Pizza Meatloaf

Pizza Meatloaf – the BEST meatloaf recipe! Even meatloaf haters will LOVE this! It is basically a giant Italian meatball stuffed with mozzarella! SO easy to make and tastes great! Ground beef, Italian sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella, egg, oats, Italian seasoning, garlic, onion, oregano, salt, pepper, and milk. Top the meatloaf with pizza sauce. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans. Comfort food at its best! Leftovers are great on a sandwich.

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Easy Italian Meatloaf Recipe

This Pizza Meatloaf is our new go-to meatloaf recipe. It tastes like a giant meatball. I am not a huge meatloaf fan, but I ate two slices of this meatloaf and LOVED every bite! Ground beef, Italian sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella, rolled oats, Italian seasonings, milk, and pizza sauce. SO freaking delicious! The leftovers are equally delicious on some toasted garlic bread. Add this to your menu ASAP! Even the meatloaf haters can’t resist this dish.

meatloaf in a loaf pan

How to Make Pizza Meatloaf

This meatloaf is very quick and easy to make. Start with some lean ground beef, Italian sausage, and chopped pepperoni. Add an egg, some oats, Italian seasoning, garlic, onion, oregano, mozzarella cheese, and milk. Gently mix everything together and place in a loaf pan or meatloaf pan. Top the meatloaf with some pizza sauce. Pop it in the oven and dinner is done.

  • I used a meatloaf pan for this recipe. I love my meatloaf pan! It has an insert that keeps the meatloaf from sitting in the bottom of the pan. This helps keep the grease off the bottom of the meatloaf and makes it so much easier to get it out of the pan!
  • To make Pizza Meatloaf gluten-free use gluten-free oats.
  • I prefer to use mini pepperoni in this recipe. You can also use chopped pepperoni.
  • You can substitute ground turkey and turkey sausage for the ground beef and Italian sausage.
  • Feel free to add in some chopped fresh onion or bell peppers to the meat mixture.
  • Can You Make Meatloaf in Advance? You can definitely make the meatloaf the night before and keep it in the refrigerator overnight. Just pop it in the oven when you get home from work and dinner is a breeze!
  • Can You Freeze Meatloaf? Sure! If you are freezing the meatloaf unbaked, I recommend waiting to add the pizza sauce until you are ready to bake. When you are ready to bake the frozen meatloaf, thaw completely in the refrigerator. Top the thawed meatloaf with the pizza sauce and bake as directed.
  • You can also freeze the cooked meatloaf for a quick meal later. I like to go ahead and cut the meatloaf into slices before freezing. To reheat the meatloaf, thaw completely and reheat in the microwave or covered in the oven.
plate of meatloaf with pasta and green beans

What to Serve with Homemade Meatloaf

This meatloaf is a new favorite at our house. It smells great while it is cooking and tastes even better! We like to serve this with some garlic noodles and green beans. It is also great over garlic mashed potatoes or parmesan risotto. Throw in some garlic bread and you are set! You must give this a try ASAP! I promise you won’t be disappointed!!

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sliced meatloaf on a platter

Pizza Meatloaf

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Pizza Meatloaf – the BEST meatloaf recipe! Even meatloaf haters will LOVE this! It is basically a giant Italian meatball stuffed with mozzarella! SO easy to make and tastes great! Ground beef, Italian sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella, egg, oats, Italian seasoning, garlic, onion, oregano, salt, pepper, and milk. Top the meatloaf with pizza sauce. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans. Comfort food at its best! Leftovers are great on a sandwich.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef, use 93% lean
  • ½ lb Italian sausage, casings removed
  • ½ cup chopped pepperoni
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1 cup rolled oats (old fashioned oats)
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper or to taste
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder or to taste
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup pizza sauce

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • Gently mix together ground beef, Italian sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella, egg, oats, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and milk.
  • Press meat mixture into a 9×5-inch loaf pan or meatloaf pan.
  • Spread pizza sauce over the meatloaf.
  • Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until firm.

Notes:

  • I used a meatloaf pan for this recipe. I love my meatloaf pan! It has an insert that keeps the meatloaf from sitting in the bottom of the pan. This helps keep the grease off the bottom of the meatloaf and makes it so much easier to get it out of the pan!
  • To make Pizza Meatloaf gluten-free use gluten-free oats.
  • I prefer to use mini pepperoni in this recipe. You can also use chopped pepperoni.
  • You can substitute ground turkey and turkey sausage for the ground beef and Italian sausage.
  • Can You Make Meatloaf in Advance? You can definitely make the meatloaf the night before and keep it in the refrigerator overnight. Just pop it in the oven when you get home from work and dinner is a breeze!
  • Can You Freeze Meatloaf? Sure! If you are freezing the meatloaf unbaked, I recommend waiting to add the pizza sauce until you are ready to bake. When you are ready to bake the frozen meatloaf, thaw completely in the refrigerator. Top the thawed meatloaf with the pizza sauce and bake as directed.
  • You can also freeze the cooked meatloaf for a quick meal later. I like to go ahead and cut the meatloaf into slices before freezing. To reheat the meatloaf, thaw completely and reheat in the microwave or covered in the oven.
sliced meatloaf in a loaf pan
plate of meatloaf with pasta and green beans
plate of meatloaf with pasta and green beans

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  1. Accidentally stumbled onto this recipe. Would have missed a gem. I’m used to lengthy prep steps for much of what I prepare. When I read the ingredient list I was surprised to see there was no prep. Just measure, mix, put in a pan and bake. The combination of milk, egg and oats worked to bind it tightly. I did use ground beef which I source, prepare and grind myself and home made Italian sausage. The result was a perfectly seasoned well balanced meatloaf with no grease in the bottom of the pan. Sliced the leftover into 1/2″ slices for sandwiches.

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