Layered Italian Meat Loaf

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

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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