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Italian Spiral Meat Loaf Recipe

Italian Spiral Meat Loaf Recipe

Take a classic comfort food to delicious new heights with this impressive recipe. Sausage, pizza sauce and mozzarella give this entree its Italian accent. —Megan Krumm, Schererville, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup pizza sauce, divided
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound sliced deli ham
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 jar (6 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, 3/4 cup pizza sauce, bread crumbs, onion, green pepper, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well.
  • 2. On a piece of parchment paper, pat beef mixture into a 12x10-in. rectangle. Layer the ham, 1-1/2 cups cheese and mushrooms over beef mixture to within 1 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side and peeling parchment paper away as you roll. Seal seam and ends. Place seam side down in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; brush with remaining pizza sauce.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, 1 hour. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Using two large spatulas, carefully transfer meat loaf to a serving platter.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled meat loaf in plastic wrap and foil. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Unwrap meat loaf; reheat on a greased shallow baking pan in a preheated 350° oven until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 386 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 130mg cholesterol, 981mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein.

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cherylyoung User ID: 5912806 214224
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"This has a very good and different taste from the usual meat loaf. A nice change of pace. The only thing I changed was to layer the ham, just to make it easier."

fishrgal User ID: 1182152 193075
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014

"I made this recipe exactly as written and it was alright, but not my favorite. The ham just didn't seem to go with the rest of it. I love ham, but did not care for it this way. I will probably make this when I have to feed a lot (will not include ham next time), but my favorite recipe is still Mom's Meat Loaf by Michelle Beran."

LunaFranco User ID: 7979804 194052
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2014


GusPot User ID: 718594 115911
Reviewed May. 23, 2014

"LOVE this meatloaf and I'm not a meatloaf fan! QUESTION: What are the instructions for cooking after freezing? Do I thaw first?"

maddmudder01 User ID: 1600414 131607
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

"This is the only meatloaf my son will eat and the only one I've made for several years now. It will either make two smaller loaves or enough for me to slice and freeze. It reheats well. Excellent recipe - it's a keeper!"

Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 131605
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"I totally agree with the other reviewers. This is a wonderful recipe. The only changes I made was to add a 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese to the meat loaf mixture. Veal, pork and beef. Instead of rolling I simply folded in in half. Much easier to work with. This does make a very large serving. No problem. I cut the meat loaf in 1/2 and placed 1/2 of raw mixture into the freezer all ready to be baked when ready to use. Then I gently reshaped the remaining loaf and baked as directed,

This is by far one of the tastiest meat loafs that I have made in quite a while.
Volunteer Field Editor.( Cooks Corner )"

belleami User ID: 1956689 194049
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"I have made this 3 times, twice I cut recipe in half and it was still great. Good recipe for large group of guests."

santosdebbie2010 User ID: 5528839 114558
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"we loved this recipe! best meat loaf I have tried."

cla565 User ID: 4905181 177303
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012

"My family devours this Meat-loaf every time I make it!"

trixier User ID: 4684272 115901
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012

"This is the best Meatlof I have ever made! Husband approved!!! This hearty and delicious recipe also made a great presentation on a platter. There will be plenty of leftovers as I made it for 2. This recipe could easily be made for a buffet or larger group. Very pleased!!!"

Glenda B User ID: 4673846 122752
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"I have a husband that hates meatloaf. I've tried many different recipes with no luck.

He gave me the go ahead to try this one and he loved it! Thank you for sharing it."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 115899
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"Very hearty meatloaf. Makes great sandwiches the next day."

mariekelly User ID: 1260901 193074
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"Ok I need some help! The first time I made this, it turned out perfect! Great recipe. But every time I've made it since then, the seam comes undone while its baking and the cheese leaks out into the pan. Then when I slice it, its hollow :( Any ideas on how to make it stay together? I did nothing different from the first time, so I dont know what I'm doing wrong everytime since!"

mkbickham User ID: 184669 190506
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"My husband loves this, it is very flavorful and meaty."

GFEZ6 User ID: 2837696 114556
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"I love this meatloaf. Since trying it a couple of months ago, it is the only meatloaf that I make. My family was never fond of meatloaf until I made this one. This is definite a keeper at our house. This recipe does make a big loaf, but sometimes I make two, one for dinner, and one for the freezer. We just love it."

RedRain User ID: 702637 194048
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"Having problems rolling the meatloaf? Use plastic wrap atop a PAM'ed cookie sheet! The cookie sheet helps to form the meatloaf and the plastic wrap makes rolling it a breeze! Just peel the wrap off as you go and gently slide it onto the greased cookie sheet and bake! These chefs make these things far too difficult and parchment paper doesn't have the pliability that plastic wrap has. KISS!"

UpToMe123 User ID: 6133762 194047
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2011

"Great meatloaf recipe - looks a little fancy, but easy to make."

bzdz1128 User ID: 2029232 115896
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"this was absolutely delicious!!"

