Savory Elegance: Parmesan Meatloaf

Elevate the classic comfort of meatloaf with the rich and savory flavors of Parmesan Meatloaf. This recipe combines the heartiness of ground beef, the umami of Parmesan cheese, and a blend of aromatic herbs and spices to create a mouthwatering dish that’s perfect for family dinners and special occasions alike.


For the Meatloaf:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (85% lean)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional for a hint of heat)
  • 2 large eggs

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.

2. Bread and Milk Mixture: In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and milk. Let them soak for a few minutes until the breadcrumbs absorb the milk and become soft.

3. Mixing the Meatloaf: In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, grated Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs and milk mixture, finely chopped onion, minced garlic, chopped fresh parsley, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using). Mix everything together until well combined.

4. Bind with Eggs:

Add the eggs to the mixture and continue to mix until all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.

5. Shaping the Loaf: Transfer the meat mixture into the greased loaf pan and shape it into a loaf.

6. Glaze Glamour: In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard to create the glaze.

7. Glaze It On: Spread the glaze evenly over the top of the meatloaf.

8. Baking Brilliance: Bake the meatloaf in the preheated oven for about 1 hour or until it’s cooked through, and the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C).

9. Rest and Slice: Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.

10. Serving Savory Slices: Slice the Parmesan Meatloaf and serve it hot with your favorite side dishes.

Conclusion: Parmesan Meatloaf is a savory delight that takes the classic meatloaf to a new level of flavor. With the richness of Parmesan cheese, a blend of aromatic herbs and spices, and a sweet and tangy glaze, each bite is a burst of savory satisfaction. Whether enjoyed on a cozy weeknight or as the centerpiece of a special meal, this meatloaf is sure to become a family favorite.