Meatloaf Parmesan

Meatloaf Parmesan

A bit retro, but heartwarming and homey, this recipe is an amalgam of meatloaf, polpettone and meatballs. Ground veal and pork, provolone, pecorino and Parmesan mingle with herbs, broccoli rabe and bread crumbs in what is essentially a sliceable meatball. It is doused with tomato sauce and baked until bubbly, aromatic and mouthwatering.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Put veal and pork in a large mixing bowl. Add salt, black pepper, red pepper, fennel seed and nutmeg. Knead mixture with hands to incorporate.
  2. Step 2

    Add soaked bread with milk, eggs, parsley, oregano, broccoli rabe, olives, Parmesan and provolone. Mix again with hands and knead to make sure all ingredients are distributed evenly. Pat mixture into a free-form loaf and place in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Press bay leaves on top. You may complete this step several hours, or a day in advance, of baking.
  3. Step 3

    Make tomato sauce: Put olive oil in a nonreactive pan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic clove and a little salt, then cook, stirring, until translucent, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add tomato purée, crushed tomatoes, red-pepper flakes and basil sprig. Simmer for 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. Sauce may be made in advance, if desired.
  4. Step 4

    Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spoon sauce over meatloaf, letting it spill over into the baking dish to surround loaf. Sprinkle top of loaf with grated pecorino and provolone, then sprinkle with bread crumbs.
  5. Step 5

    Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, then cover, reduce heat to 350 and cook for 30 to 45 minutes more, until internal temperature is 150 degrees. Let rest at least 10 minutes before slicing. Top each serving with a good spoonful of sauce and garnish with basil leaves, if using.