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Italian Meatloaf Recipe


Italian Meatloaf

Italian Meatloaf

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Italian Meatloaf Recipe

This Italian meatloaf recipe is moist and full of great flavor. Using prepared pesto and roasted red peppers from a jar makes this recipe for meatloaf easy, too.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup finely diced zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers from a jar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp. prepared pesto
  • 3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lbs. ground beef


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.

  2. In a medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes until onion softens.

  3. Add zucchini. Saute another 2 minutes, until all of the vegetables are soft.

  4. Stir in red peppers and ketchup. Remove from heat. Set aside.

  5. Crack the egg into a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients (through ground beef) and half of the zucchini-ketchup mixture. Mix gently with your clean hands.

  6. Pat mixture into prepared loaf pan. Spread the remaining zucchini-ketchup mixture evenly over the top of the meatloaf.

  7. Bake in preheated oven 50-60 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the middle reads 160 degrees F.

  8. Let meatloaf rest 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with garlic mashed potatoes and roasted green beans.

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