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I grew up in an Italian Family and I cannot think of a better way to cook meatloaf.

This recipe has been in my family for years and brings back wonderful memories every time I make it.

I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as I do.


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 7 ounce jar roasted red peppers chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cups of prepared tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  • Directions:
  • 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 2. Heat a medium sized skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • 3. Add your onion and garlic and saute until soft. Remove and set it aside on a plate to cool.
  • 4. Grab yourself a large mixing bowl.
  • 4. Add the cooled onions and garlic along with the the rest of your ingredients, except the tomato sauce, and combine.
  • 5. Mix together well with your hands and form into a loaf and add it to an oiled oven safe tray.
  • 6. Top the loaf with 1 cup of the prepared tomato sauce. Make certain that you spread the tomato sauce evenly over the top of the loaf.
  • 7. Bake for about 1 hour or when the internal temperature of the meatloaf reaches 160 degrees F. Remove from the oven and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Slice it up and serve.
  • Heat the remaining tomato sauce if desired and use for dipping.

Categories: Beef  Main Dish 
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