Italian Cheese-Stuffed Meat Loaf

Italian Cheese-Stuffed Meat Loaf
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Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1 1/2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  3. 2 cups soft French bread crumbs
  4. 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
  5. 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  8. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  9. 1 can (8 oz) pizza sauce
  10. 1 1/2 cups shredded provolone cheese (6 oz)
  11. 1 jar (7.25 oz) roasted red bell peppers, drained, chopped
  12. 1/4 cup chopped ripe olives
Instructions
  1. Steps
  2. 1
  3. Heat oven to 375°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil; spray foil with cooking spray. In large bowl, beat eggs. Stir in ground beef, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, basil, salt, pepper, garlic and 1/2 cup of the pizza sauce until well combined.
  4. 2
  5. On large sheet of foil, shape beef mixture into 12x10-inch rectangle. Top evenly with provolone cheese, roasted peppers and olives to within 1/2 inch of edges. Starting with one 10-inch side, roll up; press seam to seal. Place seam side down in pan.
  6. 3
  7. Bake 40 minutes. Remove from oven; spoon remaining pizza sauce over loaf. Insert meat thermometer so bulb reaches center of loaf.
  8. 4
  9. Return to oven; bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until loaf is thoroughly cooked in center and thermometer reads 160°F. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
  10. Shape beef mixture on foil and top with cheese, roasted peppers and olives. Use foil to roll up meat loaf.
  11. Place seam side down in foil-lined pan.
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