Italian Meatloaf with Fresh Basil, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Provolone

This is meatloaf like your mother never made. I really hated meatloaf until I came upon a recipe in Cooking Light from August, 2000. Yes, I’ve adapted and made this recipe for that many years. It’s that good. It also makes the most phenomenal meatloaf sandwiches.

Meatloaf With Fresh Basil, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Provolone
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded provolone cheese
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a broiler pan with cooking spray.

  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Use your hands to mix and shape into a loaf. Spread a thin layer of ketchup over the entire loaf.

  3. Bake for 1 hour or until an instant thermometer registers 160°F. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

During all those years of meatloaf making, I also discovered how to craft them into works of art. No kidding, apparently I can’t help playing with my food. I’ve gotten a little crazy with my meatloaves. What does that mean? Here are some examples:


Maybe there’s an event your participating in and want to show your excitement and support. What better way then with a meatloaf?




Or, perhaps someone came to visit and you had a great adventure touring a historical monument. This is my ode to the Battleship North Carolina.




Then, there was the time a friend gave me a pound of ground meat. I used it to sculpt his portrait. Mashed potato hair! I had to use M&Ms to replicate his blue eyes.






How’s this for the best “get well” card ever? Mashed potatoes, slices of cheese and crumbled bacon made this extra delicious.






When you’re visiting your parents and they live in another state, make them a state-shaped meatloaf for dinner!





To commemorate the Last Supper, use sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, red onions, and sugar snap peas to turn your meatloaf into a complete meal.



Dinner is always exciting at my house. Happy eating!




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