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Italian Pizza Meat Loaf

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing


2 loaves (8 servings each)

If you have kids who protest when they hear meat loaf is on the menu, just try keeping them away from this cheesy, saucy slice, packed with pizza flavors. One bite and there’s no turning back! —Hannah Kleinhans, Milwaukee, WI
Italian Pizza Meat Loaf Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 2/3 cup jarred pizza sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • Additional pizza sauce (warmed) and shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine first 11 ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Divide mixture between two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans.
  2. Bake until a thermometer reads 160°, 50-60 minutes. If desired, top with additional sauce and cheese.

Can you freeze Italian Pizza Meat Loaf?

Shape meat loaves in plastic wrap-lined 9x5-in. loaf pans; cover and freeze until firm. Remove from pans and wrap securely in foil; return to freezer. To use, unwrap meat loaves and bake in pans as directed, increasing time to 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted in center reads 160°. Top as desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 193 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 89mg cholesterol, 408mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

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