Served with the olive-oil baked potatoes which were lovely.
4th Oct, 2013
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.
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4th Aug, 2013
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!
13th Jul, 2013
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!


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