Italian Style Meatloaf – Polpettone
Italian Style Meatloaf – Polpettone is comfort food all the way. With Italian flavors like pancetta, basil, Parmesan , this meatloaf tastes like the best giant meatball bathed in delicious marinara sauce.
There really is an Italian meatloaf
I recently learned that there is a traditional Italian meatloaf recipe, they call it ‘polpettone’. I learned this after writing my recipe and was hoping that I wouldn’t offend the Italians by calling it ‘Italian style’ but I think I may be safe now 😉
Meatloaf is very popular in my house at this time of year and my go-to is my pork, apple and sage meatloaf and I thought it was time for a new meatloaf recipe. Bolognese sauce and cheese stuffed meatballs are also in regular rotation for dinners (can you tell my husband is Italian?) and these were all inspiration for this Italian style meatloaf.
This is an all beef meatloaf with a little pancetta, carrots, celery, onion and garlic that is cooked and cooled before adding to the beef. This does 2 things, you get a lot of flavor into the meatloaf and this cooks the vegetables because I have found they just don’t cook all the way in the meatloaf when its roasting in the oven. The vegetables tend to stay a little crunchy.
In keeping with the Italian theme, I covered the top with homemade marinara sauce (this easy recipe link can be found below). Make sure you serve extra for pouring over the sliced meatloaf. Like Italian gravy.
When the meatloaf is 10 minutes away from being cooked. Cover the top in mozzarella cheese. I haven’t tried this yet, but it sounds amazing.
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