Meatloaf is one of America’s favorite comfort foods and this Italian Style Meatloaf will not disappoint! We serve it with pasta and it is almost like eating spaghetti and meatballs. The best part is that its easy to prepare and can even be assembled in advance. Sometimes I make a double batch and freeze one for one of those days when I didn’t make a dinner plan. The meatloaf is full of flavor and is perfect for a busy weeknight or a Sunday Supper!
Italian Style Meatloaf
- 1 1/2 lbs Ground Turkey or Beef
- 1 Cup Marinara Sauce
- 1/4 Cup Onion, Chopped
- 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley, Finely Chopped
- 3/4 Cup Oats
- 1 Egg, Beaten
- 1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
- Salt & Pepper, To Taste
- 1/2 – 1 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes, optional
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella, optional
- 1 Package of Pasta, prepared as directed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, marinara, onion and parsley. Next add the last and beaten egg. Once you have mixed the ingredients together, season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. If desired, add in the red pepper flakes.
Form the mixture into a “loaf” in the baking pan. Sprinkle any remaining chopped parsley over the top and bake for 40-50 minutes. While the meatloaf is baking, prepare the pasta as directed, then mix with desired amount of remaining marinara sauce.
In the last 5 minutes of baking, add mozzarella over the top of the meatloaf, if you choose to use it. (*Sometimes I stuff the mozzarella into the center of the meatloaf when forming it. For this, I increase the amount to about 1 cup.)
Remove pan from oven, drain any fat that may be in the pan, then transfer the pasta to the baking pan, around the meatloaf. Serve with a salad and you have a balanced meal!
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