Italian Meatloaf is a comfort food classic dinner. This meatloaf mixture includes spices, egg, Italian style bread crumbs, Pecorino Romano cheese, and my secret ingredient, shredded zucchini! This is the perfect way to sneak vegetables into your meal. Even the pickiest eater won't notice.
Calories 189 kcal
Glass Baking Dish
For the Meatloaf: 1 lb Lean Ground Beef ½ cup Italian Style Bread crumbs ¼ cup Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese ½ cup Shredded Zucchini 1 Egg 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning 1 teaspoon Dried Onion Flakes ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt For the Sauce: 1 15 oz. Can Tomato Sauce ½ cup Brown Sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, grated Pecorino Romano cheese, shredded zucchini, egg, Italian seasoning, dried onion flakes, garlic powder, ground black pepper into the bowl. Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray. Shape the meat into a loaf in the glass baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes. While meatloaf cooks, mix together the tomato sauce and the brown sugar until incorporated. Set to the side. Remove the meatloaf from the oven. Pour half the sauce on top of the meatloaf. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the meatloaf from the oven, let sit for 5 minutes before slicing. Heat the remaining sauce and serve on the side.
Sauce - You can make this homemade sweet tomato sauce glaze or you can simply top with ketchup. Or keep the meatloaf naked and top with brown gravy.
Moist Meatloaf - See my FAQs above about how I like to add both egg and some zucchini to the ground beef. These two items will help keep the meatloaf moist.
Double - To serve more people, simply double this recipe. Add an additional 20 minutes of baking time on to your meatloaf.
Substitutions - If you want to make this gluten free, simply use a gluten free breadcrumb for this recipe. Serving: 0.25 lbs | Calories: 189 kcal | Carbohydrates: 37 g | Protein: 6 g | Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 38 mg | Sodium: 867 mg | Potassium: 424 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 27 g | Vitamin A: 503 IU | Vitamin C: 9 mg | Calcium: 126 mg | Iron: 2 mg