Italian Meatloaf

Mealoaf is one of those dishes that is so homing.  It just feels like something my mom would make for a Sunday dinner.  But I love the idea of turning a classic into something new and that’s exactly what Ree did.  We are going to make an Italian version of meatloaf that is on page 212, Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole on page 283 and Cheese Biscuits on page 332 of the Dinnertime Pioneer Woman cookbook.  Be ready for a meal that sticks to your bones and puts you in food heaven!!

Italian Meatloaf

Delicious Scale- 9 out of 10

Husband Delicious Scale- 9 out of 10

Prep Time- About an hour and a half

Clean up- 2 dishes

So I couldn’t find pancetta in the grocery store so I just left that part out but I think that would make this even more amazing.  I decided to use 1 pound of ground beef and 1 pound sausage to go down the Italian road, which she recommends in her variations section of her recipes.  What makes this recipe Italian compared to an original meatloaf recipe is adding parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, tomatoes and the pancetta.  One of my husbands favorite meals is meatloaf so he was all over this one.  I did change the topping on the mealoaf because my husband does not like tomatoes.  I mixed together ketchup, brown sugar and dry mustard and let it cook on top of the meatloaf at the end.  This topping is magical on meatloaf, if you have never tried it I would highly recommend it.  I would recommend cutting back on the salt that you add to this dish because the sausage adds quite a bit of saltiness.  I put it in a square pan instead of forming it into a loaf because I love when the edges of the pan get a little crunchiness.  That is the definition of a perfect bite.

Now an amazing protein needs equally amazing side dishes.  This broccoli and cauliflower casserole will literally knock your socks off.  Seriously when I took my first bite I was like why are my feet so cold all of a sudden? Haha!

Broccoli & Cauliflower Casserole

Delicious Scale- 9 out of 10

Husband Delicious Scale- 9 out of 10

Prep Time- 40 minutes

I cheated and used frozen cauliflower and broccoli because its so much easier.  I just let the bags defrost on the counter all day and then threw them into the dish.  Whenever you put cheese sauce over anything it has to be good right?  I wish I could pour it over seafood and magically like that but there is no way.  So I guess it can’t make everything better.  The casserole gets topped with breadcrumbs which adds such a nice crunch to make this a perfect veggie dish.  I would eat this for every dinner I could not get enough.IMG_3940

Now onto cheese bisquits because I didn’t think this dinner was rich enough already.

Cheese Bisquits

Delicious Scale- 7 out of 10

Husband Delicious Scale- 7 out of 10

Prep Time- 30 minutes

Clean up- Not bad the normal amount for baking bisquits.

Without a doubt every time I bring out a bowl and spoon my daughter is right there asking if she can help.  She is absolutely a cook in the making.IMG_3922

We are still working on her ability to keep her eyes open when she smiles.  These were really easy to make and I love that you just put them in cupcake pans. IMG_3926

They were so delicious right out of the oven but not good left over.  They became pretty dry with reheating them again but if you put lots of butter on top that helps.  This dinner was full fat but also fully delicious and worth it once in a while.  Portion control!


My 2 year old ate everything on her plate including the vegetables so this will absolutely be a meal I make again.  On to the next adventure through the Pioneer Woman Cookbook.

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