Italian meatloaf

Italian meatloaf

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(103 ratings)

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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8th Jul, 2013
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.
1st Jul, 2013
Loved this - so easy to make!
12th Jun, 2013
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.
8th Mar, 2013
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.
21st Feb, 2013
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).
4th Feb, 2013
Loved this easy to make and tasted lovely!
17th Dec, 2012
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.
10th Dec, 2012
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.
29th Nov, 2012
Was ok,didn't quite have the wow factor though!
26th Nov, 2012
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.


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