Fall Vittles: Turkey Meat Loaf With An Italian Flair

I feel like you are either a meat loaf person or you're not...today I am.  I found this Italian style loaf on Spoonful, and fell in love with the fact it used turkey meat. It took about 2 minutes to put together, and looked as pretty as a loaf of meat can look. Enjoy...

What You'll Need:
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup fine Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups pasta sauce
How to Make It:

1. Heat the oven to 350 F. Oil a large jelly roll pan or a roasting pan and set it aside.

2. Combine all the ingredients except the pasta sauce in a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, toss the ingredients lightly to evenly distribute them, then knead the mixture well.

3. Transfer the mixture to your baking pan, shaping it into a loaf about 12 inches long and 5 inches wide. Bake it for 40 minutes, then remove it from the oven and spread a cup of pasta sauce over the top. Keep baking the meat loaf until it is cooked through, about 35 minutes more.

4. Allow the loaf to sit in the pan for 15 minutes before slicing it.

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