Meatloaf With Stove Top Recipe

Do you want to learn how to make a delectable meatloaf that is bursting with Italian flavors? Look no further! In this recipe, we will show you how to prepare a delicious Italian-style meatloaf flavored with sausage, tomatoes, and Parmesan. The best part? We will be cooking the meatloaf in a rich tomato sauce, giving it a succulent and tender texture.

Meatloaf With Stove Top Recipe
Meatloaf With Stove Top Recipe

Making the Tomato Sauce

To start, let’s prepare a quick and flavorful tomato sauce. Begin by thinly slicing five cloves of garlic. Heat a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Once the oil is shimmering, add the garlic and cook it until it becomes fragrant and lightly golden around the edges. Next, add a small can of tomato sauce and a large can of crushed tomatoes to the pan. These two types of tomatoes will give the sauce the perfect consistency. Season the sauce with salt, red pepper flakes, and let it simmer for about five minutes.

Preparing the Meatloaf

Now, let’s move on to the meatloaf. Crush 35 saltine crackers (about one sleeve minus one) in a bag using a rolling pin or the back of a spoon. In a large bowl, mix the crushed crackers with 3/4 cup of whole milk and two large eggs until you achieve a smooth consistency. Let this mixture sit for about five minutes to allow the crumbs to soften.

Afterward, add flavor to the mixture by incorporating a teaspoon of dried oregano, a teaspoon of granulated garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and about a cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Whisk all the seasonings together with the cracker mixture before adding a pound of lean ground beef and a pound of sweet Italian sausage (casings removed). Mix all the ingredients together evenly using your hands.

Baking the Meatloaf

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with vegetable oil spray and shape the meatloaf mixture into a 9×5-inch loaf in the center of the dish. Pour the tomato sauce over the meatloaf, allowing it to surround the loaf entirely. Cover the dish with foil and place it on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any drips.

Bake the meatloaf in the preheated oven for approximately one hour and ten minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Once cooked, remove the foil and sprinkle about a cup of shredded Fontina cheese on top of the meatloaf. Place it under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese melts and turns golden.

Serving the Italian Meatloaf

After removing the meatloaf from the oven, let it rest for at least 15 minutes on a cutting board. Use a wide, flat spoon to remove any excess grease that may have pooled on top of the sauce. Slice the meatloaf into thick slices and place them back into the tomato sauce. Garnish with fresh basil and serve hot. The meatloaf is incredibly tender, flavorful, and pairs perfectly with the rich tomato sauce.

With its Italian flair and succulent taste, this meatloaf is a hit for both weeknight dinners and special occasions. Trust us, once you try this Italian-style meatloaf, you’ll never go back to ordinary meatloaf again. Give this recipe a try and let us know how it turns out! To explore more tasty recipes and cooking tips, visit El Reno Ok.

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