PREP TIME: 30 mins | COOK TIME: 1 hr | ADDITIONAL TIME: 10 mins | TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 40 mins | YIELD: 8
Make this easy, super impressive Sicilian Meatloaf for a filling dinner that is perfect for the family and entertaining. The ultimate comfort food rolled like jelly and filled with ham and mozzarella cheese!
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-pound ground beef
3/4 c. Italian style breadcrumbs
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
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
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. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and red pepper to the skillet. Saute for approximately 5 minutes until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and continue to cook until aromatic. Take off the heat and cool slightly.
Step 3: Place the ground beef, bread crumbs, Parmesan, eggs, tomato paste, salt, pepper, parsley, and vegetable mixture in a large mixing bowl. Mix well using your hands until combined.
Step 4: Lay a large sheet of parchment paper on the counter and place the meat mixture in the middle, patting it out to make an 8 x 15-inch rectangle. Top with a layer of ham, basil, and cheese. Keep in mind to leave at least an inch border around the meat mixture.
Step 5: Roll the meatloaf up beginning at the 8-inch end like a jelly roll, using the parchment paper as a guide. To seal, press down on the top seam, then the ends together. And place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Step 6: Put in the preheated oven and bake for about an hour. Take the meatloaf out of the oven. Let it rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.
Step 7: If desired, serve the meatloaf topped with pasta or zucchini noodles and marinara sauce. Enjoy!
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