Easy Meatloaf

We had a holiday dinner party and wanted an easy-to-make dish that could feed a group with limited mess and cost. Enter, meatloaf.  My vision was basically a giant Italian meatball. I found a recipe by Whitney Bond and mixed it with some tips from my brother, and out came the beauty pictured above (never said I was a photographer…)

What you’ll need:

  • small red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 pieces of gluten free bread, crusts removed
  • Tomato basil sauce
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Mix some tomato sauce with the bread until it forms a mushy paste. Mix that with the onion, garlic, beef, ricotta and a bit of Parmesan cheese and press into a loaf pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes
  • Remove from oven and drain the juices. The loaf shrank a bit, that’s okay.  Spread some tomato sauce on top and another sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and bake for another 15 minutes.

Slice, serve and help meatloaf on its journey to redeem its reputation.


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