The Best Meatloaf in a Tomato Sauce

Face plant right into that? Don’t mind if I do.

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Let’s be honest, when was the last time you thought about a meatloaf? Yeah, forever never ago, so I’m bringing sexy back.

Because look at that, we’re baking it in a zingy crushed tomato sauce and wait, are you batting your eyes already? Knew it.

The Best Meatloaf in Tomato Sauce / Bev Cooks

Also, two meats! Two of ’em. See how scandalous I can be for a 43-year old woman who goes to bed before 9pm every night? Yeah, don’t even put me in a box!

I wanted the depth of flavor with traditional ground beef, but to also keep it semi-light with turkey. But see, we’re flavoring the loaf (still can’t say the word loaf with a straight face) as if it’s ALL turkey, but that beef pulls through with its own, man, which makes this whole dern thing a show stopper.

Plus the sauce.

We’ll get there.

Be chillin’!

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So here’s a short cut. Because I’m a massive sissy when it comes to chopping onions because it looks like my face got murdered at the first tiny hint of onion fumes, I use a food processor! So it’s the onion, garlic and parsley all together. Blitz blitz blitz, perfectly minced. WHO’S YER DADDY. (<–sorry about that just now.)

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Then in a large bowl, just combine . . . well, all the things. Sans the tomatoes.

And here’s another tip! If you’re not a fan of your hands going completely achy numb during the massaging (ew) of ingredients, let that meat sit out a while. Like 30 minutes to an hour. It will start to come to room temp and you won’t want to stick your arms in a hot oven post mixing.

Yes I’m fragile, leave me alone.

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Then you shape it into the loaf form hahahahaha, and carefully (I do stress carefully – look at that blood stain! I mean tomato stain. I think.) pour the crushed tomatoes (oh! go with San Marzano. they’ve got the best bright, acidic punch for something like this. you want zing in that sauce since the meat is so deep in flavor. okay bye.) all around the loaf. Then just brush the tomatoes on the loaf. All over the loaf. All around the loaf. All up on dat loaf.

The Best Meatloaf in Tomato Sauce / Bev Cooks

Hiiieeeeeee, gawgeous.

Don’t you feel like we might be looking at Halloween dinner right now? I feel like we might be looking at Halloween dinner right now.

The Best Meatloaf in Tomato Sauce / Bev Cooks

You bake while the kids trick-or-treat! It would be perfect. And you could call it BAKED ARM.



I have no human friends, just as a reminder.

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But I mean, it is just so, so good.

Tender! Tender is a word I’d use. Succulent! Without being too much of a gut bomb. Soooo savory. Like a giant meatBALL in a loaf form that you want to pet and call Frank.

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Because OH, DID I MENTION we’re serving it with angel hair pasta? That’s right we are. We aint’ scared of no loaf!

Just a sweet little mound of angel hair, nestled to the side, so that you can fork into the meat and twirl it into the pasta and dredge it through those tomatoes and be the person you were clearly meant to be.

The Best Meatloaf in Tomato Sauce / Bev Cooks

I think Baked Arm could really take off, you guys.

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  • 1 medium yellow onion, skin removed and cut into large chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup parsley leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 pound ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup Panko
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbs. dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed San Marano tomatoes
  • 12 oz angel hair pasta
  • 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. (Tip! Let your meat sit out on the counter for about 30 minutes to ensure your hands not getting too cold during the mixing. That one’s free.)
  3. In a food processor, combine the onion, garlic and parsley. Pulse a few times until the mixture is a fine chop.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the beef, turkey, onion mix, Panko, parmesan, milk, egg, Italian seasoning and a tsp of coarse salt. Grind a little bit of black pepper right on in. Mix with your hands until all the ingredients are fully combined. Transfer the mound to a flat surface and shape into a loaf. Gently place the loaf in the center of a casserole dish and carefully pour the crushed tomatoes around it. Brush the tomatoes over the top of the loaf. Give the tomatoes a little sprinkle of salt.
  5. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, boil the angel hair until al dente, just about 5 minutes (or less!), drain and toss with the 2 Tbs. of extra-virgin olive oil. Season with a pinch of salt as well.
  7. Slice and serve the meatloaf with the pasta, and a good spoonful of that bright tomato sauce! Garnish with parsley and parmesan and begin your new life.
  8. Serves about 6.

