My husband and son really enjoyed my Cajun Meatloaf creation, click HERE for recipe, so I decided to experiment with Italian Meatloaf. My twist was instead of making one or two giant meatloaves – I would portion them into individual serving sizes. These turned out GREAT. The kiddo really loved these – and being the carnivore that he is – he wanted two the first night we had them. They are savory, a little bit spicy, and can be warmed up in the microwave for dinner in a flash. Enjoy with some pasta or a salad – and dinner is served!
1 ½ white onions, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 ½ tablespoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (can use less or none – depending upon your taste and tolerance for “spicy”)
½ cup – ¾ cup beef broth
1 cup tomato-basil spaghetti sauce (I like Trader Joe’s brand, or Classico)
1 ½ cups Italian bread crumbs (I use Progresso)
2 – 2 ½ lbs ground beef (I used 85% lean one time and 93% lean the other. Turned out great both ways)
2 eggs, beaten
Handful of chopped flat leaf parsley
Additional spaghetti sauce to spread on top of the meatloaves
Heat a large skillet; drizzle olive oil into it. Add onions and garlic; sauté until translucent – but be careful not to burn. Add beef broth as needed to keep onions from sticking and burning.
Add basil, oregano, pepper flakes, remaining beef broth and 1 cup of spaghetti sauce. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
In a large bowl combine bread crumbs, eggs, flat leaf parsley and onion mixture. Thoroughly combine.
Add ground beef to the onion/breadcrumb mixture. Using a large spoon – or your hands – mix well.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Form the meat mixture into 8 individual meat loaves.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Top each meatloaf with 2 -3 spoons of spaghetti sauce. Return to oven and continue cooking for 30 - 35 more minutes.
Remove from oven and enjoy immediately. Or, these can be refrigerated and heated in the microwave (approximately 1 minute) for lunch or an easy dinner on a busy weeknight.