Italian Meatloaf

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italian meatloaf

This meatloaf is basically one big giant meatball, or at least that’s what I tell my kids so that they’ll eat it. But, seriously, it is similar to meatballs, only it has a lot more flavor and is easier to make. I like to serve it with my Big Italian Salad — a firm family favorite — and Parmesan Smashed Potatoes, but it’s delicious with pasta too. Leftovers are even better the next day, sliced and topped with melted cheese in a warm sandwich.

ingredients

As you can see, I use a good quality store-bought marinara sauce. Feel free to make your own, but I don’t think it’s worth it since the recipe only calls for 3/4 cup.

roughly-chopped-veggies

Begin by chopping the vegetables. I use a food processor, which makes it quick and easy. You want to pulse until the vegetables are finely chopped but not puréed — this makes for a nicely textured meatloaf. (And always rough chop the veggies before putting them in the machine, otherwise they won’t chop evenly.)

finely-chopped-veggies

Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan and add the vegetables.

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Cook for 5-7 minutes, until the vegetables are softened but not browned. Then let cool.

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Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the Worcestershire sauce, basil, salt and pepper.

wet-ingredients

Add the meat, bread crumbs, cheese and vegetables.

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And mix with your hands until well combined.

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Shape the meat into a 9×5-inch loaf on a greased, foil-lined baking sheet. I prefer to “free-form” it rather than cook it in a loaf pan — that way, the fat cooks out and there’s always enough well-browned crust to go around.

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Top with marinara sauce, letting a bit drip down the sides.

ready-to-bake

Bake for 65-70 minutes, then transfer to a cutting board or serving platter. Enjoy!

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Italian Meatloaf

Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 75 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 pounds meatloaf mix (or use 1-1/2 pounds 85% lean ground beef plus 1/2 pound ground pork)
  • 2/3 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, carrot and celery and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 5-7 minutes. Do not brown. Let cool until just warm.
  3. In a bowl large enough to hold all of the ingredients, whisk the eggs with the basil, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Add the meat, breadcrumbs, cheese and cooked vegetables to the egg mixture and mix with your hands until just evenly combined.
  5. Form the meat mixture into a 9x5-inch loaf shape directly on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the marinara sauce evenly over top, letting it drip a bit down the sides.
  6. Bake for 65-70 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160°F in the middle of the meatloaf. Let the meatloaf rest for about 10 minutes. Scrape any fat away from the edges of the meatloaf (it will ooze out and brown while baking), then use a wide spatula to transfer the meatloaf to a cutting board or serving platter. Slice and serve.
  7. Note: If serving with mashed potatoes, you might warm up some additional marinara sauce for serving.
  8. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cooked meatloaf can be frozen for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, defrost it in the refrigerator for 24 hours and then reheat it in a 300°F oven until hot in the middle.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 585
  • Fat: 42g
  • Saturated fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 35g
  • Sodium: 966mg
  • Cholesterol: 180mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Terrific meal enjoyed by all of us. Used all ground beef (don’t love pork). We enjoyed leftovers with melted cheese on top and extra sauce. Another winner added to the dinner rotation!!

    • — LisaR on November 27, 2018
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  • Amazing meatloaf & so easy! Making this one again soon

    • — Joyce Meyer on October 10, 2018
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  • I made this meatloaf tonight and it is INCREDIBLE!!!! My roommates all claimed to hate meatloaf….until they tried this one! Followed the recipe exactly and it is truly the best I have ever had. Thank you!!!

    • — Emily R. on October 9, 2018
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  • This is the best meatloaf I have ever made! It’s like a delicious juicy meatball with sauce. My 3 and 6 year old request this often. I have made it at least a dozen times exactly as written and wouldn’t change a thing!

    • — Alyssa Rose on October 8, 2018
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  • Easy, healthy and tasty. Thanks for another great recipe. Whenever I make any of your recipes to take to a party, I’m always asked for the recipe. That’s the best compliment I can give you. If making meatballs with this recipe, how long would you leave them in the oven?

