This "Cheese Stuffed Italian Meatloaf" puts a little different spin on the meatloaf and it is scrumptious! It's meatloaf, three different cheeses seasoned with Italian seasonings! What could be bad about that? The kids tend to love this one, even those who turn their noses up at regular meatloaf. Here is what you need for this meatloaf:
1 1/2 lbs. ground chuck
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 (.06 oz.) packet of dry Italian dressing (Good Seasons make a good one)
2 Tbs. grated raw onion
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
1 (24 oz.) jar of spaghetti sauce, divided ( I used Classico Tomato and Basil)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
6 slices provolone or mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, mix the ground chuck, eggs, Italian bread crumbs, the dry Italian dressing mix, grated onion, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, black pepper, and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese. I have just a word of advice on the meat you use for this. The ground chuck works best, because it has an 80/20 lean to fat ratio which is perfect. Ground beef will too fatty and greasy and something like ground round will be too dry and tasteless.
Pour the spaghetti sauce in a bowl and mix in the brown sugar, garlic powder, basil and oregano.
Add 1 cup of the spaghetti sauce mixture to the meatloaf mixture. Mix well, but don't over mix it. That makes the meat loaf dry and too tight. On a piece of parchment paper, shape the meat into a rectangle. Pat it out to about one half inch thickness.
Lay the cheese slices evenly over the top of the meat. Using the parchment paper, roll the meat loaf into a roll. Roll this as tight as you can without it breaking.
Place into a 9"x13" baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray or lined with nonstick foil. Tuck the ends of the roll in and under so they are sealed. If you leave them open your cheese might run out while baking. As long as you fold and seal it stays in nicely.
Pour the rest of the spaghetti sauce over the top of the meatloaf, be sure all surfaces are covered in sauce. Sprinkle the rest of the Parmesan cheese over the top. Place in the preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 50 minutes. After 50 minutes remove from the oven and sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the top. Turn the oven up to 425 degrees and place back in the oven for about 10 minutes.
When the cheese is browned and bubbly it's ready to take out of the oven! Allow to stand for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing so the cheese has time to tighten back up and it will slice nicer.
This slices really nicely! See all of that cheesy wonderfulness! It's ridiculously good!
The whole family will love this one y'all!