Mini Meat Loaves

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.


  1. I put this one in the "to try" folder... but maybe with ground turkey instead. They look good!

  2. Ground turkey would be very yummy :)

  3. We made this for supper tonight (with ground beef). So yummy; we both loved it and agreed the recipe is a keeper :) Never knew meatloaf could be so good - thanks!


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