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Italian Meat Loaf

"I received the recipe for this moist meat loaf in my high school economics class," recalls Lisa Malone of Cordell, Oklahoma. "At the time, I made it for my mom and dad. Now I fix it for my husband and daughter. We all love it."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce, divided
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion, optional
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper, optional
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a bowl, combine the egg, half of the tomato sauce, bread crumbs, onion and green pepper if desired, 1/2 teaspoon of oregano, salt and pepper. Add beef; mix well.
  • On a large piece of heavy-duty foil, pat meat mixture into a 14x8-in. rectangle. Sprinkle cheeses to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting with a short side and peeling foil away while rolling. Seal seam and ends. Transfer to a microwave-safe glass 9x5-in. loaf pan.
  • Microwave, uncovered, at 50% power for 9 minutes, rotating a half turn once; drain. Continue cooking on 50% power for 14-16 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, rotating a half turn once. In a bowl, combine the remaining tomato sauce and oregano. Pour over meat loaf. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-1/2 minutes. Cover loosely with foil; let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 315 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 119mg cholesterol, 788mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • caitlin4978
    Jul 28, 2012

    This was such a great change from traditional meatloaf! I was initially skeptical about using the microwave but the meatloaf came together great. The melted cheese in the middle of each slice was definitely the best part.

  • Di Cook
    Dec 16, 2011

    I made this omitting the green pepper and adding some finely chopped garlic. What a wonderful meat loaf! Yummy!! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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    Jul 10, 2006

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