Italian Cheese-Stuffed Meat Loaf

Cut slices of this juicy meatloaf, intensely flavored with herbs and prepared roasted peppers, to reveal a luscious center of melted cheeses.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 40 min
  • ingredients 12
  • servings 8
 

Ingredients

2
eggs
1 1/2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
2
cups soft French bread crumbs
1/2
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
1/4
cup chopped fresh basil or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
4
cloves garlic, minced
1
can (8 oz) pizza sauce
1 1/2
cups shredded provolone cheese (6 oz)
1
jar (7.25 oz) roasted red bell peppers, drained, chopped
1/4
cup chopped ripe olives

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil; spray foil with cooking spray. In large bowl, beat eggs. Stir in ground beef, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, basil, salt, pepper, garlic and 1/2 cup of the pizza sauce until well combined.
  • 2 On large sheet of foil, shape beef mixture into 12x10-inch rectangle. Top evenly with provolone cheese, roasted peppers and olives to within 1/2 inch of edges. Starting with one 10-inch side, roll up; press seam to seal. Place seam side down in pan.
  • 3 Bake 40 minutes. Remove from oven; spoon remaining pizza sauce over loaf. Insert meat thermometer so bulb reaches center of loaf.
  • 4 Return to oven; bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until loaf is thoroughly cooked in center and thermometer reads 160°F. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil; spray foil with cooking spray. In large bowl, beat eggs. Stir in ground beef, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, basil, salt, pepper, garlic and 1/2 cup of the pizza sauce until well combined.
  • 2 On large sheet of foil, shape beef mixture into 12x10-inch rectangle. Top evenly with provolone cheese, roasted peppers and olives to within 1/2 inch of edges. Starting with one 10-inch side, roll up; press seam to seal. Place seam side down in pan.
  • 3 Bake 40 minutes. Remove from oven; spoon remaining pizza sauce over loaf. Insert meat thermometer so bulb reaches center of loaf.
  • 4 Return to oven; bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until loaf is thoroughly cooked in center and thermometer reads 160°F. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Shape beef mixture on foil and top with cheese, roasted peppers and olives. Use foil to roll up meat loaf.

Place seam side down in foil-lined pan.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
330
(
Calories from Fat
190),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
21g
21%
(Saturated Fat
10g,
10%
),
Cholesterol
120mg
120%;
Sodium
780mg
780%;
Total Carbohydrate
11g
11%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
25g
25%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%;
Vitamin C
40%;
Calcium
30%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.