Prepared pasta sauce tops a cheese stuffed meat loaf for a home-style dinner with an Italian twist.
Prep Time: 20 mins
1/2 cup bottled pasta sauce with vegetables and/or herbs
1 - 2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
8 ounces Italian sausage, pork sausage links, or ground beef
2 ounces provolone or mozzarella cheese, cubed
2 tablespoons bottled pasta sauce with vegetables and/or herbs
2 tablespoons shredded provolone or mozzarella cheese
In a large bowl combine egg, bread crumbs, the 1/2 cup pasta sauce, garlic, and rosemary. Remove casings from sausage, if using. Add ground beef and sausage; mix well. Press two-thirds of the mixture evenly in the bottom of an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan.
Make a 1/2-inch indentation down the center of the meat mixture. Place the cheese cubes in indentation. Pat remaining meat mixture evenly over top.
Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven for 55 to 60 minutes until no pink remains and until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the loaf registers 170 degree F. Let stand for 10 minutes.
To serve, transfer meat loaf to a platter. Drizzle top with the 2 tablespoons pasta sauce Sprinkle with the 2 tablespoons shredded cheese. If desired, garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs. Makes 6 servings.
Make Ahead Tip
- Prepare meat loaf as directed, except do not bake. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours. To serve, bake meat loaf, uncovered, about 1 hour or until no pink remains and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat loaf registers 170 degree F.
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 328, Fat, total (g) 21, chol. (mg) 113, sat. fat (g) 8, carb. (g) 8, pro. (g) 25, vit. A (RE) 93, vit. C (mg) 5, sodium (mg) 541, calciu