Italian Style Meatloaf

I am not much of a meat eater so anything that says “meat” in the title is generally not going to be my idea of a good time. However, about fifteen years ago I watched a chef take a big handful of ground up meat and turn it into something that looked really great. So I decided to give it a try. I really do like this particular meatloaf recipe because it has a lot of other flavor with the meat. I think that the fresh herbs and balsamic vinegar really enhance the flavor. My family really likes it too, which keeps me making it once or twice a year all these years later. I hope you will enjoy it too!




  • 1/8 cup olive oil (plus or minus a little)
  • 4 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium sweet pepper, seeded and diced (or several mini peppers)
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cups grated Parmesan
  • 3/4 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 and one half pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat a small amount of the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat and add the garlic, peppers and onions and sauté until just soft. Let cool.
  3. In a small bowl combine the herbs, eggs, salt and pepper.
  4. In a large bowl use your hands to combine the Parmesan and breadcrumbs the Worcestershire, vinegar and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Be sure not to overmix.
  5. Pack the meat mixture into an oiled loaf pan, if you do not have a loaf pan. Top with the marinara making sure to spread evenly over the top.
  6. Bake for approximately 50 to 60 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees F in the middle of the meatloaf. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice and serve with your favorite green salad and crusty Italian bread.

Other notes: This is one of those recipes that many parents of picky eaters add shredded veggies like carrots, zucchini and spinach to.


About Rachel

Owner @ Brown Box Organics.
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