Big Meatball Meat Loaf Recipe -

Big Meatball Meatloaf Recipe

I adapted this Big Meatball Meatloaf Recipe from an Italian slow cooker cookbook.  I'm not a huge fan of "slow cooking" meatloaf - but braising it in my cast iron dutch oven?  Win!

I also adjusted the ingredients to make it a bit lighter.  The original called for Beef and Veal.  I don't eat Veal, so I substituted ground Turkey.  I think this has great flavor and my kids love it!

Big Meatball Meat Loaf Recipe -

Big Meatball Meatloaf
Recipe type: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Italian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 lb Ground Beef (80/20 Works best, but you can use leaner)
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, grated or minced fine
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated if you can
  • ½ Cup Italian Bread Crumbs (plain work too)
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley, minced
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Pepper
  • 1 Jar Marinara Sauce, I like Newman's Own or Barilla
  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray the interior of your cold dutch oven with cooking spray
  3. In a large bowl mix the eggs, cheese, garlic, parsley, salt & pepper well.
  4. Add in the bread crumbs & ground meat and mix with your hands GENTLY until well combined
  5. Shape into a loaf and place in your dutch oven - it can be round if you need it to, no big deal
  6. Pour the Tomato sauce over the top and cover
  7. Bake at 375 for 1 hour, remove the cover and check the internal temperature - you want it to read 165 to 170
  8. Continue to cook uncovered until you get the right temperature.
  9. Enjoy


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