Italian Meatloaf For the Win!
A few weeks ago, my siblings were sick with Covid and I wanted to prepare a couple of dinners to take and leave on their porch. Since your taste is so affected by this nasty virus, I asked if there was anything that sounded good to eat. They requested Meatloaf with mashed potatoes or my homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. (You can find the recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup here: https://sanctuary-ridge.com/2020/07/21/sanctuary-ridge-family-recipes-moms-chicken-noodle-soup/. )
I decided to just make both recipes. Since I was in the kitchen anyway, I doubled the recipes to feed both our families. After dropping Noah off for a couple of classes, I made the porch drop-off delivery and texted my family to let them know dinner was on their porch! I am happy to say that they came through the illness fine. I’ve spent many sleepless nights praying for family and friends lately as they battle for their lives. All I know to do is pray, drop off supplies on porches, and cook.
Traditional or Not?
I recently made Smoked Meatloaf, which was loaded with veggies like bell peppers, onions and garlic. The recipe for that can be found here: https://sanctuary-ridge.com/2021/09/03/sanctuary-ridge-family-recipes-smoked-meatloaf/. After serving the Italian Meatloaf, my husband and son wondered why it tasted so different. They LOVED the smoked meatloaf. The Italian Meatloaf is more traditional so they were surprised when I made it instead of the smoked meatloaf. I didn’t want to serve the new recipe to my brother and his family because when they asked for meatloaf, they were probably thinking of the more traditional version. We enjoyed the Italian Meatloaf, but our favorite so far is the smoked meatloaf.
- Foil Loaf Pan
- Large Mixing Bowl and spoon
- garlic press
- Knife and cutting board or food processor
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves minced or pressed garlic
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 TBSP Fresh Basil, chopped
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup fine bread crumbs Panko Bread Crumbs
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese Add extra to the topping if desired.
- 1/2 Jar Garlic Pasta Sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, onion, garlic, egg, salt, bread crumb, Basil, parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.
- Shape the meatloaf and place in prepared foil loaf pan. Top with 1/2 jar of garlic pasta sauce. Cover with foil.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches at least 160 degrees.
- Top with additional shredded parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
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