Sicilian Meatloaf

by Sheryl

PREP TIME: 30 mins | COOK TIME: 1 hr | ADDITIONAL TIME: 10 mins | TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 40 mins | YIELD: 8

Impress your family, friends, and guests with this scrumptious Sicilian Meatloaf that you can easily make at home. The ultimate comfort food every family should have on their favourite rotation. Serve a slice over pasta or zucchini noodles with a marinara sauce for a special meal that your family deserves!

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds ground beef
3/4 c. Italian style breadcrumbs
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
2 Eggs
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
about 1/4 pound deli ham
12-15 large basil leaves
1 1/4 c. either shredded mozzarella cheese
marinara sauce
cooked pasta or zucchini noodles, if desired

How to make Sicilian Meatloaf

Step 1: Prepare the oven. Preheat it to 350 degrees.

Step 2: In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and red pepper to the hot oil and saute for approximately 5 minutes until the onions are translucent. Add in the garlic and continue to cook until aromatic. Then, take away from the heat and let it cool a little.

Step 3: Add the ground beef, bread crumbs, Parmesan, eggs, tomato paste, salt, pepper, parsley, and vegetable mixture in a large mixing bowl. Mix using your hands until well mixed.

Step 4: Lay a large sheet of parchment paper on the counter. In the middle, place the meat mixture and pat it out to make about 8 x 15-inch rectangle. Top it with a layer of ham followed by a layer of basil and cheese, making sure to leave about an inch border around the ham.

Step 5: Roll the meatloaf up beginning at the 8-inch end like a jelly roll with the parchment paper guiding you. To seal, press the seam down and the ends. Transfer the rolled meatloaf to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 6: Place in the preheated oven and bake for about an hour. When done, remove from the oven and let the meatloaf rest for at least 10 minutes.

Step 7: Slice and serve over pasta or zucchini noodles and with marinara sauce if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:

YIELD: 8, SERVING SIZE: 1
Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 502 | TOTAL FAT: 28g | SATURATED FAT: 11g | TRANS FAT: 1g | UNSATURATED FAT: 13g | CHOLESTEROL: 167mg | SODIUM: 876mg | CARBOHYDRATES: 18g | FIBER: 1g | SUGAR: 3g | PROTEIN: 43g

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