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Ultimate Italian Meatloaf recipe

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This Ultimate Italian Meatloaf recipe takes my classic meatball recipe and elevates it to the next level by adding hot ham, spinach, and cheese that is then topped with tomato sauce and cheese. Once you create this masterpiece you will want to serve it to all your dinner guests. 

Italian Meatloaf

Italian Meatloaf 

Meatloaf has always been a favorite in our home, I mean my One Pot Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes and Cheeseburger meatloaf are one of my favorite classic meatloaf recipes, but when we are having friends and family over I want to serve something a little higher-end, meet the Ulitmate Italian Meatloaf.

This recipe will wow your guests because it elevates meatloaf to a whole new level as it is stuffed with ham, spinach, and mozzarella cheese. This will soon become your Sunday dinner meal or what you severe to everyone who visits. 

Stuffed Meatloaf

How to make Italian Meatloaf 

  • Mix together meat, seasonings, eggs, bread crumbs, romano cheese, and garlic in a large bowl.
Mix meat in large bowl
  • Flatten large meatball mix on parchment paper
flatten large meatball on parchment paper
  • Add a layer of hot ham
layer of hot ham
  • Add a layer of spinach
layer of spinach
  • add a layer of cheese
layer of mozzarella cheese
  • Roll and seal edges
Roll meatloaf
  • bake on a baking dish
Italian meatloaf on baking dish
  • add marinara sauce and cheese bake till melted

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • If you find yourself without breadcrumbs you can crush Ritz crackers and use them instead. 
  • If you prefer ground turkey you can substitute the ground beef out. 
  • Be sure to use parchment or wax paper to help roll your meatloaf. 
  • I prefer using sliced cheese, but you can use shredded cheese if you choose. 
Italian Meatloaf out of oven



You will want to store your leftover meatloaf in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.

This recipe makes a great leftover meatloaf sandwich reheat and add a little Parmesan cheese. This is a great recipe and it almost tastes like a giant meatball stuffed with goodness.

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This stuffed meatloaf freezes really well. You can choose to freeze it before or after cooking. If you are freezing prior to cooking, form your meat loaf and then wrap it in plastic wrap and then in foil. Forgo adding the toppings to the top until you are ready to cook. 

If you are freezing after cooking, you will want to let it completely cool. Once cooled, wrap in plastic and then in foil. When you are ready to serve thaw in the fridge and then warm back up in the oven. You may want to add the toppings to the top again. 

Italian Meatloaf slice on plate

What can I serve with this Stuffed Meatloaf?

You can’t go wrong serving this dish with my favorite garlic and rosemary Instant Pot Potatoes with a steamed vegetable on the side. 

The Ultimate Italian Meatloaf
Italian Meatloaf

Ultimate Italian Meatloaf recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This Ultimate Italian Meatloaf recipe takes my classic meatball recipe and elevates it to the next level by adding hot ham, spinach, and cheese that is then topped with tomato sauce and cheese.


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups Romano Cheese
  • 1 cup italian bread crumbs
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • 10 slices mozzarella 
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 pound hot ham
  • 1 cup marinara sauce 


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. in a large bowl mix ground beef, garlic, eggs, romano cheese, and bread crumbs.
  3. Lay mixture on a piece of parchment paper
  4. Flatten out the meat mixture into a large square
  5. Top with a layer of hot ham
  6. Add a layer of fresh uncooked spinach
  7. Top with slices of mozzarella cheese
  8. Roll using your parchment paper and seal the edges
  9. Place in a large baking dish
  10. bake for 60 minutes
  11. remove and top with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese
  12. bake for an additional 15 minutes
  13. Remove from oven and serve
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 502Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 172mgSodium: 1007mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 44g

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