Mom’s Meatloaf

I’ve been making meatloaf for years for my family. It’s a great meal to fill everyone up. I’ve switched to turkey meatloaf to make it healthier, but it’s just not the same. I’ve tried so many different recipes but my son Dominick doesn’t like them. I think they are filled with too many ingredients. So I’ve been going back to my mom’s basic meatloaf and he loves it! Honestly, it’s so much better simpler. My sister Ali recently made it for her family. See her ingredients and instructions below.


By Alexandra Salvatore

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Mom's Meatloaf


  • 1.5 ish lbs mixed chopped meat (called meatloaf mix at butcher – contains, pork, veal and beef)
  • 4-5 Chopped garlic cloves
  • One small onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup of Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • Pecorino Romano grated cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Handful of chopped parsley
  • EVOO
  • 8 oz. can of tomato sauce


  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Sauté garlic and onion in EVOO until light brown and tender. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients (except the tomato sauce and panko bread crumbs)
  4. Once everything looks well mixed in the bowl, pour in the panko breadcrumbs.
  5. Mix again. Mixture shouldn’t feel dry.
  6. Mold your meatloaf into the shape of the pan that you are using. A flatter, wider loaf will cook much faster.
  7. Before you bake, pour the tomato sauce on top. You can sprinkle a little bit of grated cheese on top.
  8. Bake at 425 for about an hour or until it reaches an internal temp of 160 F.

I served it with garlic/butter stuffed mushrooms asparagus and a light romaine salad.

If you prefer Turkey Meatloaf, I finally perfected that as well.  It is just as delicious!


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I'm a stay at home mom and my life revolves around feeding my family of four. I love to cook for my husband Matt and two boys(Matthew-11 and Dominick-9). I'm not good at entertaining big crowds. That makes me nervous! I TRY and cook healthy meals, and I TRY to buy organic. Matt likes almost everything except for olives, mustard and fancy cheeses-everything I love)! So I try to find recipes without those ingredients or sneak them into the food I make and then he picks them out... And when he likes something, he has no control. Can't stop. Won't stop! But he really tries to make good choices in what he eats. In the last five years or so we both have made changes for the better in our diet. Matthew eats very little and is very picky. It's hard to watch him eat cause he's always picking! My mom get's so annoyed watching him eat! I was the same damn way as a kid. I tortured my parents by becoming a vegetarian for 7 years! I still can't eat all meat. I'm picky. Dominick loves almost everything! And when he loves it, you know it. It's all over him and the floor. Unlike Matthew. Not a single crumb.... I am 100% Italian-I think.. I grew up in Long Island and always ate really great food!!! While the other kids in school were bringing Lunchables or buying lunch, I was eating a chicken cutlet sandwich! My mom is an amazing cook. Much better than me. I have to pull recipes and follow them. She just whips stuff up in minutes and its amazing! And my dad loves all of her food, and all food in general! Except if its too healthy, like salmon.... Most of the time when he's eating his eyes are closed. He says he can taste it better that way... My sisters both live in Long Island and our conversations usually consist of food, fashion, beauty or kids. Ali is similar to my mom. She whips up delicious meals. And they are usually healthy and light. She says she doesn't eat carbs, which is a lie. Every weekend shes at the pork store picking up twisted Italian bread, sausages, and ravioli. Her eyes light up when her 2 year old Joseph eats. Her goal in life is to feed him. And she hates casseroles. Refuses to make them. Lol Jen is very busy as a dance mom with her two girls. But when she gets in the kitchen, watch out! She cooks up a storm. Her salads are the BEST ever! Usually, it's accompanied with steak and rice or fried chicken cutlets! And there are leftovers for the whole week. The goal of my blog is to share some of my family's favorite foods. I'll let you know what works out well and not so well for me when it comes to feeding the fam!

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