This post is sponsored by the Certified Angus Beef ® brand in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
That’s right! I took my favorite dish of all time and put it in the most comforting dish of all time. Lasagna Stuffed Meatloaf is meaty, cheesy, and a great twist on two classic meals.
Y’all know I love lasagna, right? I’m sure I’ve discussed it a few times before. One would think, as much as I love lasagna I would have more lasagna recipes on my blog! If not, at least more lasagna mash up recipes like these sloppy joes on there, too. I should work on that.
Of course, I’m adding to my collection with this meatloaf. It didn’t start out as a lasagna stuffed meatloaf. No. It started out as a spaghetti stuffed meatloaf. And I may still work through that recipe and share it with y’all, too. So, stay tuned for that one.
So, I was working on a recipe for spaghetti stuffed meatloaf. I made it quite a few times before I realized it was just missing something. It needed some oomph. Something that just makes you want to keep eating it because it tastes so delicious.
I’m still not sure why it took me so long to figure that out. One would think that as much as I love lasagna it would have been first on my mind. But, I’m ashamed to say, it wasn’t. However, it is the first stuffed meatloaf that I’ve published on my blog. So, that should say something!
Of course, this meatloaf is made even more delicious because I used Certified Angus Beef® brand ground beef. I know I’ve talked about how amazing their beef is before. And I will talk about their beef every chance I get.
My father and step-mother were over for dinner recently. Since the weather was going to be nice the hubs and I decided to grill some steaks. So, what’s a hoor to do? Go to her local Weis market and pick up some bone-in strip steaks, since they were on sale.
I grab some items from the produce section, check out the pasta for wagon wheels, and then head to the meat section to pick out my steaks. Now, I felt like a kid in a candy store. Not only did they have a great selection of Certified Angus Beef® brand meats, but Weis had several packages with additional discounts. I couldn’t help myself. A lot of these packages of meat were at least if not more than half price!!
HOLY MOLY JACKPOT!
I loaded up so much meat that the manager had to override a few of the packages because of the discount. I bought some top round, bottom round, stew meat, and something marked fondue. I’m guessing that’s tender strips of some sort of steak to be cooked in an oil fondue? I’ll have to research that one. And, of course, I bought the Certified Angus Beef® brand bone-in strip steaks.
While I was standing there trying to pick out the best package of steaks, a Weis employee was drooling over a gorgeous eye of round roast. Oh yeah! I got one of those two. She was commenting on how one day she was going to purchase one and cook it. So, of course, what did I do? I said, “You should! And then use their Roast Perfect app to cook it!” She was surprised to find out about the app. “Yes! Certified Angus Beef® brand has an app that tells you how to cook roasts perfectly. I use it for all my rib roasts!”
Then she said, “Really? I’ll go download that right now!”
Fast forward to dinner with Dad and step-mom. I told them we were eating Certified Angus Beef® brand bone-in strip steaks for dinner. Dad asked what I have to do to be an ambassador for the brand. So, I started explaining what that all entails, how much we love their meat, and all the required elements to be Certified Angus Beef® brand! I don’t think he was expecting so much information. He even commented about my “on” button as far as talking about the brand goes.
However, when we sat down to dinner, and my step-mother who typically eats like a bird devoured her whole steak, they understood perfectly! It truly is the best beef we have ever eaten. I told them where they could purchase Certified Angus Beef® brand meat in our area. The stores are few, but definitely worth the drive for melt in your mouth goodness.
I have to admit, these aren’t the most gorgeous photos and it’s not the most editorial recipe to photograph. See what I mean? But, what I will admit is that this meatloaf is so good. It has that Italian meatloaf flavor in the meat. Because our meatloaf is always Italian for some reason. There’s garlic, onion, Italian spices, and some tomato paste in the ground beef mixture.
Tomato paste in the beef? Yes! Try it. It adds a level of flavor to the ground beef you’ll love. And it adds moisture if you’re using low fat ground beef, like we did. Yes. I use low fat ground beef in all my recipes. The hubs has an issue with cholesterol that statins cannot contain. It’s genetic and off the charts. So, I do what I can with our diet to try to keep his numbers relatively low for him. And when I use the lowfat ground beef, I find all the ways to make sure it stays moist.
You see those layers?
