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Slow-Cooked Pizzaiola Meat Loaf

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Cook: 4 hours


8 servings

I like to add Italian Castelvetrano olives to the meat loaf mixture in this recipe. They're bright green, very mild and fruity, and are available in the deli section of the grocery store. —Ann Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts
Slow-Cooked Pizzaiola Meat Loaf Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped sweet red, yellow or green peppers
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 pound meat loaf mix (equal parts ground beef, pork and veal)
  • Optional: Pizza sauce and shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Cut three 25x3-in. strips of heavy-duty foil; crisscross so they resemble spokes of a wheel. Place strips on bottom and up sides of a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Coat strips with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, peppers and mushrooms; cook and stir until tender, 4-6 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, bread crumbs, cheese, Italian seasoning, salt and reserved cooked vegetables. Add turkey and meat loaf mix; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into a loaf; transfer to slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until a thermometer reads at least 160°. Using foil strips as handles, remove meat loaf to a platter. If desired, serve with pizza sauce and Parmesan.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Traditional pizzaiola is typically made with meat slow-simmered in tomato sauce until tender. The dish has a flavor that's similar to pizza.
  • If you don't have meat loaf mix on hand, this meat loaf can be made with all ground beef.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 slice: 356 calories, 19g fat (6g saturated fat), 139mg cholesterol, 551mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein.

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