Italian Spin on American Meatloaf

Italian Spin on American Meatloaf

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Meatloaf Cooked Side View

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef chuck
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp minced dried garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/3 cup fresh onion diced
  • 1/2 red sweet bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh mushrooms diced
  • 3/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Mix everything but the ground beef and bread crumbs with a fork in a large bowl. Add ground beef and breadcrumbs and mix thoroughly by hand. Form into a loaf in the middle of a 9X13 glass baking pan. Do not allow loaf to touch sides of pan. Form a very shallow recess into the top of the loaf for topping.

Meatload Uncooked 1

“Form into a loaf in the middle of a 9X13 glass baking pan.”

Meatloaf topping ingredients

  • 3/4 – 1 can of tomato soup
  • salt
  • basil
  • minced garlic
  • ground black pepper

Mix tomato soup and dry ingredients (generously according to taste) in a small bowl. When thoroughly mixed, spread over top of loaf within the recessed area. Bake uncovered in a 350 degree preheated oven for 1 hour 15 minutes or until meat thermometer reaches 160 degrees and meat is no longer pink in the middle. Let stand 5 minutes and remove from pan. Slice and serve.

Meatloaf Uncooked 2

“When thoroughly mixed, spread over top of loaf within the recessed area.”

*Remember that undercooked ground beef can cause serious illness. Always cook meat to a safe temperature before serving. See the Safe Minimum Cooking Temperature chart from the US government.

Meatloaf Cooked full view

Meatloaf ready to be cut and served

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