That’s lasagna noodles, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses mixed with a little tomato sauce and garlic, more noodles, then more tender and juicy Certified Angus Beef® brand ground beef. There’s some mozzarella on top that I browned in the broiler before slicing and serving. You can’t tell me you’re not drooling. I’m drooling!
See how moist, tender, and juicy that meatloaf is? It’s definitely not your mother’s meatloaf. Those layers of noodles, cheese, and beef. I can’t imagine anyone’s mother making a meatloaf like this one. Mine sure didn’t. Actually, I think it was Dad that made the meatloaf most of the time. And, I’m not ashamed to say, most of the time our meatloaf was made in the microwave oven.
We had like the Cadillac of microwaves. It had the probe and everything. We would shape the meatloaf around the edge of the Pyrex dish allowing the juices and grease to pool in the center. It was like the bundt pan of meatloaves.
Anyway, this meatloaf is not like that meatloaf. It’s not like any meatloaf I’ve ever eaten or made before. The Certified Angus Beef® brand ground beef has intense flavor that compliments the ricotta and mozzarella cheese in the filling. Serve with a nice tossed salad and you have a great dinner for your family.
And, the next day you can have a delicious meatloaf sandwich with the leftovers! I don’t know what it is about meatloaf, but it makes the most delicious sandwiches for lunch. After my little photo shoot, I couldn’t resist the craving to slice some meatloaf up and put it between two slices of sandwich bread.
Yes, that’s Colby jack cheese there on the bread. I was out of provolone. A good smoked provolone would be fabulous or sliced mozzarella. Heck. I’m not prejudice with my cheese. I love all cheese equally. Especially when they’re on bread in a sandwich with this amazing lasagna stuffed meatloaf.
Trust me when I say you’ll love to eat this meatloaf for dinner, lunch, and the lunch the next day, maybe for breakfast. It’s that good! Have you stuffed your meatloaf before?
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- 2 pounds Certified Angus Beef® brand lean, ground beef
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons grated onion
- 1 tablespoon grated garlic, I used a garlic press
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 1/3 cups ricotta cheese
- 3/4 cup pizza sauce, divided (or half tomato sauce half tomato paste)
- 6 lasagna noodles, cooked
- 3 cups shredded, mozzarella cheese, divided
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine the Certified Angus Beef® brand lean, ground beef with the next seven ingredients (eggs through black pepper). Using your hands, mix until combined.
- Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap using two pieces; one lining it on the short side and one lining it on the long side (the two pieces will form a cross). Press 2/3 of the meat mixture into the loaf pan. You will want an even amount of ground beef around the bottom, edges, and side of the pan. Set aside.
- In a small bowl combine the ricotta cheese with 1/4 cup of the pizza sauce.
- Cutting the noodles to size with your kitchen shears, place one layer of noodles in the bottom of the pan on top of the meat mixture. Spread half of the ricotta mixture on top of the noodles. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Place a layer of noodles on top of the ricotta mixture, spread with the remaining ricotta mixture, and sprinkle with another 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese before placing the last layer of noodles on top.
- On a piece of plastic wrap, press the remaining meatloaf mixture out in a rectangle large enough to cover the meatloaf in the pan. Press the edges of the meatloaf on top to the meatloaf on the sides of the pan to seal in the lasagna filling.
- Cover a roasting pan with a wire rack with aluminum foil (I cut slits in the foil on the rack to allow the juice to escape and not steam the meatloaf). Place the rack on top of the loaf pan and carefully invert the loaf pan (flip it over). Remove the plastic wrap from the meatloaf.
- Baste the meatloaf with half of the remaining sauce. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes. Insert a meat thermometer horizontally into the top of the meatloaf making sure to insert the thermometer into the meat and not the lasagna filling. Cook the meatloaf until it reaches 145F.
- Remove from the oven, baste with remaining sauce and top with remaining cheese. Bake until the thermometer reaches 155F before removing from the oven and resting at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
Want to see some more delicious Certified Angus Beef® brand recipes?
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Roasted Shallot and Herb Roast
Deliciously Drunken Marinated Steak
Skillet Beet Stew
New York Strip Roast with Savory Crust
Beef Round Roast Marinated In Beer & Brown Sugar
Pressure Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup
Herbed Beef Tenderloin Roast
Sweet Chili Braised Beef Short Rib Appetizers
Rotisserie Sirloin Roast
Garlic Lovers Steak and Scallops
Easy Slow Cooker Roast Beef
Beef and Winter Vegetable Lasagna