Traditional meatloaf is modernized in this easy Italian-inspired recipe--it's served in mini, single-sized loaves, stuffed with mozzarella and pepperoni, and air-fried, not baked!


Recipe Summary

15 mins
30 mins
45 mins
4 mini meatloaves


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine milk, pesto, egg, garlic, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add ground beef and bread crumbs and combine, being careful not to overmix.

  • Divide meat mixture into 4 portions. Press a well into each portion, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Place 2 slices pepperoni into each well, overlapping to cover the length of the well. Top each with 1/4 of the mozzarella balls. Press meat mixture around the filling to enclose; form each portion into an oblong loaf shape. Place loaves into the air fryer basket, in batches.

  • Cook in the air fryer at 370 degrees F (190 degrees C) until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of the meat reads 165 degrees F (75 degrees C), about 15 minutes. Serve meatloaves topped with warm marinara sauce and fresh basil.

Nutrition Facts

336 calories; protein 33.6g 67% DV; carbohydrates 12.9g 4% DV; fat 16.7g 26% DV; cholesterol 135mg 45% DV; sodium 410.9mg 16% DV. Full Nutrition


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Rating: 5 stars
I've made this dish three times now. The first time I did it exactly as written. It was really good. I'm not much of a cook, so I was pleased to have a meal that felt like I knew what I was doing. The only problem I had was that the pepperoni just pulls the mozzarella straight out when you try to cut it with a fork. The pepperoni got sort of lost in the flavors anyway (this dish is very pesto-forward), so the next time I left it out, and it was still great. The last time, I swapped regular pepperoni for those thicker mini pepperonis, and just added a few to each loaf's center. This was really good! Easier to eat, and I could still taste the pepperoni. This is now one of my standard recipes. Read More