    • — Niki on October 8, 2018
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    • So glad you like the recipes, Niki! For meatballs, I have an actual meatball recipe that’s pretty similar to the flavors in this meatloaf – I’d suggest that you use this instead. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 9, 2018
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  • This recipe will make a very good meatloaf. Unfortunately, I did not have celery and made a couple of other substitutions because I did not have the exact ingredients. It was still good, but I believe that using all of the ingredients listed in the recipe would have resulted in an overall better meatloaf. Next time I will use the correct ingredients, with perhaps the addition of a teaspoon of herbes de provence.

    • — Laurie W on October 4, 2018
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  • Delicious! Made this meatloaf tonight for dinner & loved it. Very easy to put together & flavourful. Followed the recipe except I couldn’t find Italian breadcrumbs so added plain breadcrumbs with a heaping 1/4 tsp of Italian seasoning & the flavours were awesome! Absolutely added the marinara on top & served with some on the side. Ate with your big Italian salad & smashed potatoes. All around delicious meal. Very comforting!!!

    • — Tracy V on October 1, 2018
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  • Made this last night for dinner. We haven’t had meatloaf in…..forever! Two big thumbs up from everyone all the way around. Thanks for the recipe!

    • — Sandy on September 19, 2018
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  • Hi Jenn, I made the Italian meatloaf this evening and it was a huge hit. I have a recipe for an Italian meatloaf that I always considered to be the best. Yours beat mine, hands down. Never would have believed it. I did use Italian sausage and ground beef. Everything else was per your specifications.Still 100% with every one of your recipes being a home run. Thanks again for super recipes.

    • — Heidi on September 13, 2018
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  • Love this meatloaf and so does my husband! I make it with ground turkey, and sometimes add a few extra veggies, like roasted red peppers finely chopped. It’s a lot for 2 of us so I slice the extra and freeze it for sandwiches later. Great with chipotle mayo! Another great Jen recipe!!

    • — Janie on May 22, 2018
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  • What temperature do I bake it at? Didn’t find it anywhere 🙂 Thank you!!!!!

    • — Veronica on April 21, 2018
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    • Hi Veronica, it gets baked at 350°F/175°C. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on April 21, 2018
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    • Never mind :))) i found it! Sorry about this 🙂

      • — Veronica on April 21, 2018
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  • Any idea how much mirepaux total ? As a time saver I chop extra and freeze/refrigerate. Making tonite!

    • — Gracesmom on April 9, 2018
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    • Hi, these are all just estimates based on the exact sizes of the vegetables and how finely you dice them, but 1 small finely chopped onion should be about 1/2 cup, the finely chopped carrot will be approximately 1/3 cup and the same for the celery. Mincing the 3 garlic cloves should render about 1.5 tsp. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on April 9, 2018
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  • OMG!! This is amazing!
    Made as directed but since I didn’t have the Marinara sauce, I made your recipe Tomato Balsamic Glaze to cover the meatloaf instead. So delicious.
    Thanks for making me look like I can cook! Love your site!

    • — Ria on March 15, 2018
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  • I’ve made this Italian Meatloaf twice. The first time I did it exactly as the recipe with beef and pork. The meatloaf was delicious and a hit. The second time I did it with Turkey and it was just as good. A perfect meal served with couscous. Thank you Once Upon a Chef.

    • — Cynthia Gutierrez on March 6, 2018
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  • This recipe was absolutely delicious … only change was that we did 50/50 pork/beef. Served with homemade chips.

    • — KatP on March 4, 2018
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  • Can I say how much I love this meatloaf? It is super easy, super tasty, and it even freezes well! I love all the veggies in it and have found if in a hurry I can add them to the meat without sauteeing first, and it has made no difference in the final meatloaf. To freeze for individual meals, I make 1″ slices, wrap in foil and then stash in a freezer pouch for later. Since I’m a household of one now, that’s important to me!

