Mouth Watering Italian Meatloaf


This is a guest post by Cheryl Siens

My family loves Italian food.  One day, I was eating dinner at my cousin’s house and she served a delicious meatloaf.  I asked her for the recipe, and as I was reading over the ingredients, I thought how easy it would be to turn this meatloaf into a giant meatball!

So I added and deleted, and by trial and error, came up with this recipe.   It is such a big hit at my house, I almost always make a double batch. I cut the meatloaf into one-inch cubes and either refrigerate or freeze my leftovers.  I use them as meatballs in my next batch of spaghetti sauce, or sometimes make meatball sandwiches.



  • 2 ¼ pounds ground meat
  • ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 ½ cups of your favorite spaghetti sauce, divided


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare pan by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.  I don’t use the traditional loaf pan for my meatloaf, I use a 9×12 baking dish so it will cook faster.

Mix meat, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and 1 cup spaghetti sauce in a bowl.  Shape into loaf and place in pan.  Cover with about a half a cup of spaghetti sauce and place in preheated oven.  Cook for 30 minutes, remove from oven and drain juices.  Cover with remainder of spaghetti sauce and cook for an additional 30 minutes.  Remove from oven, drain and serve.


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4 thoughts on “Mouth Watering Italian Meatloaf”

  1. Thanks so much this sounds Delish & simple, now that my husband works long crazy hours i have to cook : after 9 years of never cooking,so i want to try to cook alot of different dishes and is gonna be a hit i alrready know, I will make it next week for dinner Yayy THANK you.

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