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Pizza-Style Meatloaf

  • 20 m
  • 50 m
Ruth Cousineau
“Prepared marinara sauce, mushrooms and basil turns the usual meatloaf into something special.”


    • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 medium onion, sliced
    • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, sliced
    • 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
    • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
    • 1 pound lean ground beef
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • ⅓ cup seasoned (Italian-style) breadcrumbs
    • ⅓ cup low-fat milk
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ cup prepared marinara sauce
    • ¼ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  • 1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray and place it on a large baking sheet with sides.
  • 2 Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, mushrooms and basil; cook, stirring, until softened, about 10 minutes.
  • 3 Meanwhile, combine beef, garlic, breadcrumbs, milk and salt in a large bowl. Mix well.
  • 4 Transfer the meat mixture to the prepared pan. With dampened hands, pat into a 10-inch circle. Top with marinara sauce. Spoon the vegetable mixture over the sauce and sprinkle with cheese.
  • 5 Bake until the meat is browned and the cheese has melted, about 30 minutes. Drain off any fat. Cut into wedges and serve.
  • Equipment: Use a perforated pizza pan so excess fat drips away.
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