Italian Meatloaf & Parmesan Noodles With Sauce March 23, 2014

Italian Meatloaf-Parmesan Noodles & Sauce

Italian Meatloaf & Parmesan Noodles With Sauce

2 lbs lean ground beef
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp basil
2 tsp fennel seed
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp crushed red chilis
2 eggs
1 cup bread crumbs (oatmeal works too!)

Before you start mixing up your meatloaf, get your noodles cooked.  You'll need a 16 oz box of your favorite shaped noodle (I used Rotini).  Cook as directed.  Strain, and put back in the pot.  Put in 1/2 stick of melted butter, and 1/2 cup of Parmesan.  Mix well.  Set aside, and continue with your meatloaf. 

Toss all the ingredients for your meatloaf in a large bowl.  With clean hands, get right in there and mix all the spices well by kneading the meat like you would bread dough.  Shape into meatloaf, and put in a large glass baking pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Scoot it to the side so you have room for your parmesan noodles.

Pour the noodles into the pan, and then pour 1 can (I used a 26.5oz can of Hunts Spaghetti Sauce) or bottle of your favorite spaghetti sauce over the top of it all.  Sprinkle the top with about 1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese, cover with foil, and back for about an hour & a half.  Beef should be about 175 degrees in the thickest part of your meatloaf, so check your meatloaf before serving.  Another great comfort food for your family!  Enjoy!