Wednesday, January 7, 2009


This is my version of a meatloaf. It has an Italian twist which is moist and flavorful. No eggs here! Ricotta cheese acts as the binder. Great served with mashed potatoes infused with garlic. (As I boil my potatoes I add 2 cloves of garlic to the water and mash it into the potatoes..thanks mom!)

1 lb ground beef
½ Zucchini; chopped
½ large green pepper; chopped
1/2 large red pepper; chopped

4 slices pancetta; diced
1 med onion; chopped
2 gloves roasted garlic smashed
4 tbs + 4tbs Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 + 1/4 cup Ketchup
½ tsp Garlic powder
½ tsp Onion powder
Pinch Red pepper flakes
2 tsp Italian seasoning
½ Cup Bread Crumbs
¼ cup Ricotta Cheese
  • Heat oven to 350
  • In saute' pan dizzle with olive oil over med heat and pancetta and cook till crisp
  • Add onion; saute till soft and almost caramelized
  • Add zuchinni and peppers; saute about 5 - 10min; until soft
  • Add garlic and stir one min
    • Let cool
  • In mixing bowl add ground beef, veggie mixture, 4tbs balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup ketchup, seasonings, bread crumbs, and ricotta cheese
  • Mold into loaf pan
  • Mix remaning 4 tbs balsamic vinegar with 1/4 cup ketchup and pour over loaf
  • Bake 40 min and let cool before slicing


Bunny said...

I need help with meatloaf, I don't really make it well. My family once took a vote and said I wasn't a loud to make it anymore. Yeah, that does a lot for the old ego doesn't it! LOL!! Yours looks good!

Heather said...

mmm. i love the zucchini in there! what a great idea!!

Prida said...

Zucchini makes it sooo moist and if you have picky eaters who won't eat their veggies you can sneak it in here! (Bunny.. meatloaf is so easy :) Just give it a try and you'll see!)

Sara said...

Meatloaf is one my husband's favorite foods, I will give this one a try!