Kid-Friendly Italian Turkey Meatloaf


This is a delicious alternative to traditional meatloaf that tastes like meatballs and is very kid-friendly! Serve with pasta or mashed potatoes. You can also serve extra marinara on the side.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
1 meatloaf


  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 medium onions, diced

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 28 ounces 93% lean ground turkey

  • 20 ounces sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed

  • 1 ½ cups Italian bread crumbs

  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 cup grated Italian cheese blend

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 cups marinara sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 to 2 minutes more, being careful to avoid burning. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  3. Whisk basil, eggs, and parsley together in a bowl. Add salt and pepper.

  4. Combine ground turkey, Italian sausage, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian cheese blend, 2 tablespoons oil, balsamic vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce in a large bowl. Add cooked onion mixture and egg mixture and mix using your hands until completely mixed together.

  5. Shape meat mixture into a large loaf in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Pour marinara sauce on top.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C), about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

493 Calories
29g Fat
23g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 493
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 155mg 52%
Sodium 1304mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 257mg 20%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 591mg 13%

* 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.