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Recipe revamp: Italian sausage meat loaf

Almost everyone has a traditional family meat loaf recipe, and it’s hard to go wrong with a classic. But a little boost of flavour can take your meat loaf from bland to grand.

Meatloaf with ketchup from SheKnows

The addition of Italian sausage and Parmesan makes this a perfectly seasoned and savoury loaf, and it might just become your new go-to favourite.

Italian sausage meat loaf

Serving size 6


  • 1 pound (approximately 500 grams) lean ground beef
  • 1 pound (approximately 500 grams) ground pork
  • 2 large Italian sausages (spicy or mild or a combination of both, depending on your taste), casings removed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/2 cups Italian bread (cut into small cubes; day-old is preferable)
  • 1/3 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 (156-millilitre) can of tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • Olive oil

Meatloaf ingredients from SheKnows


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, add the ground beef, ground pork and Italian sausage.
  3. Soak the cubes of bread in the milk.
  4. Add the egg, milk-soaked bread, garlic, basil, Parmesan cheese and tomato paste to the meat blend.
  5. Sprinkle in the kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, and then mix. Don’t over-mix; use your hands and mix until just combined.
  6. Lightly grease a loaf pan with olive oil.
  7. Scoop the meat mixture into the pan, and cook for 1 hour or until thoroughly cooked.
  8. Top off the meat loaf with your favourite tomato sauce, and serve with a green salad, polenta, spaghetti or mashed potatoes.

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Don’t limit yourself to making this recipe as only a meat loaf, since it can easily be transformed into another great meal option. Form the meat mixture into meatballs that you can cook and add to marinara sauce and spaghetti for a tasty pasta dinner, or add sliced meat loaf to a sub bun, slather it with sauce and mozzarella, and then toast it in the oven for a yummy sandwich.

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