• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, seeded, small diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons (about 3 cloves) chopped garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup marinara sauce

Hey everyone! Amanda here, with an everyday at home Italian recipe just for you!

This time, it’s meatloaf, Italian style.

I remember having meatloaf a lot as a kid. In fact, I have never made it as an adult until this recipe. I suppose I was burned out on it. The thought of putting a meatloaf together just didn’t sound appetizing to me. It reminded me of the creepy cafeteria line at my elementary school. I recall seeing the meatloaf sitting there steaming with burnt edges all the while being served with the frozen vegetable medley.

I thought meatloaf was never going to make an appearance in my kitchen until I found this Italian meatloaf recipe! Courtesy of Food Network. Thanks, Food Network, for bringing meatloaf back into my life by throwing an Italian spin on it!


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon 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 cool, combine all of the remaining ingredients together except for the marinara.
  • Pack the meat mixture into an oiled loaf pan, if you do not have a loaf pan, form the meat mixture into a loaf shape on an oiled oven tray or baking dish.
  • Top with the marinara making sure to spread evenly over the top.
  • Bake for approximately 50 to 60 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees F in the middle of the meatloaf.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice and serve.
So there you have it. A delicious (and I mean DEE-LIC-IOUS) meatloaf with a splash of Italian!
From my kitchen to yours,
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