Shelia's Italian Meatloaf

Shelia Senghas


This is comfort food at its best with an Italian twist. It is savory, delicious, and filling. My mother always made meat loaf with these seasonings and I learned it this way and this is the only meat loaf I make. It has been a favorite in our family for many years. I’ve been making this for so long that I can dump and pour and it always turns out good, however, I made the meatloaf using these measurements so I could share the recipe and it turned out perfect.

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20 Min


45 Min


Stove Top


loaf pan
1 lb
ground beef
1/2 lb
italian sausage
2 each
red, green, yellow, and orange, mini sweet peppers
1/2 large
onion chopped, fine
1 pkg
saltine crackers
1 Tbsp
dried, leaf oregano
1 Tbsp
dried, leaf thyme
1 Tbsp
dried, leaf italian seasoning
2 Tbsp
dried, leaf basil
1 tsp
garlic, seasoning or 2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp
black pepper
1/2 tsp
salt, optional
1 small
can of tomato sauce

Directions Step-By-Step

Crumble meat into a large bowl, add the next 11 ingredients and mix well I use my hands, until the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.

Spray the loaf pan with cooking spray. Shape the meat mixture into the loaf pan leaving space between the inside walls of the pan and the meat. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven.

Cook for 40 to 45 minutes. Remove and pour the tomato sauce over the cooked meat. Return to the oven and cook an additional 10 minutes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Pork, Meatloafs
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy