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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

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.
4.69 from 16 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dinners
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Servings
Calories 285 kcal

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.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté diced onion and pepper until the onions are translucent and everything is softened.
  • Set aside 1 cup of marinara sauce and 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Put everything else in a large glass mixing bowl. Use your hands to mix until uniform.
  • 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
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This Italian meatloaf is classic comfort with a twist. The marinara keeps the flavorful meat mixture moist, and the cheese makes it extra delicious.

Thanks for sharing!

Recipe Rating




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!

Robin

Thursday 10th of August 2023

I can't wait to make this recipe! My father and I love meatloaf. This is a great twist. Leftovers are our favorite too. You love the meal it's self. But, the sandwiches and just picking at throughout the day. Hmm can't wait. Thanks for sharing. Tomorrow meatloaf

Carlee

Thursday 10th of August 2023

Yes, the sandwiches are usually as good as the first meal. I hope you love the meatloaf!

Dana Berning

Tuesday 8th of August 2023

I think I will love this recipeI can’t wait to make it.

Carlee

Wednesday 9th of August 2023

I hope you enjoy it!

Helen

Tuesday 8th of August 2023

Just found your recipe. Going to try tomorrow. Thanks for sharing

Carlee

Tuesday 8th of August 2023

I hope you like it as much as we do!

Sandy ReesSandy

Sunday 9th of July 2023

I love this recipe! Can’t wait to make it!!

Carlee

Sunday 9th of July 2023

It's really tasty!