    • — Sally Prangley on March 1, 2018
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  • Every one of your recipes I have tried is delicious! My husband and kids always ask what we’re having for dinner, and I simply say “something from once upon a chef,” and everyone is always happy to hear that reply! It has always been like pulling teeth to try to get my eight year old to eat meatloaf, but not with this recipe. She raved over it! I couldn’t believe it! Thanks again for another wonderful recipe!!!

    • — Jessica Grant on February 22, 2018
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  • I adore the flavor of this recipe!!! However, I have a need to make it gluten free. I tried twice with store-bought gluten free Panko breadcrumbs, and the texture is just….crumbly, mushy, won’t hold together. Any suggestions? More egg? A different binder? Oats, cornmeal….? Thanks so much!

    • — Vanessa on January 22, 2018
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    • Hi Vanessa, a couple suggestions come to mind — you could try a different brand of gluten-free bread crumbs as that may solve the problem. You could also try using ground oats instead of the bread crumbs. Because they will change the flavor of the meatloaf a bit, I’d suggest using just enough to bind everything together. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on January 23, 2018
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  • As usual with your recipes, this was amazing. The only change I made was using the grease of the morning’s bacon with ground beef. The highlight for me was the basil. I will never again make meatloaf without it.

    • — MrsDLA on January 17, 2018
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  • Just made this meatloaf recipe and we loved it! It was delicious. I added a small amount of red pepper flakes and used dried oregano and dried basil since I don’t have fresh basil, but it was delicious nevertheless.

  • Hi,

    I baked this meatloaf Tuesday, then put it in the freezer. We plan on eating it Christmas Day. I never froze cooked meatloaf before. Will it still be moist? By the way, took a nibble and it was amazing and made my home smell fantastic!

    • — Rose on December 22, 2017
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    • Hi Rose, Meatloaf freezes beautifully so no worries – it will be fine! Happy Holidays!

      • — Jenn on December 22, 2017
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  • My family LOVES this meatloaf. In fact, it is a FAVORITE of my 8 month old daughter (we are doing baby-led weaning with her). Do you have any recommendations for loading it up with other veggies – like cauliflower, zucchini, spinach, etc to make it even more nutritious? About how much more veggies do you think the loaf could handle before it falls apart? Thanks!

    • — Blair on December 2, 2017
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  • This is the best meatloaf ever! My family is always requesting it! If there is any leftover, we like to place it on a toasted hogie roll with extra tomato sauce and cheese.

    • — Sharon L on December 1, 2017
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  • Hi…I am trying to go gluten free, any recommendations for something to use other than bread crumbs? Thanks in advance 🙂

    • — Nora on October 2, 2017
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    • Gluten-free bread crumbs would work well here. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 2, 2017
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      • Thanks Jenn, I ended up using crushed rice crackers and they worked perfectly!
        I really liked the addition of the veggies, it was both Yummy and Gluten free – bonus!

        • — Nora on October 3, 2017
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  • We really enjoyed this meatloaf tonight! I paired it with cauliflower/mashed potatoes and a tossed salad and we were very satisfied! Both my husband and I added a sprinkle of salt (we rarely do this), but otherwise every bite was tasty! I did bake mine is a 2-piece meatloaf pan that has a drainer so the fats can be pulled away from the loaf. Probably because of that, it needed an extra 15 minutes in the oven. I will make this again!

    • — Kathy E. on September 20, 2017
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  • The most flavourful meatloaf hands down,followed the recipe exactly,served with mashed potatoes and salad and we made sandwiches with left over the next day, soooooo good!
    Julie from Halifax, Canada

    • — Julie S on September 19, 2017
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  • This is by far the best meatloaf recipe we have ever eaten. It is so moist and flavorful. With his first bite, my husband proclaimed that this recipe is definitely one to keep and I concur. Simply delicious!!!!

    Thank you for your hard work and sharing your undeniable talent with all of us.

