CHEESY ITALIAN MEATLOAF

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Cheesy Italian Meatloaf made in a bundt pan, turns a simple meal into something extraordinary. The pretty presentation elevates this humble and flavorful Italian-style meatloaf, and takes it to another level.

I’ve had a life long love of meatloaf. Our homestyle favorite meatloaf we call simply delicious meatloaf. Then, there’s a seasonal favorite, turkey meatloaf muffins frosted with mashed potatoes. I also make a taco meatloaf that we love any day of the week. Another fun take on meatloaf is this buffalo chicken meatloaf from Food Network. I’ve found, that the minute you change the shape of a classic dish, it elevates it and makes it seem more special. I love baking bundt cakes, and do so regularly but, it sure is nice to have a savory use for my pan, too.

Ingredients
3 lb lean ground beef i.e. 90/10 OR 2 lbs with 1 lb Italian sausage
1 medium sweet onion finely diced
1 medium green bell pepper seeded and finely diced
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup pasta sauce plus additional warmed for serving
2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or Italian parsley
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp dry Italian seasoning
2 tsp steak seasoning i.e.Montreal or Chicago
1 ½ tsp salt may adjust to taste
4 cloves garlic minced
3 large eggs lightly beaten
1 8 oz block mozzarella cheese, sliced into 20 equal slices
8-10 slices mozzarella or provolone cheese

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Liberally spray a bundt pan with cooking spray. Have nearby a foil lined sheet pan.
In a medium-size mixing bowl mix together the ground beef, onion, green pepper, bread crumbs, Parmesan, pasta sauce, parsley, Worcestershire, Italian seasoning, steak seasoning, garlic and salt. Add eggs.
Using your hands mix until fully combined and the ingredients are evenly distributed. Divided in half.
Press ½ of meatloaf mixture in pan. Arrange the mozzarella cheese over the meatloaf then top with the remaining meatloaf mixture. Press evenly.
Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven. Drain liquid from bundt pan. (Use oven mitts the pan will be hot.) Center foil lined sheet pan on top, then flip to Invert meatloaf onto the pan. Arrange cheese slices overlapping on top.
Increase oven temperature to 375°F. Return to oven baking for an additional 15 minutes or until cooked through and cheese has melted. Rest on pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a platter or cake stand.
Serve slices with additional warm pasta sauce on the side.

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