Parmesan Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a great classic.  I was intrigued by this recipe when I stumbled across it.  It combines beef with turkey, and uses marinara sauce instead of the classic ketchup on top.  The meat was moist and has great flavor.  I served my slow cooker mashed potatoes on the side.  The perfect combination!

Start by preheating your oven to 350…

  • Place 1 pound of ground beef into a large bowl.

  • Add 1 pound of ground turkey.

  • Add 2 eggs.

  • Pour in 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs.  (I used whole wheat.)
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme.

  • Sprinkle in 1/2 teaspoon dried basil.

  • Then, add 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano.

  • Add 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

  • Add 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  • Pour in 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese.

  • Grate in 2 cloves of garlic.

  • Then, grate in 1 small onion.

  • Coat your loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  • Mix the meat mixture to combine all ingredients.  (Don’t overdo it though!)
  • Add the meat to the loaf pan and form into a loaf.

  • Top the meatloaf with marinara sauce.  (I used a store bought sauce to save time.)

  • Place the loaf pan on a cookie sheet and place in the oven.
  • Bake for about 1 hour.
  • Remove the meatloaf from the oven.

  • Top with shredded cheese.  (I used an Italian blend.  Plain old mozzarella would work just fine too!)

  • Place the meatloaf back into the oven and bake until the cheese is melted.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing.

I like to slice from the middle…not quite sure why!

However you slice it, enjoy!

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