Mediterranean Meat Loaf

This fabulous meat loaf is moist, tender and colorful. Keep the fat content low in this recipe by using lean ground beef and refrigerated egg product.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
4 servings


  • 1 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained

  • 1 ½ cups soft whole-wheat bread crumbs (about 2 slices)

  • ½ cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • cup purchased tomato sauce

  • ½ cup snipped fresh basil

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 pounds 95 percent-lean ground beef (see Tip)

  • Snipped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut 1/4 cup of the roasted peppers into thin strips; reserve for the garnish. Finely chop the remaining roasted peppers. In a large bowl, combine the finely chopped roasted red peppers, bread crumbs, egg product, tomato sauce, basil, 1/4 cup snipped parsley, salt, and black pepper. Add ground beef; mix well.

  2. Lightly pat the ground beef mixture into a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Bake, uncovered, for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the meat loaf registers 160 degrees F (see Tip). Let stand on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Drain off any fat from meat loaf; loosen meat loaf from sides of pan. Carefully remove meat loaf from pan.

  3. Garnish remaining meat loaf with the reserved 1/4 cup roasted red peppers and additional parsley. Slice to serve.


To make ahead: Place the reserved cooked meat loaf or meatballs in an airtight container. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Tips: You can substitute lean ground bison (buffalo) in place of ground beef.

The internal color of a meat loaf or meatball is not a reliable doneness indicator. A beef meat loaf or meatball cooked to 160 degrees F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a meat loaf or meatball, insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of the loaf or ball.

Variation: Use this Mediterranean Meat Loaf recipe as a base for the Mediterranean Meatballs. Meal prep a big batch of these flavorful meatballs, which can be used in the Mediterranean Pita Melts and the Meatball Lasagna.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

256 Calories
8g Fat
8g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 serving
Calories 256
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 36g 72%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 449mg 20%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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