Easy Pizza Meatloaf Recipe ~ Finally a Meatloaf Your Kids Will Eat Without Complaint!

Finally a meatloaf kids will happily eat! This easy pizza meatloaf recipe is moist, flavorful, and kid-approved! Click to see the recipe.

Do your kids normally turn their noses up at meatloaf?  Mine too!  It used to be a huge battle to get them to eat it, but I finally discovered a recipe that my kids will happily eat.  This easy pizza meatloaf recipe is now one of their favorites and they actually ask me to make it on a regular basis!

As a work at home mom, I have the luxury of making recipes that have to cook a long time.  However, that doesn’t mean that I want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, as that takes away from the time I have to get my work done.  So I love making meatloaf.  It just takes a few minutes to mix together, put it in the Perfect Meatloaf Pan.  Then I just throw it in the oven and get back to work.

However my kids hated the meatloaf I usually make.  So I decided to experiment a bit.  I used Italian bread crumbs in place of the regular ones, put a layer of mozzarella cheese in the middle, and topped it with pizza sauce instead of the standard ketchup.  I told my kids it was pizza meatloaf.  Evidently pizza sauce and cheese make anything more appetizing for a kid 🙂  They gobbled it up and my picky son even asked for seconds.  Score one for mom!

Ingredients needed for this Pizza Meat Loaf Recipe

  • 2 cups Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 Onion, diced fine
  • 1 clove Garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef (lean so you have less fat to drain off)
  • 2 cups Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • 1 Jar Pizza Sauce (We like the flavor of Boboli Pizza Sauce and use 2 packets)

Pizza Meatloaf Recipe Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine everything but the cheese and sauce.  Mix well.  Press half the meat mixture into a large loaf pan.  Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the meat layer.  Then top with the remaining beef, pressing down so that it all forms together well.  Bake for 1 hour, uncovered.  Top with the pizza sauce then return to the oven for another 20 minutes.

Be Sure to Check the Temperature of this Pizza Meat Loaf Recipe Before You Serve It!

As a former registered dietitian, I do have to mention the importance of checking the internal temperature of the cooked meat to make sure it’s cooked thoroughly.  All those food safety classes I had to take really pounded that into my head 🙂  Anything with ground beef needs to be cooked to 160 degrees.  I use this digital meat thermometer with probe to check meat temperatures.

The probe is oven safe so you can stick it in the meat loaf when you put it in the oven and set the alarm to go off when it reaches the safe temperature.  That’s so helpful when you work from home and don’t want to have to worry about remembering to remove the meat loaf from the oven.  That feature has saved me from burning many a meal 🙂  Another nice feature of this particular one is that it can also function as a timer.  So that’s one less kitchen gadget taking up space.

For safe cooking temperatures for different types of meat and poultry, be sure to check out this chart from FoodSafety.gov.

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Finally a meatloaf kids will happily eat! This easy pizza meatloaf recipe is moist, flavorful, and kid-approved! Click to see the recipe.

I make pizza meat loaf at least a couple of times a month.  I love how easy it is to put together.  It always turns out moist and tender and has great flavor.

If you try this easy pizza meatloaf recipe for your family, you will have to come back here and let me know how they liked it.  So tell me… What are some of your go-to meal ideas that are kid-approved but still easy to prepare?

29 thoughts on “Easy Pizza Meatloaf Recipe ~ Finally a Meatloaf Your Kids Will Eat Without Complaint!

  1. Sandra Garth

    Go Mom you got them to eat it!! Thanks for this twist on a classic and for sharing your links at Celebrate Your Story. Hope you join us again next week.

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  4. Jess Benoit

    This looks and sounds really good!! I love trying all kinds of different meatloaf variations and this one will be added to the mix. Thanks!

  5. Crystal Green

    My kids BEG for my meatloaf. However, this looks really good! I am going to have to try this on them too.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you again next week when we open our doors at 12 AM EST on Friday.

  6. Elaine Matthews

    Sounds yummy to me too!! What if you did half Italian sausage…that sounds good too! Great idea!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Pinned!

  7. Theresa

    Sounds so good. I wish my daughter would eat meatloaf. Her dad loves it. I’ll have to try this when shes at a friends. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Pinned & sharing

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  9. Emily

    This sounds really good! I would’ve have thought about using pizza sauce with meatloaf. Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday.

  10. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    What a great idea! My daughter is vegetarian, so no meatloaf there, and my son loves my meatloaf, but they are older. I remember when they were younger they wouldn’t even touch it! This would have really changed things. And it sounds so good that I’m going to make it anyway! Mom loves pizza too! Thanks for sharing, it sounds like a fun dinner!

  11. Leslie

    Yum! My MIL makes an Italian meatloaf that is delicious. I’ll have to compare this recipe to hers.

    1. Jen Post author

      For some reason tacking pizza on to the name makes kids 100% more likely to try it 🙂 Whatever works, right?

    1. Jen Post author

      We often serve pasta with ours as well. Thanks for visiting!

  12. Erica Schmidt

    What a great idea! I love meatloaf but the rest of the fam are not exactly fans, I’ll have to give this a try! Pinning for later, thanks!

    1. Jen Post author

      I hope your family enjoys it Erica! This is the only meatloaf my kids will eat.

  13. Teresa

    Thank you for the recipe. I’ll try it this weekend and I’m sure it will be a hit. And not just with the kids…
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party!

  14. Susan

    My kids don’t like meatloaf, but I think that they’ll like your pizza meatloaf recipe. I’ll give it a try this weekend. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll LInk Party.

  15. Liz W.

    That’s amazing! I would never have thought of pizza meatloaf! I’m going to have to try it now 🙂 Thanks for linking up at Funtastic Friday!

    1. Jen Post author

      Thanks for visiting Liz! I hope you enjoy the meatloaf 🙂


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