They like it, I don’t

I tried a new recipe last week — Italian-Style Meatloaf — and both my husband and my daughter loved it.

Me? Not so much.

This is the first time in nearly 14 years cooking for my family that they love something I made and I didn’t. Usually it’s the other way around, with me trying to convince them they love something so I can make it again.

I have nothing against meatloaf. I love it, actually, especially the fact that everyone has a different way to make it and it’s always good. I assumed an Italian-style version would be great, too. It wasn’t bad, but I just prefer a more traditional recipe. Only now I have two people championing for it.

It’s an interesting problem to have.


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 11/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage, crumbled
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 6 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

Place beef, sausage, bread crumbs, egg, salt and oregano in a large bowl. Add onion and garlic. Mix well.

Form half of meat mixture in a loaf pan. Top meat layer with mozzarella slices. Cover with remaining meat mixture.

Top meatloaf with pizza sauce. Bake until cooked through, about 50 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Pour off any pan drippings before slicing.

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