Stuffed Italian Meatloaf – Our Grandmother’s Recipe

Tantalize your tastebuds with this family-favorite Italian meatloaf! My grandmother has passed down this amazing recipe for generations. Everyone in the family goes wild for it. The moist and flavorful interior is stuffed with a blend of mozzarella, Parmesan, and ricotta cheese. The outside is deliciously seasoned with herbs and paprika, giving it a well-rounded flavor.


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup Italian-style dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • Instructions:

    • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
    • In a large bowl, beat the egg until blended. Add bread crumbs, onion, celery, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and paprika; mix well. Add ground beef and parsley; mix until combined.
    • Press 3/4 of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
    • Combine ricotta cheese and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese; spread over the beef mixture.
    • Spoon remaining beef mixture over the top, patting to cover cheese. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
    • Bake for 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 160°F.
    • Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

    This delectable dish is perfect for Sunday dinner with the family. The cozy flavors of the Italian breadcrumbs and cheeses come together to create an amazing and indulgent experience. The slight kick of paprika gives it a nice touch of spice. Serve it alongside some freshly cooked pasta or a crisp salad and enjoy.

    Stuffed Italian meatloaf is a classic dish that will always remain in our family treasured recipes. For a similar take on the Italian classic, check out our recipes for stuffed zucchini or baked spaghetti meatballs. They are sure to be a hit with your family.