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Italian Meat Loaf October 5, 2011

Filed under: Money Saving Meals — Sara @ 3:14 pm
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Money Saving Meals – Italian Meatloaf


Before you roll your eyes…I PROMISE this is not the same nasty, make you want to gag, meatloaf you grew up eating as a child…go ahead, give it a try…you’ll be impressed!


1 lb of ground meat (I use turkey, but any will work)

½ c of bread crumbs

1 egg

Seasonings of your choice (I use dried Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, pepper, and grated parmesan cheese)

1 Package of sliced cheese (I usually use mozzarella or provolone)

1 Package of sliced ham

Ketchup / Tomato sauce / or Spaghetti sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350. Mix meat, bread crumbs, egg, and seasonings until well combined.
  • Press meat out, onto a piece of wax paper or cutting board, in the shape of a rectangle. Make it as long as your loaf pan.
  • Top with sliced cheese and ham
  • Roll up, jelly roll style
  • Place in loaf pan and place another couple of slices of cheese on top
  • Cover with sauce. This time I used ketchup and a can of diced tomatoes…don’t laugh, I was in a hurry – no time to make sauce
  • Bake for 1 hour  and enjoy

Step By Step Meatloaf Making













1 lb of ground turkey – $3

½ cup of Bread Crumbs – Under $1

1 egg – under $.50

1 package of lunch meat – $2

1 package of sliced cheese – $3

Tomato sauce – $2

I served the Italian Meatloaf with a loaf of frozen garlic bread that was on sale for $1, a package of frozen veggies my local grocery sells for $.88 a package, and some mashed potatoes made from potatoes that were about to start growing something funktastic. Dinner  in my house is all about using what’s in the pantry. So while this meal costs a little more than $10, the only things I don’t always have on hand are the ground meat and sliced cheese. Dinner is a lot cheaper when you use what you have. You never have to follow a recipe exactly, use what you have and make the meal your own.



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