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Italian meatloaf recipe

Italian Meatloaf

This 5-star Italian meatloaf recipe includes ground turkey, poultry sausage, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and Italian seasonings. It's like eating a giant meatball! Truthfully, this might be the best turkey meatloaf you'll ever have! Make it on Sunday for the week or freeze for dinner later on.
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Course: dinner, dinner recipe
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: italian meatloaf, italian meatloaf recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 270kcal
Author: Tammy Overhoff


  • Mixing Bowls
  • Baking Sheet


  • 1 slice wheat bread
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 lb poultry Italian sausage Remove casings if you purchase links
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ½ cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan can also use Romano cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 1 cup marinara sauce divided


  • Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is heating, put together the meatloaf.
  •  In a large bowl, mash together the bread and milk until it forms a paste.
  • To the paste, add the ground turkey, Italian sausage, eggs, breadcrumbs, grated parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, onion powder, granulated garlic, salt, pepper, ½ cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese, and 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce.
  • Mix all of the ingredients, using your hands, until everything is evenly distributed.
  • Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and then spray with cooking spray. Place the mixture onto the pan and form it into a loaf shape.
  • Spread the remaining marinara sauce over the meatloaf.
  • Put the meatloaf into a preheated oven and bake the meatloaf for 60 - 70 minutes. When the internal temperature registers 160 then the meatloaf is done.
  • Remove the meatloaf from the oven and then set the oven to broil.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the shredded cheese over the top and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
  • Remove meatloaf from the oven, let it sit for about 5 minutes, and then cut into thick slices and serve.


Storage Tips
Meatloaf is one of the best recipes to make for meal prep and freezer cooking. Here are some options.
Cook the Italian meatloaf entirely and then store it in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave for 2-4 minutes or until hot. One of my favorite ways to store cooked meatloaf is to make meal prep bowls; I put a slice of meatloaf, rice, and vegetable in a glass container for a perfect portion control healthy dinner to eat during the week. You can also freeze these bowls to have them ready for meals later on.
Assemble the meatloaf on a piece of foil, place it onto a plate, cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 days. When you're ready to cook, put the meatloaf on a baking sheet and continue with the recipe.
Assemble the meatloaf and freeze raw. This is an excellent way to stock your freezer with different meatloaf recipes to have ready-for-easy dinners throughout the month. For more information, see my tutorial on how to freeze meatloaf. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 503mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g