Great for any occasion, and absolutely delicious. Excellent served with noodles (or mashed potatoes) and corn. Substitute white bread for wheat bread if you're looking for a healthier meal. For the fresh bread crumbs, use 6 to 8 slices bread crumbled into tiny pieces.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, saute the carrot and onion for 2 minutes, or until onion is transparent. Add garlic and saute for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

  • In a large bowl, combine the parsley, beef, ketchup, 1/2 cup tomato sauce, bread and eggs, mixing well. Add the carrot/onion mixture and continue mixing, but do not over mix, as this will make the meatloaf dry. Transfer mixture to a 9x13 baking dish and form into a loaf.

  • Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 30 to 45 minutes.

  • While loaf is baking, heat the remaining tomato sauce and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Pour over loaf when done.

Nutrition Facts

680 calories; protein 35.3g 71% DV; carbohydrates 19.7g 6% DV; fat 50.9g 78% DV; cholesterol 228.8mg 76% DV; sodium 776.3mg 31% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2004
Thanks for the recipe! I was on a mission to find a meatloaf recipe with almost exactly these ingredients - so happy the search is over and I have this one forever in my collection. I change carrots for diced green pepper and leave out the parsley final dish cooked absolutely perfect all the way through flavor was enhanced by tomato garlic gravy - yum yum! This was my 1st of what will be many Italian meatloaves! Thanks again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/14/2004
Nice and moist but... there's no salt or pepper in the recipe. I divided the recipe and put salt and pepper in one half and none in the other. The unsalted loaf was insipid at best - little to no flavor at all. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
06/14/2004
Nice and moist but... there's no salt or pepper in the recipe. I divided the recipe and put salt and pepper in one half and none in the other. The unsalted loaf was insipid at best - little to no flavor at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2004
Thanks for the recipe! I was on a mission to find a meatloaf recipe with almost exactly these ingredients - so happy the search is over and I have this one forever in my collection. I change carrots for diced green pepper and leave out the parsley final dish cooked absolutely perfect all the way through flavor was enhanced by tomato garlic gravy - yum yum! This was my 1st of what will be many Italian meatloaves! Thanks again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2002
I always thought meatloaf had to be the shape and weight of a brick. This recipe is very moist and flavorful and easy to prepare. Please do not try to use a regular meatloaf pan it's much too small and you will have to end up cutting your meatlaof down the center to finish cooking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2003
I added chopped red & yellow peppers. Next time I will try adding mushrooms. I spread a mixture of tomato & bar-bq sauce atop. jrw of sarasota Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2009
I used this recipe as a starting point for my meatloaf. I love the meatloaf they serve at BJ's Brewery so I altered this to resemble it. I use half angus hamburger meat and half plain ground pork. I saute the onion and garlic but add finely chopped red and green bell pepper celery and carrot to it as well. I also substitute the breadcrumbs with panko breading (italian seasoned if you can find it). I also throw in a heaping handful of finely grated parmesian cheese to the mix. I add a little garlic powder salt pepper and oregeno to the mix too. All of these make an amazing flavored meatloaf. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2006
Excellent recipe! It's easy to prepare and it's very tasty! My family especially my children simply love it!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2004
AWESOME! I had a little trouble cooking it through - I think I made it too thick and after 30 minutes when it was still fairly raw I smushed it and then it cooked fine. I used Emeril's Kicked Up Tomato Sauce and added a few mushrooms and used stuffing mix instead of fresh breadcrumbs (the kind in a bag not a box). My husband tried it and the first thing he said was "You could serve this for company!" Thanks for the keeper recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2003
this was a yummie recipe my husband just love it. He smiled for two whole days and begged me to give him the recipe which I refused:) I follow all recipes the way they are written but I always have to add my personal touch to it!!! I added oregano and wow!!! great recipe thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2009
This was a great recipe. It was very moist. I did not fix the tomatoe with sugar sauce. Instead I added some tomatillo sauce and it was absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing it! Read More
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