    • — Suzanne on August 18, 2017
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  • This is the best meatloaf I ever made! I used one pound 85 lean and one pound of 90 lean grass fed beef – amazing!

    • — Marla on August 5, 2017
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  • Once again, another great recipe. The Italian Meatloaf was absolutely delicious and my husband loved it.
    I’m not a fan of Meatloaf and I have to say this recipe is a really good one. Will definitely be making it again and again.
    Thanks,
    Suzanne

    • — Suzanne Decker on July 22, 2017
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  • I previously read that this recipe freezes well. Do you freeze it before or after cooking? And if it’s after then how do you reheat?

    • — P on June 17, 2017
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    • You really can freeze it cooked or uncooked, but I usually freeze meatloaf after cooking it. I’d recommend wrapping it in foil before putting it in a freezer bag and then reheating it at 300 degrees until hot in the middle.

      • — Jenn on June 17, 2017
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  • Finally a meatloaf recipe that even my teenage son loves! Made exactly as written and it didn’t disappoint. Thanks for another great recipe.

    • — Lynn on March 27, 2017
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  • Great meatloaf. My critics didn’t like finding “bits of orange” and immediately questioned if I was trying to slip something past them. Sigh, and they even like carrots! Next time, I would try adding mushrooms instead of the grated carrots and serve the carrots as a side dish.

    This is a very moist tasty meatloaf. I doubled the recipe because of the amounts of meat I had. It was a real time saver as I had one for tonight and one for later.

    • — Ty on March 22, 2017
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  • I made this tonight as we celebrated the first day of spring as Jenn suggested. The only change I made was I added an extra clove of garlic cause we really like garlic. It tasted great. Usually I put a sweet glaze on top of my meatloaf, but this was a really nice change for something different. I will be making this one again for sure!

    • — Cheryl Q on March 20, 2017
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  • Could I use this recipe for meatballs?

    • — Lynne on February 27, 2017
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    • Hi Lynne, I think you could. I do have an actual meatball recipe that’s pretty similar to the flavors in this meatloaf.

      • — Jenn on February 27, 2017
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  • Excellent results every time & everyone loved this meatloaf! Made it 3 times. Here’s what I did: no pork, no cheese. Marinara sauce is the better choice (tried a tomato basil sauce-just ok). Sprinkled the bread crumbs over the sauteed vegetables and combined.

    • — Sandra on February 15, 2017
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  • Hi Jenn,
    My willingness to even try a meatloaf recipe is a testament to the wonderful success I’ve enjoyed with all of your recipes. Just wondering, can I sub Italian-flavored panko for the breadcrumbs?

    • — Linda on January 15, 2017
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    • So glad you’re going to give it a try! Yes, panko would work here. Hope you enjoy it.

      • — Jenn on January 16, 2017
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  • Is it possible to freeze this recipe?

    • — H+ on January 15, 2017
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    • sure, it freezes nicely!

      • — Jenn on January 16, 2017
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  • I hate meatloaf.
    Okay, let me rephrase that, I hated meatloaf.

    Never being a lover of meatloaf, one random day, I had a craving for it. I don’t know why, but I did. So, of course, I turned nowhere else but to Jenns recipes because if I was going to love a meatloaf, it was going to be on onceuponachef.

    Once again, not disappointed.

    Use high quality ground beef and ingredients. I feel like a lot of people don’t use the right parm-reggiano cheese, which even though can seem pricey, is so worth the cost. So hunt for that cheese! You won’t regret it!

    The only thing in this recipe I substitute is the pork. I just buy 85% lean beef and use that for the whole loaf. We like pork but try to avoid it if we can. Using all beef has worked out for me and it tastes amazing. I’m sure the pork gives it a softer/juicier consistency but if you can’t have pork, all beef still tastes great.

    My sister, an avid hater of meatloaf (she pretty much dislikes anything meaty) had two slices, something I never thought I’d ever see in my life.

    Leftovers taste amazing!

    I usually make it with homemade biscuits, mashed potatoes and green beans with olive oil and a little sea salt.