BDenning User ID: 6066519 115894
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2011

"I made this for my first formal dinner at my new home. Everyone LOVED it and asked for the recipe. I can't wait to make it again, just thinking about it makes my mouth water."

retiredcookie2000 User ID: 788073 212220
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"This meat loaf recipe is definitely a keeper. My husband rated it EXCELLENT! Will always make this meat loaf!"

wildwoman71350 User ID: 1260861 190504
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"My daughter usualy makes the meatloaf but i did this one and it was so good. the best i ever made"

Joy Lang User ID: 5929488 212219
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2011

"For my first meatloaf, seemed like a great recipe."

bubbiesmama User ID: 4895793 193073
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

"I made this recipe as written except for the mushrooms (don't like mushrooms) and I baked it a little longer than stated. I don't care for leftovers, but I ate it four days in a row. I won't make my old meatloaf again. This one is so much better!!"

carmel68 User ID: 4100148 115893
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"I made this with some difficulty rolling it up but it still tasted so good. MY husband passed this recipie to his co-workers."

FruitGal User ID: 4348227 114554
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2011

"I've made it twice and it's really tasty. I have very moist, lean burger (older cow!) and the loaf splits toward the end, but no matter. I haven't used ham or mushrooms and I don't feel any need to add the salt it calls for. We love it!"

booboobear350 User ID: 5532390 131604
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2011

"A M A Z I N G !!!!!!!!!"

lovemyman User ID: 5754778 131602
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"I just made this recipe for the 2nd time, I actually made two and feed 20 people-there wasn't even a crumb left. It is a great meatloaf-and i recommend the 'make ahead mashed potatoes' to go with it, they are pictured with the meatloaf."

paul_stevens123 User ID: 1209529 109306
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"Outstanding recipe! Follow the recipe exactly except divide the meat mixture in two and roll out on aluminum foil or wax paper to fit 2 bread pans. I used 12 oz. of pizza sauce and added the extra to the top. This recipe is definitely a SAVE."

daduk User ID: 1648289 131601
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"This meatloaf was absolutely delicious. The only changes I made were: I used a whole jar of pizza sauce and I used Italian Panko Breadcrumbs. This recipe would be great for a gathering because it makes alot. Will definitely make again. YUM"

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 122751
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"This was VERY good. A nice change from my regular meatloaf. I had to cook for nearly two hours and I also served with spagetti sauce on the side. Makes a ton!"

haley14 User ID: 1887911 212218
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"AWESOME ! Made this last night for dinner exactly to the directions. Absolutely Wonderful ! I can not wait to make it again."

Ginico User ID: 5792205 194046
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"I made this using "mild" Italian sausage, it was still way to spicy. My family said, it's OK, but don't make it again."

angstadtb User ID: 4273645 182523
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"My husband and kids LOVED this meatloaf. If you like a meat lover's pizza, this is everything but the crust!"

Tarheel91 User ID: 5369965 194041
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"I made this as written except for the green pepper since I didn't have one. We loved it. I think I will make it into two loaves next time though. Mine cracked open at the top so maybe you have to do a really good job of mixing everything so it doesn't do that."

s2m7broili9 User ID: 1277169 114551
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"My family LOVED this meat dish. I froze leftovers and reheated it and it again got rave reviews."

chocolatecherry User ID: 5830520 124133
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"Best meatloaf I have ever eaten. I didn't swirl mine but folded it like a stuffed meatloaf and it still came out perfect. My kids loved it! Thanks so much."

nicasmom User ID: 2879692 149256
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"Very good!"

Hope001A User ID: 4362174 194040
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011


My husband hates meat loaf, BUT Loved this one. The only changes I made was I used 1 lb ground beef & 1 lb of italian sausage. I didn't have seasoned bread crumbs, I only had panko Italian bread crumbs. Made my own pizza sauce. Had to cook it longer. (A LOT OF MEAT!) Threw out all my other recipes, don't need them anymore, I've got this one!!! THAN YOU MEGAN for a WONDERFUL MEAT LOAF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You've made me a star w/my husband, he's now a convert!!!!!!!"

GFEZ6 User ID: 2837696 114549
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"This was the best meatloaf I ever made. I will definitely make this again. I prepared it the night before, put it in the frig, and cooked it the next day after work. My son is not fond of ham or mushrooms but he loved this meatloaf. This is definitely a keeper in our house. It makes a lot, but leftovers are great heated up in the microwave, and makes a good meatloaf sandwich. Please try this I truly think you are going to love this meat loaf. Gail NC"

GFEZ6 User ID: 2837696 114547
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"OMG I made this meatloaf tonight. It was the best meatloaf that I have ever tasted. All of my other meatloaf recipes are history. I did not make any changes to this recipe, I think it is perfect. It makes a lot, but I am looking forward to the good sandwiches that it is going to make. When I make it again and I know I will, I will probably turn it into two, one to cook and one to freeze. You have got to try this one. It is wonderful. My family gave it a 10, and they do not even fond of meatloaf. Gail and very happy camper "

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