Italian Mini Meatloaves

These little bites of flavor can double as both a snack, or, with a few side dishes, a lightened-up dinner.

Italian Mini Meatloaves

These mini meatloaves are perfect for those who have a tough time with portion control. Serve with a baked sweet potato and green salad for a well-balanced meal.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 257; total fat: 12g; saturated fat: 5g; protein: 23g; carbohydrates: 12g; sugar: 3g; fiber: 2g; cholesterol: 101mg; sodium: 430mg

Recipe and photo by Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D. 


Prep time

15 min.

Cook time

25 min.

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 cup tomato sauce, divided
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 4 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Sauté onion and carrot 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Set aside and allow to cool.

Combine beef, ½ cup tomato sauce, panko, egg, and parmesan in a large bowl, gently mix until combined. Add cooled vegetables and fresh basil, and mix until combined.

Fill 10 muffin cups to the top with meat mixture. Spoon remaining tomato sauce evenly over each muffin.

Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°. Let stand for 5 minutes.