Make-Ahead Pizza Meatloaves
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Make-Ahead Pizza Meatloaves

  • Prep: 15 minutes
  • Bake: 40 minutes
  • Serves: 6

Ingredients & Directions

  • 1 jar (24 ounces) or
  • 1.5  pounds ground beef
  • 1.5 cups
  • 2 egg, beaten
  • 1  medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup  chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)

Heat the oven to 400°F.  Mix 3/4 cup sauce, beef, stuffing, eggs, onion, pepper and oregano thoroughly and shape firmly into 6 loaves, placing 1 piece cheese in the center of each loaf. Place the loaves into a 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

Bake for 25 minutes or until the meatloaves are cooked through.  If serving immediately, top with the cheese, if desired, and serve with the remaining sauce (warmed). OR, cool the meatloaves completely. Wrap the meatloaves and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Cover and refrigerate the remaining sauce.

Unwrap the meat loaves and place with the remaining sauce in a 12-inch skillet. Cover and heat over medium heat until the meatloaves are hot.  Sprinkle with the shredded mozzarella cheese and serve with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.


Make Ahead Freezer Meal: Omit or reserve the optional shredded cheese.  Assemble the meatloaves and place in a foil baking pan.  Top with the remaining sauce.  Wrap tightly and freeze for up to 3 months. From frozen, bake, covered, for 1 hour or until the meatloaves are cooked through. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese, if desired.

You can also make 1 large meatloaf instead of 6 smaller meatloaves.  Bake for 1 hour or until cooked through.