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Courtney's Italian Meatloaf

I LOVE meatloaf! It's one of those classic recipes that comes together easily and reminds me of childhood. Guests Sophie and Brandon Pierce shared with us their mother's delicious meatloaf recipe and it got me in the meatloaf mood. However, any fan of Hey Sis, Eat This knows good and well that pork is a big NO NO for me (Courtney) and this particular recipe calls for pork. Because I had a hankering, I decided to makeover their recipe, not only making it pork free, but also gluten free. The result was absolutely juicy and delicious!

Courtney's Italian Meatloaf

Why it's on our list

Siblings Sophie and Brandon Pierce have the fondest memories of their Momma June's famous meatloaf. Not only was it one of their favorite recipes from childhood but June would make it every Valentine's Day in the shape of a heart. While Momma June's Meatloaf is a more traditional meatloaf, I've adapted this recipe to be pork and veal free as well gluten free. Instead of the usual ketchup topping found on most meatloaves, my version uses marinara sauce, cutting down on sugar and corn syrup, hence calling it "Italian Meatloaf." You don't miss a bit of flavor with this version and the parmesan and fresh herbs add a depth of flavor that is missing in more classic meatloaf recipes. You could also make this with ground turkey instead of beef and use real breadcrumbs instead of GF. Get creative and make it your own then let us know how it turns out!


  • 2 TLBS extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 LB lean ground beef or ground turkey

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup parmesan cheese plus more for topping

  • 1 cup Panko gluten free bread crumbs

  • 1 onion diced small

  • 2 garlic cloves minced

  • 2 TBLS fresh parsley

  • 1 TBLS Italian seasoning

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp pepper

  • 1 cup marinara


Preheat oven to 350. Spray loaf pan with oil.

Heat 1 TBLS of the olive oil on medium heat in a skillet. Sautee onion until translucent, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and sautee for an additional 1 minute. Transfer onion mixture to a glass mixing bowl.

Once onions and garlic have cooled slightly, combine the beef and the rest of the ingredients until well blended.

Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan and top with marinara sauce.

Bake for 50 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160.

* Optional: Remove meatloaf from oven after 40 minutes. Top with 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese and place back in oven to continue baking until done.


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