Family-Style Italian Meatloaf

Meatloaf with Italian Seasoning_sml
This is a flavorful and fragrant meatloaf with Italian Seasoning, served family style
Serves 12

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large zucchini, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 green pepper, finely diced
1 large onion, finely diced
6 cloves garlic, smashed to a paste
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, divided
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves, plus ¼ cup coarsely chopped for garnish
1 pound ground pork
1 pound ground sirloin
1 pound ground beef chuck
3 or 4 strips of uncooked bacon
1 ½ cups plain bread crumbs
1 cup freshly grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cup ketchup, divided
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, divided

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
2. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium high heat.
3. Add the zucchini, peppers, onion, garlic paste, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, add kosher salt and pepper to taste, and cook until almost soft (about 8 minutes). Set aside to cool.
4. Whisk together the eggs and herbs in a large bowl. Add the meat, bread crumbs, cheese, 1/2 cup of the ketchup, ¼ cup of the balsamic vinegar, and the cooled vegetables. Mix until just combined. Don’t over work the mixture.
5. Mold the meatloaf on a greased baking sheet. Whisk together the remaining ketchup, balsamic vinegar, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Brush the mixture over the entire loaf. Top with strips of bacon.
6. Bake the meatloaf for 2 hours, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 170 degrees. Remove from the oven and let rest for 20-30 minutes before slicing.

Lea Forms LoafThis is a really good recipe when you want to add a little different flare to your family meal. The combination of chuck, sirloin and pork certainly delivers on flavor, and the dish makes a wonderfully tasty comfort food for the whole family to enjoy

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