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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25th Nov, 2012
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!
21st Oct, 2012
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.
16th Sep, 2012
All the family loved it, easy and delicious. I used steaky bacon instead of pancetta.
11th Sep, 2012
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!
10th Sep, 2012
This is one of those dishes that doesn't look very good on pictures, but tastes absolutely delicious! Will definitely make again!
31st Jul, 2012
Very easy, very tasty and the whole family loved it
11th Jul, 2012
I've never had meatloaf before but I really liked this. Used good quality cured bacon instead of pancetta, tasted great!
18th Jun, 2012
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.
9th Jun, 2012
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.
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23rd May, 2012
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!


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