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Italian Sausage Meatloaf

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If you love Italian flavors and meatballs, this Italian sausage meatloaf recipe is for you. It combines sausage with ground beef, marinara sauce, and plenty of cheese.

Dinner plate with two slices of Italian sausage meatloaf, roasted potatoes, and roasted green beans.

This Italian meatloaf is classic comfort with a twist. The marinara keeps the flavorful meat mixture moist, and the cheese makes it extra delicious.

You can serve it with classic meatloaf side dishes like mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese.

Ingredients including ground beef, Italian sausage, bell pepper, onion, eggs, bread crumbs, marinara sauce and Worcestershire sauce ready to be made into Italian meatloaf.

We enjoyed it with roasted potatoes and roasted green beans. But it would also be delicious served with pasta like spaghetti and meatloaf instead of spaghetti and meatballs.

What Makes This Meatloaf Extra Tasty

The blend of ground beef and Italian sausage gives you the best of both worlds. The beef gives you the classic meatloaf flavor.

The sausage adds big flavor and plenty of richness. The combination almost guarantees your meatloaf won’t be dry or boring.

It makes a nice big loaf, so you can feed a crowd or get a couple of meals out of it. The leftovers make great sandwiches or cut some into bite-sized pieces and stir it into pasta.

If you want longer storage. Wrap cooked meatloaf and freeze for up to three months.

You can easily change it up. If you like more spice, use hot Italian sausage and add some red pepper flakes.

Prepping Your Meatloaf in Advance

You can prep the meatloaf up to a day ahead of time. Just shape it and cover it with plastic wrap.

Just take it out of the refrigerator while you preheat the oven to take the chill off. Then, add a minute or two to the bake time to make sure it is cooked through.

Use a meat thermometer in the middle of the meatloaf to make sure it’s done. It should read around 165F in the center.

More Meatloaf Recipes

If you like Italian flavors in your meatloaf, you will love chicken Parmesan meatloaf. It is stuffed with cheese and pesto for an extra tasty meal.

Or try making a stuffed meatball meatloaf. It is made with beef and plenty of cheese and pesto.

Maybe you are in the mood for more southwestern flavors. Then you should make a Mexican meatloaf instead.

For a quicker dinner, make mini meatloaf sheet pan dinner. The potatoes and vegetables cook on the same pan as the meatloaves for a whole meal on one pan.

Dinner plate with two slices of Italian sausage meatloaf, roasted potatoes, and roasted green beans.

Italian Sausage Meatloaf

Servings: 16 Servings
Author: Carlee
This Italian meatloaf is classic comfort with a twist. The marinara keeps the flavorful meat mixture moist, and the cheese makes it extra delicious.
4.77 from 21 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 2 cups marinara sauce divided

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Dice onion and green pepper relatively finely.
    1 small onion, 1 bell pepper
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté diced onion and pepper until the onions are translucent and everything is softened.
    1 Tablespoon oil
  • Set aside 1 cup of marinara sauce and 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.
    2 cups marinara sauce, 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Put everything else (including the remaining marinara and cheese) in a large glass mixing bowl. Use your hands to mix until uniform.
    1 lb. lean ground beef, 1 lb. Italian sausage, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon oregano, 2 large eggs, 1 cup Italian bread crumbs, ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Form into a meatloaf in the center of a 9×13-inch pan. Top with remaining marinara sauce.
  • Bake for 50 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake 10 more minutes or until the cheese is melted and the center of the meatloaf registers at least 160°F on a meat thermometer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 285kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 20gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 645mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Beverly

Wednesday 27th of December 2023

This is a 5+ star meatloaf.

Carlee

Wednesday 27th of December 2023

Thank you!

Beverly

Wednesday 27th of December 2023

I’ve made this before and making it again tonight as requested by husband. It’s a very good, flavorful meatloaf.

Carlee

Wednesday 27th of December 2023

That makes me so happy! You know it's good when it gets requested.

Ria

Wednesday 20th of December 2023

Can you use 2 lbs of ground sausage instead of 1 each of ground beef and ground sausage?

Carlee

Wednesday 20th of December 2023

You definitely can. It will have a stronger sausage flavor that way, which I would love personally! My guys prefer the mix for more of a meatloaf flavor.

Cathy

Saturday 18th of November 2023

The instructions indicate the you divide the marinara and I can see that you put one of the two cups on the meatloaf while baking. Where and when is the 2nd cup used?

Carlee

Saturday 18th of November 2023

The other one is mixed into the meatloaf.

Beverly Carrigan

Tuesday 22nd of August 2023

Should I bake it covered or uncovered?

Carlee

Tuesday 22nd of August 2023

I bake mine uncovered, it is plenty moist. I hope you like it!