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Is it weird that I’m physically jealous of your mouths’ futures?

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21 Responses to The Best Meatloaf in a Tomato Sauce

  1. Nancy October 24, 2019 at 9:06 am #
    I LOVE meatloaf! And pasta! Perfection!!
  2. The Kitten Abides October 24, 2019 at 10:30 am #
    I don't eat red meat, so I think I might get jiggy with this and sub in turkey Italian sausage for the ground beef. I'm excited to try it ASAP!
    • Bev Weidner October 24, 2019 at 12:46 pm #
      Ohhhhhh I think that would be amazing!! Be sure and let me know how it turns out. :)
  3. Heatherbthyname October 24, 2019 at 11:06 am #
    Yes ma’am! This is gorgeous and I’m makin it pronto. Yummmmers
  4. Debi October 24, 2019 at 2:32 pm #
    I’m not a fan of onions, would it still work if I used onion powder instead? Also, what percentage of fat was the ground beef?
    • Bev Weidner October 24, 2019 at 2:52 pm #
      I think you could definitely use onion powder, sure! Maybe 2 tsp? More if you love that flavor. As far as the beef - 90%/10%. Updating recipe now!
  5. Muthaofa_king November 5, 2019 at 9:37 pm #
    How would you recommend freezing? I would love to make multiple and keep for easy dinner nights lol!:) Btw, I adore you Bev! Thank you for being so fun and real and having amazingly tasty noms!
  6. granny November 26, 2019 at 4:52 am #
    Ohhhhhh I think that would be amazing!! Be sure and let me know how it turns out. :)
  7. Ichi Tokyo December 2, 2019 at 10:00 pm #
    Thanks for a simple, tasty recipe!
  8. happy wheels December 16, 2019 at 9:26 pm #
    This is a pretty good menu!
  9. Rae January 19, 2020 at 1:19 pm #
    Looking for a tomato gravy recipe for meatloaf and found this. I love it! I also love your attitude, and knowing all the words to The Sound of Music (my favorite movie) clinched it. I'm following you now.
  10. Liane May 6, 2020 at 7:29 pm #
    Hi Can I just use all beef? I dont have any other meat available today
  11. Claudia Taylor May 20, 2020 at 3:43 pm #
    I made this last night and my husband and I both LOVED it! Used a great imported brand of spaghetti as we didn’t have angel hair and it was awesome. I didn’t have fresh parsley so I used dried parsley. One thing, the meat was delicious but yours looks more juicy, and my ground beef was 85% lean. Is it the fresh parsley that might have made the difference? No complaints though. It was so good we will make this a regular. Hubby had a sandwich from the leftovers and raved about it. Thanks much Bev.
  12. Best Boxing Gloves December 20, 2020 at 11:53 pm #
    its look so yummy Thanks for sharing
  13. impossible game April 30, 2021 at 11:49 pm #
    Apart from the fact that the bread made your way is really delicious, I'd say the way you write the instructions is really different. It gives me lots of inspiration to do! And what I'm really interested in is that with that amount of meat, eggs and milk, can I regularly consume it? Because I am in the process of losing weight, I do not eat, it is quite ... craving, if I eat a lot, I fear I will get fat :(
  14. Wordpress Agency Pakistan June 15, 2021 at 3:00 pm #
    As a non-onion eater, can I use onion powder instead? Could you please tell me what the percentage of fat in the ground beef was?
  15. LorenzoGioco June 25, 2021 at 2:26 am #
    Really nice article
  16. JJ March 4, 2022 at 7:16 pm #
    I'm a little late in the game, but I'm intrigued by baked arm and what looks like intestines. I have seriously never thought of putting the two together, but they look delicious! Thank you!


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