Recipe courtesy of Michele Urvater

Classic Meatloaf

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs (about 2 slices)

1/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup onions, finely diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 pound ground beef chuck

1/2 pound ground pork butt or sweet sausage meat

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/3 cup grated Romano or Parmesan or sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 cup chopped parsley

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Soak the bread crumbs in milk. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan.
  2. Heat the olive oil. When hot add the onions and saute for about 8 minutes or until golden and beginning to brown. Add the garlic and saute for a few seconds. Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the contents to a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the soaked bread crumbs, ground chuck and ground pork butt and mix with 1 egg. Add grated cheese, fennel, oregano, and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Saute some of the mixture before tasting and adjusting for seasoning.)
  4. Transfer the mix to a loaf pan and bake at high heat for 15 minutes. Lower the heat to 350 degrees and bake for 1 hour or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Let rest 15 minutes before cutting.