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Italian meatloaf with spiced tomato sauce recipe

Italian meatloaf with spiced tomato sauce recipe

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Serve up a storm with this delicious family-sized Italian meatloaf for dinner tonight. This saucy meatloaf is cooked with spicy tomato sauce that's filled with herbs, chillies and roasted vegetables. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 30min to prepare and 1hr to cook
  • 405 calories / serving


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1tsp fennel seeds
  • ½tsp chilli flakes
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 6 anchovies, finely chopped
  • bunch of flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 6 sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 100g chargrilled roasted peppers
  • 500g lamb mince
  • 250g pork mince
  • 1 medium egg, whisked
  • 100ml red wine

For the tomato sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • ½ red chilli, finely chopped
  • 2tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp soft light brown sugar
  • 1tbsp red wine vinegar
If you don't have mince, cut open some sausages instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    24g 34%
  • Saturates

    8g 40%
  • Sugars

    14g 15%
  • Salt

    1.3g 21%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 17.2g Protein 29.2g Fibre 3.9g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and sweat for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and spices, continue to fry for a couple more minutes. Spoon into a bowl and allow to cool.
  3. Add the lemon zest, chopped anchovies, parsley, chopped tomatoes, peppers, lamb and pork mince. Season generously, add the egg and wine and with clean hands scrunch to mix through. Spoon the mixture into a 2lb (900g) loaf tin as an even layer. Place in a deep roasting tray and fill with enough hot water so that it comes halfway up the sides of the loaf tin. Cover the whole thing in foil and bake in the oven for 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce; soften the onion in the oil over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir through the chili and tinned tomatoes, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth in a food processor. Return to a saucepan and simmer gently for 15 minutes more, adding a splash of water if it thickens too much. Check the seasoning and keep warm.
  5. Test the meatloaf is cooked by poking the centre with the tip of a sharp knife to check the juices run clear (or test with a meat thermometer). Leave for 10 minutes in the tin, then drain away the juices. Turn the meatloaf out onto a warm serving dish. Serve in slices with the spiced tomato sauce spooned over.

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