Layered Italian Meat Loaf

Italian cheeses and spinach embedded between layers of herbed ground-beef add unexpected taste to the center of this meatloaf.

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  • prep time 15 min
  • total time 1 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 6
 

Ingredients

1 1/2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
can (8 oz) tomato sauce with basil, garlic and oregano
1
egg
3/4
cup Progresso® Italian style bread crumbs
1
teaspoon garlic powder
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
cup shredded Italian cheese blend (4 oz)
1
box (9 oz) Green Giant® frozen spinach, thawed, well drained

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  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray or grease with shortening. In large bowl, mix ground beef, 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce, the egg, bread crumbs, garlic powder and pepper. Pat half of meat mixture in pan.
  • 2 Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the cheese over meat mixture. Spread spinach over cheese; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Pat remaining meat mixture on top of cheese. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is in center of loaf.
  • 3 Bake uncovered 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until thoroughly cooked in center and thermometer reads 160°F. Run knife around edges of pan. Place serving platter upside down over pan; turn platter and pan over. Remove pan.
  • 4 In small microwavable bowl, microwave remaining tomato sauce, loosely covered, on High 30 to 60 seconds or until hot; pour over top of meat loaf.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray or grease with shortening. In large bowl, mix ground beef, 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce, the egg, bread crumbs, garlic powder and pepper. Pat half of meat mixture in pan.
  • 2 Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the cheese over meat mixture. Spread spinach over cheese; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Pat remaining meat mixture on top of cheese. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is in center of loaf.
  • 3 Bake uncovered 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until thoroughly cooked in center and thermometer reads 160°F. Run knife around edges of pan. Place serving platter upside down over pan; turn platter and pan over. Remove pan.
  • 4 In small microwavable bowl, microwave remaining tomato sauce, loosely covered, on High 30 to 60 seconds or until hot; pour over top of meat loaf.

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Expert Tips

Layer 1/2 of meat mixture, 1/2 cup cheese, the spinach and remaining cheese. Pat remaining 1/2 of meat mixture over cheese.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
350
(
Calories from Fat
180),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
19g
19%
(Saturated Fat
8g,
8%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
120mg
120%;
Sodium
700mg
700%;
Total Carbohydrate
15g
15%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
29g
29%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
60%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
25%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.