Rolled Italian Meat Loaf
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It really was quite simple & is a lot prettier than your typical meat loaf. I loved having a filling inside. So much better than a slice of regular old meat loaf. Surprise your dinner guests with this fun & delicious classic!
- 1 lb ground beef (I used 80/20)
- 1 lb Italian Sausage
- 1 egg
- 1 cup marinara/pasta sauce, divided (I used Classico Florentine Spinach & Cheese)
- 1/4 cup Italian style bread crumbs
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 cups shredded 6 cheese Italian cheese blend (use whatever Italian cheeses you have, I had a mix of 3 cheese & shredded parmesan)
- 2 cups loosely packed fresh spinach leaves
- Heat oven to 350*F. In a large bowl, mix ground beef, sausage, egg, ½ cup marinara sauce, bread crumbs, & pepper.
- On wax paper, pat mixture into a 12x8" rectangle. Sprinkle evenly with cheese; gently press into meat. Top with spinach. Starting on one end (I rolled mine starting on the 12" side) roll up tightly, using wax paper to start roll & tucking in spinach leaves; seal ends. Place seam side down in an ungreased 9x13" glass baking dish.
- Bake 1 hour. Spread remaining marinara sauce over top. Bake 15 minutes longer or until thermometer inserted in meat loaf reads 160*F. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.