Lover's Loaf


When I met my current boyfriend, I tried to lure him over to my house by promising to cook my favorite meatloaf. It doesn't sound very romantic, but this recipe is much fancier and delicious than your mother's meatloaf. Luckily for me, he was impressed. Serve this meatloaf with mashed potatoes. The juice from the meatloaf will act as a gravy. Since the recipe makes 2 loaves, you can freeze one or deliver the wrapped loaf to a neighbor with cooking instructions attached and a bottle of red wine.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (10 ounce) bag washed spinach leaves

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 ¼ cups bread crumbs

  • 1 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 6 slices provolone cheese

  • 6 slices prosciutto or ham, thinly sliced

  • all-purpose flour for dusting

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cups red wine

  • 2 cups water


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Place spinach in a microwave safe bowl with a splash of water. Cover, and microwave until the spinach has wilted, about 5 minutes. Drain and allow to cool.

  3. In a large bowl, mix together beef, pork, eggs, bread crumbs, and Romano cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Divide into two equal portions, and roll each into balls.

  4. Place a 15-inch long piece of plastic wrap on your work surface and lightly sprinkle with flour. Place one of the balls onto the plastic wrap and pat into a thin, 8-inch by 10-inch rectangle. Cover evenly with half of the spinach and 3 slices of prosciutto, then shingle three slices of provolone running along the edge facing you.

  5. Using the plastic wrap to lift the meat, roll the loaf starting from the cheese side into a firmly packed spiral, peeling away the plastic wrap as you go. Make a second loaf with remaining ingredients.

  6. To bake, pour wine into a broiler pan bottom. Oil the slotted top with some of the olive oil before placing the loaves on and brushing them with remaining oil. Cover loaves with a sheet of aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.

  7. Remove the foil and pour water into the pan. Continue baking for another 35 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F (72 degrees C). Allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing into 1-inch thick slices to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

774 Calories
46g Fat
25g Carbs
50g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 774
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 46g 58%
Saturated Fat 19g 96%
Cholesterol 241mg 80%
Sodium 1089mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 50g
Vitamin C 14mg 69%
Calcium 553mg 43%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 846mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.