Meat loaf is one of my ultimate comfort foods. And now, as the weather is turning colder - not to mention rainy(er) - it seems like the perfect weeknight dinner. Mini meat loaves is such a great idea, too. Quicker cooking time = quicker to the table! This recipe has GREAT flavor. Pair the meat loaves with some mashed potatoes and green beans, and yourself have a hearty, homemade meal. Recipe lightly adapted from Better Homes & Gardens.
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
1/4 tsp. salt
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl combine egg, 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce, bread crumbs, 2 Tbsp. of the basil, and salt. Add beef and 1/2 cup of the cheese; mix well.
Divide beef mixture in four equal portions. Shape each portion in a 5 1/2 x 2-inch oval. Place on 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
Spoon on remaining pasta sauce and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 30 minutes or until internal temperature registers 160 degrees. Sprinkle meat loaves with remaining basil leaves.