    Also, a note on my picky eater- he still picked some of the carrots out but said that he loved the meatloaf overall and he had a nice big piece. I guess I’ll have to get those carrots even smaller next time!

    • — Celeste on December 5, 2016
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    • Thank you, Celeste for your review. I do not eat pork, so I was glad to see that it works well as an all beef meatloaf. Thanks for sharing your comments. Looking forward to trying this.

      • — Diane on January 15, 2017
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  • I needed a recipe that I could use to make a meatloaf that had a different flavor profile than the ordinary run of the mill meatloaf. I found this recipe on Jenn’s website & decided to give it a try. I’m not sure why I chose to do this for a family gathering for the very first time I made it, but I did! Everyone loved it, coming back for seconds, asking for the recipe. It has the perfect proportions of ingredients & chopping things finely in the food processor helped distribute the veggies well throughout the meat loaf. What very little that was left over was fought over for the privilege of taking home for leftovers! I’ve since made it with ground chicken, adding shredded mozzarella & parmesan cheese to it. Wonderful as well!

    • — Aletha Karen Bass on December 1, 2016
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  • Great flavorful meatloaf. We skipped the marinara and instead dip in ketchup.

    • — Chad Bohl on November 30, 2016
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  • Wow Jenn! Another keeper recipe. I’ve made a lot of meatloaves over the years, but this was one of the best. Adding it into the rotation. Thank you!

    • — Allyson on November 29, 2016
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  • This is my new go to meatloaf! Turns out perfectly every time:)

    • — Jena on November 28, 2016
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  • I have now turned my youngest daughter on to the OUAC website as her go-to for recipes (besides mom!) She tried this meatloaf recipe a few days ago for her and her boyfriend and LOVED it! She followed the recipe to the letter and said it turned out great, was nice and moist and flavorful.

    • — Cheryl Burney on October 12, 2016
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  • Yesterday was a chilly Sunday evening and I was looking to make a great old fashion comfort food dish for a chill Sunday dinner. Look no further. I found this wonderful meatloaf recipe to make and thought it would be ideal to pair it with your potatoes au gratin recipe. …..This meatloaf recipe was simply amazing and so easy to make, it is a classic! Once again thank you Jenn for all your incredible dishes.

    • — Celeste on October 10, 2016
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  • We were craving meatloaf last night so what do I do – onceuponachef.com is always my first stop and this recipe did not disappoint!! Thank you so much Jenn!

    • — Tamera Gjesdal on October 6, 2016
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  • Could you mix all of the meatloaf ingredients together the nite before, place it in a bowl in the fridge but then not cook it until the next day?

    • — marny mccain on September 27, 2016
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    • Yes, that should work Marny. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on September 27, 2016
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  • This meatloaf was delicious and eaten enthusiastically by my two young-ish kiddos, who are good eaters generally but tend to resist new recipes. I couldn’t find meatball mix and used one pound each 85% lean organic beef and pork. The fat baked off nicely, and the loaf was flavorful and moist. My only note is that it was quite dense and filling….one slice goes a long way.
    P.s. I am 5 for 5 with your recipes and coming back for more! Thanks for a great site!

    • — Dot on September 22, 2016
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  • Hi. I’ve just stumbled across this recipe and thought I would give it a try. Meatloaf isn’t something we’re big on here in England but it looks scrummy so thought I would give it a try. We don’t have Marinara sauce here – but we do have various jars of pasta sauces – do you know a good substitute or what is in a Marinara sauce so I can look for something similar? Many thanks.

    • — Jacqueline on August 31, 2016
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    • Hi Jacqueline, Marinara sauce is a red sauce usually made with tomatoes, garlic, onions, and herbs, so if you can find a pasta sauce resembling that, it should work well. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 31, 2016
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  • pork shank receipe please

    • — dororthy mcelduff on June 29, 2016
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    • Hi Dorothy, I will add a pork shank recipe to my list of recipes to potentially develop. Thanks for the suggestion as I am always looking for new inspiration!

