Pizza Meatloaf: My mom’s take on meatloaf–a mixture of ground beef, Italian sausage, and pizza seasonings that stuffed with cheese! This Pizza Loaf tastes nothing like traditional meatloaf but just like pizza and is sure to be a hit with your family as much as it is with mine!
This week, Sunday Supper is all about Mom’s. Not what our mom’s would love for us to make them, but what we remember as a dish associated with our own mom’s.
And nothing reminds me more of my childhood dinners around our oak dinner table, than Pizza Meatloaf.
What you ask, is Pizza Meatloaf?
My mom’s take on meatloaf. In fact, I had never even tasted a tradtional meatloaf until my late 20s.
When my mom made meatloaf, she mixed up a mixture of flavorful meat, pizza sauce and stuffed it with gooey cheese and baked smoothered in more pizza sauce and topped with more cheese–sounds pretty awesome, huh? Just look at that cheese oozing out when you slice it!
Easy Pizza Meatloaf
Dinner at my house as a child was a family event.
We gathered around our large dining room table and fought about where each of us kids got to sit (we had to resort to rotations between the 4 kids between who got to sit by mom and who my dad, etc). We always had to drink milk and dinner was often one of mom’s go-tos like tacos, chicken pot pie, spaghetti with mom’s sauce, pot roast, pizza bread, or Amish chicken.
But we could always count on Pizza Meatloaf with parsley potatoes and canned green beans.
It was one of my Dad’s favorites. It was one of the kids’ favorites. Heck, I bet it was one of my mom’s favorites, because it made us all happy and is not that hard to make!
Steps to Homemade Pizza Meatloaf
You simply mix up the meat with a few seasonings. Flatten out and top with cheese. Roll into shape of loaf. Place on broiler pan and top with additional sauce and cheese.
My mom and I chuckle about this meal now, as it is one neither one of us have made in nearly a decade–the Pizza Loaf is great, but honestly something we had both forgotten about for years.
Now both of us, like to cook things that are bit lighter, like this Paleo Meatloaf from Nostastic.
But let me tell you, I made this recipe just like Mom and served it up just like Mom would with the parsely potatoes and canned beans and my family RAVED about it!
Every last bit was devoured and they have been begging me to make it again.
Tips on Pizza Meatloaf Roll
- I like to use a mixture of lean sirloin and chicken sausage, but you can use all ground chicken, ground beef, a mixture of ground pork and beef, or half pork sausage and half ground beef. If you are NOT using sausage in this meatloaf, add in an additonal teaspoon each of garlic, red pepper flakes, and onion powder.
- You can certainly use homemade marinara sauce in place of pizza sauce–in fact that is what I most often do.
- Feel free to use gluten free bread crumbs in this Pizza Loaf–it will work just fine.
- My mom always served this with boiled red potatoes and green beans tossed with a bit of butter, salt and garlic. YUM!
- Looking for a lighter version of an Italian Style Meatloaf? Check out this Turkey Meatloaf from Melanie Makes–it is not stuffed with cheese, but it is flavored with oregano and garlic and some Parmesan.
More Comforting Recipes Inspired by Mom
Let’s Make Pizza Meatloaf
Easy Pizza Meatloaf
A flavorful meatloaf that has been filled with cheese and topped with pizza sauce.
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 pound Italian sausage I used ground Italian chicken sausage
- 1 cup pizza sauce divided
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 4 eggs whisked
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 8 ounces 1 cup shredded or sliced Mozzarella or Provolone cheese, divided
Mix meat with eggs, bread crumbs, salt, oregano,parsley, parmesan and 1/3 cup
Flatten and top with 2/3 cup mozzarella or provolone cheese.
Roll meat around cheese and shape in loaf.
Place meat on broiler pan or loaf pan and top with remaining sauce and cheese.
Bake at 375 for 1 hour.
I would love to know, What dish do you associate with your Mom? Leave me a comment below!