Mozzarella Stuffed Meatloaf
A twist on a classic comfort food, Mozzarella Stuffed Meatloaf is easy make, and their mini size helps them cook up in no time. During maternity leave I took some planning out of my weekly routine, and signed up for Home Chef. It still allowed me to cook and enjoy time in the kitchen, but I didn’t have to plan or think about ingredients. This recipe, and a few other upcoming ones are inspired by some of our favorites we tried.
I love this recipe because it really uses simple ingredients. Jarred marinara, simple Italian seasonings, cheese and bread crumbs. I used a combination of beef and pork, but any protein or combo would be great. Make sure to use something with a higher fat content to help keep everything moist.
The mozzarella cheese gets combined with the cream cheese to almost form a “cheeseball” like texture. It helps to more easily stuff the loaves. Plus…I’m always down for extra cream cheese in anything, yum!
The Home Chef recipe combined ketchup and marinara, I think to thicken and sweeten up the sauce. This version I scrapped the ketchup, just seems like an unnecessary added ingredient. Just use your favorite marinara, or stock your freezer with my All Purpose Marinara, so good!
Serve it up with your favorite roasted veggies or a salad. Enjoy this Mozzarella Stuffed Meatloaf recipe, and if you love meatloaf as much as I do, try these other tasty versions.
Easy Mini Meatloaf Muffins (my #1 recipe on my site year after year!)
Gluten Free Turkey Meatloaf Muffins (and veggie packed!)
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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatloaf
A cheesy Italian twist on meatloaf.
- 1/2 lb ground pork or Italian sausage
- 1/2 lb ground beef
- 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- pinch of red pepper flakes optional for heat
- 1/4 cup cream cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
Preheat oven to 425°
In a medium mixing bowl, gently combine pork, beef, panko, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, and red pepper flakes if desired. Be careful not to overmix, I like to use a fork to gently stir. Divide into 4 equal portions. Form into oval loaves.
In a small bowl combine cream cheese and mozzarella cheese. Divide into four equal portions. Taking one of the meatloaves, press to make an indent into the middle, press a cheese portion into the indent, and re-form the meat around it to cover the cheese, and re-form into an oval loaf. Repeat with remaining cheese and meatloaves. Place onto a parchment lined baking dish.
Spoon the marinara evenly over the meatloaves. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Garnish with grated parmesan cheese, and serve with your favorite side salad or roasted veggies.
Use a ground beef with higher fat content to keep it moist. Ground pork is great, but Italian sausage, or turkey sausage would add great flavor.
Italian seasoned bread crumbs would be a good substitute if you do not have panko bread crumbs.