Italian meatloaf

Italian meatloaf

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(105 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


  • 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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5th Sep, 2011
Added finely chopped jalapeños, diced bell peppers and mushrooms, and this meatloaf was incredible. Made it with the suggested roast potato recipe, which were a huge hit. I also steamed some green beans, then I pan fryed them with parmesan and red chilli flakes. I left out the breadcrumbs for my gluten free wife, and it was still brilliant.
30th Jul, 2011
Sorry - forgot to add that the next time I would not cook with breadcrumbs and cheese because there was no need for the extra calories or flavour because it was flavoursome enough!
30th Jul, 2011
WOW! I have just made this and took on everybodys advice - added oregano, doubled the tomato puree, used bacon (3 slices = 100g) and softened the onions....I ended up with a dish so tasty that my family were asking me to make sure I made this again! It did take longer to cook than stated - almost double the time and as someone said it was pink - but then we realised that it was the bacon that was pink but it was defo cooked! Next time would serve with a salad. Thanks again for a wonderful recipe!
28th Jul, 2011
This went down very well with my husband and 2 year old son (who kept saying "yum, cheese and bacon")! I used chedder and bacon, added basil and put the tomato paste on top (as forgot to add)...and it was indeed yum!
22nd Jul, 2011
Brilliant recipe. Cheap and tasty - will try adding different stuff next time. Might be good with mushrooms.
11th Jul, 2011
Very easy to do and the kids loved it. Will def make it again :)
2nd Jul, 2011
A big thumbs up from my brood and very quick and easy. Thoroughly enjoyed as a dinner and equally as much the next day as leftovers (made into a meatloaf sandwich by my rather uncouth husband!!!).
21st Jun, 2011
This is a lovely recipe. So easy to make and very yummy! No complaints from my table when this was dished up! I'm sure you could also do many variations, ie not just pancetta and parmesan. Have to agree with some of the other comments in that it took longer than 45 minutes to bake- mine took about an hour.
18th Jun, 2011
made this for sunday dinner great success all loved it . will make this time and time again.
8th Jun, 2011
5 Stars for Flavour & is so easy & quick to make/prepare - Minus a star for the recipe directions because it takes closer to 1.5hrs - 2hrs @ 180 degrees for it to cook through in the oven, as a result we had dinner far too late. Expected it to be ready for an 8pm dinner but it was well after 9pm when we sat down. I substituted smoked bacon bits instead of the pancetta, added an extra clove of garlic & sauted with the onion before adding to the mix. Tasted lovely & my boyfriend loved it (he turned his nose up when I originally told him what was for dinner!) he even wants to see if he can make it next time!


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