      • — Jenn on June 29, 2016
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  • This recipe was easy to follow and the results were moist and delicious! I did not have anything but 80% lean ground beef and decided to give it a try. I am looking forward to trying it again following it with the exacts meats called for. A definite keeper. Thank you for another terrific recipe!

    • — Maria R on April 15, 2016
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  • Made this last night for dinner. It was the best meatloaf ever . Thank you for another amazing recipe.

    • — Lisa m on April 13, 2016
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  • I don’t know why I haven’t came across Once Upon a Chef until now. For the first time I find recipes that I love making and taste GREAT!

    • — Danielle on April 7, 2016
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    • I also just came across this site which is amazing that I haven’t before since I am always on the internet looking for recipes. I have already printed out 4 that I am going to try. Can’t wait.

      • — Dave on October 4, 2016
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  • Amazing, as usual. Hands down the best meatloaf I’ve ever had. I don’t eat pork so used all ground beef and it was still outstanding. The Rao’s marinara totally makes it! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • — Jen W. on April 5, 2016
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  • In a word, OUTSTANDING!!! A home run. Thanks for the loved by all recipe.

    • — Colette on April 3, 2016
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  • Hi Jen, just need some substitution advice:
    What is another cheese I can use other than Parmigiano-Reggiano ?

    Substitution for Italian breadcrumbs?

    Substitution for Worcester sauce can I use steak sauce?

    I am also trying to cut down on the amount of sodium, love meatloaf but family member has sodium restriction.
    Thanks a bunch.

    • — Shell on March 21, 2016
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    • Hi Shell, If you can’t find Parmigiano-Reggiano, other options are Romano, Asiago or Grana Padano. Also, you could omit the cheese and increase the breadcrumbs to 3/4 cup. You could use plain breadcrumbs instead of Italian and just add a pinch of dried Italian seasonings like basil and oregano to taste. And Lea and Perrins makes a reduced-sodium version of Worcestershire sauce if you’d prefer to go that route.

      • — Jenn on March 21, 2016
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  • This was delicious and super moist. Rave reviews from all family members! It crumbled slightly as I cut which I think is because i was lazy when chopping veggies and didn’t do fine enough. Will use food processor next time.

    • — Sara on January 27, 2016
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  • I made this meatloaf along with the big Italian salad and the Parmesan smashed potatoes for dinner on Sunday. My husband and teenagers said it was one of the best meals I’ve ever made! Life is busy and with school and sports and part time jobs, it’s hard to get us all together at meal time. I think if I keep cooking your recipes, family meal time will happen more often!! Thank you!

    • — Maureen on January 27, 2016
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  • Thanks Jenn for this delicious recipe, made this for my family yesterday and they Loved it.

    • — Wilma Flores on January 21, 2016
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  • Made this meatloaf last night and it was fantastic. My kids don’t usually like meatloaf so I followed what you said and told them it was a meatball recipe but it was quicker to make it in a loaf. They actually ate it and enjoyed it. I had to make a last minute substitution because I was out of celery. I kept staring at the zucchini I had in the drawer and decided to throw it in the food processor as well. It was a great substitution. The loaf was very moist.

    • — Michelle on January 20, 2016
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    • I’m making this now and was considering the same thing; no celery, hmmm what about that zucchini..glad to hear it worked!

      • — Gwyneviere on January 5, 2017
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  • Great meatloaf! The best tasting I’ve ever made. Thank you so much. One comment, and I believe it is my fault… When the meatloaf is mixed by hand, is it possible to make it dense or tough if it is handled to much?

    • — Colleen on January 19, 2016
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    • Hi Colleen, Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, it is possible to overmix — you want to mash it until just combined. It’s also possible that you overcooked it (your oven might run a little hot), so maybe reduce the cook time by 5 minutes next time. If that doesn’t fix it, increase the bread crumbs to 3/4 cup and/or add a bit more veggies.

