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    Baked meatloaf

    Group 393Easy
    Group 3826 people
    T470 min


    Can you think of a recipe that brings people closer together than baked meatloaf? This meat main course is very tasty and easy to prepare, but it is also a great fridge-emptying recipe since it can be made with so many ingredients. A dish that feels like home and immediately brings to mind Sunday lunch, that moment when we gather with the family over good food and enjoy being together in each other’s company. Today we have decided to propose a classic version of meatloaf, using mixed minced meat, breadcrumbs and Grana Padano cheese which, with its savoury notes, will further enrich the mixture. We recommend serving it in an oven dish in the centre of the table, accompanied by a splendid side order of roast potatoes. And as you will see, it is bound to be a hit!


    • 600 g minced beef
    • 300 g minced pork
    • 150 g Grana Padano
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs
    • 200 g bread
    • 200 g milk
    • Salt to taste
    • Pepper to taste
    • Fresh parsley, as required
    • Extra virgin olive oil, as required


    STEP 1

    Let’s start by making our mixture. First, slice the bread and remove the crusts, then soak the breadcrumbs in the milk so that it is slowly absorbed.

    STEP 2

    Now put the pork and beef mince in a large bowl. Chop the parsley and add it together with the grated cheese, breadcrumbs, eggs, salt and pepper. Finally, squeeze the bread to drain off any excess milk and add it to the mixture.

    STEP 3

    As with meatballs, there is only one rule and it also applies to meatloaf: you have to knead the mixture with your hands. Mix all the ingredients together until you have a smooth and even mixture.

    STEP 4

    Once all the ingredients are mixed well, shape them into a large roll. You can make things easier by wrapping it in a sheet of parchment paper and leaving it to rest for 10-15 minutes in the fridge. When the time is up, check that everything is nice and compact, then brush the meatloaf with some olive oil.

    STEP 5

    Preheat the oven to 180° and when it has reached the temperature, bake the meatloaf in a large baking tray, lightly greased with a little olive oil. If you would also like to make a side dish, you can put the potatoes directly into the baking tray, adding herbs to taste and a clove of garlic.

    STEP 6

    Cook for about an hour, checking the cooking time from time to time and, if necessary, turning both the potatoes and the meatloaf.


    of all the traditional Italian main courses, meatloaf is certainly one of the easiest recipes to change and vary. One of the tastiest variants is definitely the one for stuffed meatloaf. You can let your imagination run wild with lots of different ideas, using cheese or other ingredients, such as provola or scamorza, but also spinach, boiled eggs and more. Choose your favourite ingredients and, once you have mixed them together, roll the mixture out on some parchment paper. Add the filling and then close the meatloaf, sealing all the sides tightly so that during cooking there is no risk of the filling escaping from the meatloaf. If you choose to use vegetables, such as spinach, peppers, artichokes or other seasonal vegetables, we recommend that you cook them first.

    Another super yummy variant, also suitable for serving during the festive season, is meatloaf in a crust. Once you have made the roll of mince with the usual ingredients, cover it with slices of pork belly or bacon, then wrap it in puff pastry and brush the surface with milk or egg yolk. For a truly incredible result, we recommend fillings featuring sautéed mushrooms with parsley, scamorza cheese and grated Grana Padano.