Mozzarella Meat Loaf Recipe
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Mozzarella Meat Loaf Recipe

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My children were not fond of meat loaf until I "dressed up" this recipe with pizza flavor. Now the five children are grown and have families of their own, and they still make and serve this hearty, moist meat loaf. — Darlis Wilfer, Phelps, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour 25 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour 25 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup saltine cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can (8 ounce) pizza sauce
  • 3 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese, halved
  • Green pepper rings, optional
  • Sliced mushrooms, optional
  • 2 tablespoons butter, optional
  • Chopped fresh parsley, optional


  1. Mix beef, eggs, crumbs, milk, Parmesan cheese, onion, salt and oregano. Shape into a loaf and place in a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 1-1/4 hours or until no pink remains; drain.
  2. Spoon pizza sauce over loaf and top with mozzarella cheese slices. return to oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  3. Meanwhile, if desired, saute green pepper and mushrooms in butter; arrange on top of meat loaf. Sprinkle with parsley if desire. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Mozzarella Meat Loaf in Taste of Home June/July 1994, p33

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"I made this for the first time about 5 yrs ago. I thought it was the BEST meatloaf in the world!"

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2013

"I love this recipe BUT I changed it to make it better. It ALWAYS disappears! Use 1 pound of beef and 1 pound of Country Pork Sausage. Leave out the salt (unless you feel that you really need it). Instead of saltine crackers, use Ritz Crackers. It is so moist and has a really good flavor."

Reviewed Jun. 9, 2013

"I liked this recipe, it was yummy there are only a couple things I would change/add. I loved the sauce and cheese on top I think if you added some of the sauce in your original mixing it would give it and even yummier flavor! I would put only one egg in there if you go with adding more sauce. If you are a garlic person you could also add some of that in mix as well. All around though I good recipe, and easy to follow. Next time I think I will try some of that deliciousness that was suggested on the top too!"

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"I never liked meat loaf as a kid and now when I make this recipe my kids love it. I use ground venison instead of beef and italian bread crumbs for the crackers. After it is done we slice it and put the sauce and cheese on the individual slices. (That way if you have a traditionalist they can still do the ketchup) Very good."

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2011

"This is my go-to meatloaf recipe. I have been making it for several years now, ever since I found the recipe in a Taste of Home booklet in the magazine rack at the grocery store. I don't change a thing with the recipe. Several family members and friends have asked for the recipe as well and I gladly share!"

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