      • — Jenn on January 20, 2016
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  • This was the most flavorful meatloaf I have ever had! Thank you so much!

    • — Colleen on January 19, 2016
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  • I just made the meatloaf, turned out wonderful! Never really knew what ‘meatloaf’ was until I moved to Canada, and even then I thought it would be boring and bland..I mean who would just bake a hunk of ground meat like that…but I really love this recipe!!!! It was flavorful and not dry at all. Definitely a keeper and will be making it again, was very easy to do after you mix the ingredients and shape the loaf the oven does the rest, and loved how it made the house smell. I didn’t have marinara sauce but used rosee pasta sauce instead and I also did not have celery but just used more carrot and some green onions.

    • — Lian on January 19, 2016
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  • Do you have an Italian meatball recipe already on the site, or should I just make meatballs out of your meatloaf recipe? Do you think it would work? I need some meatballs! Thanks, Jenn.

    • — Christy on January 16, 2016
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    • Hi Christy, I have several meatball recipes on the site, but the one closest to what you may be looking for is from this Spaghetti and Meatball recipe. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 16, 2016
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  • My family has an aversion to meatloaf…not this one! I have made several recipes but this is the one! It’s a keeper!!! I just fed 4 boys your meatloaf and they are HAPPY!!!

    • — Joy Rabbini on January 15, 2016
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  • i love to read and analyze recipes before ever i try them out. this one is a keeper. i don’t like too much tomato in my loaf, and this has just a bit on top; fine, i can deal. it’s missing my fave bacon latticework, but it IS a giant meatball, so no bacon — pancetta, maybe?

    • — Hollis Ramsey on January 15, 2016
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    • Hollis, You could absolutely add pancetta along with the veggies. I’m sure it’d be delicious. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out.

      • — Jenn on January 15, 2016
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  • Hi there Jen,
    I have been looking for a good recipe for meatloaf for a long time. It’s difficult as in Australia Meatloaf isn’t a popular dish. When I saw you added one I knew it would be amazing and tried it straight away. It was excellent, really delicious and easy to make. My Husband also loved it.
    Just a note, when you change to metric measurements on this recipe, not all the pound measurements change to g/ kg. Just a minor note. Also on metric perhaps you could also change the degrees F to degrees Celsius. Just a thought to make it easier for people cooking metric.
    Thanks so much for all your amazing recipes, Your website is absolutely amazing.
    Talia

    • — Talia Eldridge on January 14, 2016
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    • So glad you and your husband enjoyed it, Talia! Thanks for letting me know about the conversions — that was an oversight and it has been corrected 🙂

      • — Jenn on January 15, 2016
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  • Hello. New subscriber here, really enjoying your website. Can I make this same meatloaf using ground turkey? I’ve tried making turkey meatloaf previously the texture & taste was always a litte off.

    • — Justine on January 14, 2016
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    • Justine, I think it’d work, although it’s not likely to be quite as juicy. If you really want to use turkey, you may want to try this recipe.

      • — Jenn on January 15, 2016
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  • QUESTION: The recipe looks wonderful, especially adding finely chopped vegetables. Again, the question of adding onion, as they cause us gastric distress.

    • — Milla Isaacson on January 14, 2016
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    • Hi Milla, If you’re concerned about the onions causing stomach distress, you could substitute an equal amount of carrots instead. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 15, 2016
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  • Have you tried making this meatloaf with turkey instead of beef/pork?

    • — marcia mandell on January 14, 2016
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    • Marcia, I think it’d work, although it’s not likely to be quite as juicy. If you really want to use turkey, you may want to try this recipe.

      • — Jenn on January 15, 2016
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  • Hi Jenn,

    How can I substitute the Parmesan cheese to make this recipe kosher?
    Thanks!

    • — Jenny on January 14, 2016
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    • Jenny, you can just omit the cheese. I’d increase the breadcrumbs to 3/4 cup too. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 15, 2016
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