Meatloaf is an ultimate comfort food that is cooked differently in each household. It is best eaten with salad or steamed vegetables. I personally think that it is a hit for both the young and old. It is perfect for family dinners and leftovers can be refrigerated and saved for the next meal.
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon Italian-style seasoning
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a skillet, heat the olive oil and sautÃ© the garlic and onions for 3-5 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Remove from flame and let it cool.
In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, ketchup, sautÃ©ed onions and garlic, Italian seasoning, oregano, basil and mozzarella. Season it with salt and pepper. Mix well.
Place the meat mixture in a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Pack well. Cover loosely with foil. Bake it for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the internal temperature reaches 160 F or until the meatloaf is set and the outside is brown. You can also pierce the meatloaf with a toothpick and when it comes out clean it is ready.
Heat the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes in the same skillet where you sautÃ©ed the garlic and onions. Season it with salt and pepper.
Transfer the meatloaf to a serving platter and pour the tomato sauce on it. Slice and serve with salad or vegetables.
After the meal enjoy a nice cup of Green Mountain Coffee.
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