Easy Parmesan Meatloaf – Cheesy Meat Loaf Recipe

Are you tired of the same old boring meat loaf recipe? This easy Parmesan meatloaf is flavored with Italian inspired fresh herbs and topped with a layer tasty Parmesan cheese and a delicious homemade marinara sauce. It is fall comfort food at its best and a great addition to your collection of Italian recipes!

This Parmesan meatloaf recipe is flavored with fresh herbs and has a cheese topping and fresh marinara sauce. #parmesanmeatloaf

I am tired of meatloaf recipes getting a bad rap.  With the right blend of spices, you can turn this simple family staple into something extraordinary in the taste department.  You will make believers out of those who say that there is no such thing as a great meat loaf recipe.

This Parmesan meatloaf could not be easier to prepare!

Using fresh herbs for cooking this recipe adds so much flavor. Thyme, basil and marjoram all do their part in giving great taste to the meatloaf.

Ingredients for Parmesan meat loaf

The Parmesan cheese in the mixture and the cheddar cheese on the top of the meatloaf add and extra richness to the meat loaf recipe, and the Italian inspired fresh herbs and a sauce made from roasted tomatoes are the key to the ingredients.  I make this in bulk and freeze it, so that I have it to use in all sorts of recipes.  But if you don’t want to take the time to roast the tomatoes and make the sauce, a good quality bottled sauce will do.  Just add a splash of red wine to it, since that will give it extra flavor.

Homemade marinara sauce

I use a medium sized loaf pan.  I like my meat loaves to be narrow and tall!  This recipes fits it beautifully.

Meat loaf ready to cook.

One of the beauties of a meat loaf recipe is that it is very fast to put together.  Just make the loaf, put it in the fridge and then spend the day doing other things you enjoy.  (for me today, it is tidying up my office, if you can believe it.  Not the most appealing of jobs, but I know I will be happy when I get it done.)  Then tonight, I will just pop this beauty in the oven and can relax with a glass of wine while it cooks.

Time to taste this Parmesan meat loaf recipe

The Parmesan meatloaf is very moist and full of flavor. Add an extra dollop of the the marinara sauce on top to garnish.   It is also great served cold the next day.

Easy Parmesan Meatloaf

Serve this Parmesan meatloaf with creamy mashed potatoes and a salad or veggie side dish and you will have another ultimate comfort food recipe!Easy Parmesan Meat loaf recipe

This meatloaf is sure to become a family favorite. It serves 8 and works out to just under 390 calories each.Parmesan meatloaf label

Yield: 8

Easy Parmesan Meatloaf - The Ultimate Comfort Food

Easy Parmesan Meatloaf - The Ultimate Comfort Food
Are you tired of a boring meat loaf recipe? This easy Parmesan meatloaf is flavored with Italian inspired fresh herbs & topped with tasty cheddar cheese.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 egg ( I use free range eggs)
  • 2 tbsp Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp fresh basil
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp fresh marjoram (you can use oregano if you can't find fresh marjoram)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup marinara pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • parsley for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350 º F. Lightly grease a loaf pan with cooking spray, and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, thyme, marjoram, basil, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Just mix until well combined. Don't over handle it or the meat loaf will be tough. Place the mixture in the greased loaf pan and form into a loaf. Top the meatloaf with the pasta sauce.
  • Place in the preheated oven for 45 minutes - 1 hour. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and sprinkle the top with the shredded cheddar cheese. Put the meatloaf back in the oven and bake just until the cheese has melted. Warm the marinara sauce.
  • Allow the loaf to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Serve with the warm marinara sauce spooned over the slices. Garnish with parsley and serve.
  • Nutrition Information

    Amount Per Serving Calories 389.6 Total Fat 29.1g Saturated Fat 12.5g Unsaturated Fat 1.2g Cholesterol 120.7mg Sodium 635.7mg Carbohydrates 4.3g Fiber .9g Sugar 1.5g Protein 25.9g

    Share on Social Media