Juicy Italian Meat Loaf Recipe

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When It's barbecue season, I make this meat loaf right on the grill! Just cook it covered, for the amount of time indicated. It's mmm-good!—Aleta Balmes, Waukegan, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup V8 juice
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 227 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 540mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, V8 juice, oats, onion, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  2. Place on a large sheet of waxed paper and shape into an 18-in. x 7-in. rectangle. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese to within 1 in. of edges. Starting at a short side, roll up jelly-roll style. Seal edges. Place seam side down in a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and remaining oregano. Bake 15 minutes longer or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Juicy Italian Meat Loaf in Country Ground Beef 1993, p29

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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lvarner User ID: 35803 244754
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2016

"Not difficult to make and it tastes great! I like to substitute garlic salt for the salt, for even more flavor. It's also nice to serve with marinara sauce on the side."

gunslinger User ID: 544392 74138
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014

"Very good, I did not make the rectangle and sprinkle with cheese , I just put half of the meatloaf mixture in the pan, put my cheese in the middle and topped with remaining meat. Probably not as fancy as the rolled up version, but the taste should be the same and much easier!I also used the spicy V-8 juice to give it a little extra kick."

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