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Meatloaf with Tomato Sauce

Meatloaf with Tomato Sauce is a simple, inexpensive recipe but sure to be a crowd pleaser with the tomato sauce baked with it. The meatloaf itself is enriched with the rich flavours of Italian sausages and salami.

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes + 10 minutes standing


250g Italian sausages
1 large (350g) red capsicum, chopped finely
1 large (200g) brown onion, chopped finely
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
500g beef mince
100g sliced salami, coarsely chopped
¾ cup (50g) stale breadcrumbs
1/3 cup (80ml) good quality barbecue sauce
1 egg, beaten lightly
¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
400g can diced tomatoes
125g cherry tomatoes, halved
Gnocchi and steamed/roasted winter vegetables, to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 200’C. Line a loaf tin (23cm x 12cm) with plastic wrap to mould meatloaf in. Line a baking tray big enough to hold the loaf tin with baking paper.
  2. Remove sausages from their skins, crumble and combine with capsicum, onion, garlic, mince, salami, breadcrumbs, barbecue sauce, egg and parsley in a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Press this mixture firmly into the loaf pan, then turn it out onto the baking dish. Combine cherry and canned tomatoes and pour evenly over the meatloaf.
  4. Bake meatloaf, uncovered, for about 1 hour or until cooked through. Stand 10 minutes before cutting.
  5. Serve the meatloaf with gnocchi and/or steamed vegetables, if desired.

Related Recipe: Modern Meatloaf with Middle Eastern Flavours

First published in Selector Magazine. For recommended wine matches look here.

Photography by: John Bader