Firehouse Meat Loaf

Prepared pasta sauce tops a cheese stuffed meat loaf for a home-style dinner with an Italian twist.



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Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 mins
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Ingredients
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    egg, beaten
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    1   cup 
    soft bread crumbs
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    1/2  cup 
    bottled pasta sauce with vegetables and/or herbs
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    1 - 2   
    cloves garlic, minced
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    dried rosemary, crushed
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    8   ounces 
    Italian sausage, pork sausage links, or ground beef
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    1   pound 
    ground beef
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    2   ounces 
    provolone or mozzarella cheese, cubed
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    2   tablespoons 
    bottled pasta sauce with vegetables and/or herbs
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    2   tablespoons 
    shredded provolone or mozzarella cheese

Directions
1.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 328, Fat, total (g) 21, chol. (mg) 113, sat. fat (g) 8, carb. (g) 8, fiber (g) 0, pro. (g) 25, vit. A (RE) 92.72, vit. C (mg) 5.31, sodium (mg) 541, calcium (mg) 100.97, iron (mg) 2.88, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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