Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr
This is a very tasty meatloaf! I have tweaked this recipe and have adapted it to suit our tastes.. We really like meatloaf, and are always trying new versions.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin is ok)
- 1⁄2 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1⁄2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 eggs
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1⁄2-3⁄4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (please don't use the green can stuff)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (can use red wine vinegar)
- 2 tablespoons chopped basil leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 3⁄4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup marinara sauce (your favorite Marinara sauce)
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Heat 1 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat and add the peppers, onions and garlic. Saute until just soft, remove to a plate and cool.
- When the peppers and onions are cooled off, combine them and all of the remaining ingredients together except the Marinara sauce and the shredded Mozzerella. Mix well, but do not overwork the meat.
- Spray a small rack, (such as a cooling rack for cookies) with Pam, and place on a cookie sheet.Take equal amounts of the meat mixture, and form one half of it into a bottom half. Place on the rack. Evenly distribute the shredded Mozzerella onto the bottom half of the meat mixture. Take the remaining meat mixture and form into a top half, and place on top of the Mozzerella.and seal up all of the sides, so that the cheese will not run out.
- Top with the Marinara sauce, making sure to evenly coat the top.
- Bake for about 50 to 60 minutes or until a instant read thermometer registers 160 °F. in the middle of the meat loaf.
- Remove from the oven, and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice and serve.
Thanks, Fluffster! This is an awesome meatloaf! It had a wonderful pizza flavor and we liked the texture- not too hard and not too mushy either. My husband was a very happy man because of your wonderful meatloaf.
Fluffster, I do believe you have a very satisfying Meatloaf here. Easy in every step of the way and great the next day. I noticed that you recommend FRESH grated Parmesan cheese. ABSOLUTELY the only way. I call that "STUFF" in ANY can, "ROTTEN SNEAKER CHEESE". If anyone wants proof of that put some of it on a fresh popped bowl of Pop Corn. Even our dog wouldn't eat it and we have seen him eat some very questionable things over the years. Thanks and Bon Apetite. Cap'n Jack
This is very good. My family loves it and I have very picky eaters. I have never had a meatloaf recipe that we all liked. This is Yummy!