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
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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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1st Apr, 2011
I was looking for something a little different to make and this hit the nail on the was scrummy and my family raved about it.
25th Mar, 2011
We had this for our evening meal last night - My husband and the baby 10 month - loved this. I can say this will feature in our household again. So simple, so delicious, so foolproof what more could you ask. Prepare, place in the oven, sit back while it cooks and then enjoy every forkfull.
23rd Feb, 2011
Really tasty, in fact probably the nicest meatloaf I've ever made. I made this into a medium sized meatloaf and 2 mini ones for lunch boxes, and I'm told it was as delicious cold, the next day. The only difference I made was to whizz parsley with the breadcrumbs and parmesan in the food processor. Definitely making again.....and again
14th Feb, 2011
Made this last night for the first time. Great recipe, very easy (kids would probably love to help). Very tasty and some left over to have cold today. Definitely do again.
11th Feb, 2011
Made this tonight and served with mustard mash, green beens, carrots, broccoli and gravy....It was lovely. Had no left overs, my 6 year old finished the leftovers! Kept recipe the same. Will definately be making again. Very easy to make.
9th Feb, 2011
I made this last night for the family and it went down very well i know that cause my husband had seconds, i served it with roast potatoes and fresh veg, will be making it again soon. For such few ingredients it tastes great.
23rd Jan, 2011
Very ordinary. Won't make it again.
21st Nov, 2010
Beautiful - my husband and kids wolfed it. I made it with bacon and strong cheddar instead of Parmesan and pancetta. We had it for Sunday lunch as a roast and they raved about it.
19th Nov, 2010
Absolutely delicious! The only change I made was (as per Fiona above) to swap pancetta for streaky bacon. Very flavoursome and a lovely texture. The leftovers were fantastic the following day in a meatloaf sub with some melted mozzarella and homemade tomato sauce. Will most definitely be adding this to my weekday family meal repertoire.
3rd Oct, 2010
Really lovely, didn't change anything. Simple to make, will definitely be having again.


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