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Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatloaf Recipe

You will never have meatloaf the same way again. This mozzarella stuffed Italian meatloaf recipe in a slow cooker will revolutionize the way you look at meatloaf forever.

Course Slow Cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Amy Greene

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground meat I use 1 lb ground and 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 medium size onion chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce + more for the top
  • 8 oz mozzarella

Instructions

  1. This recipe is so easy to prepare. Simply measure all the ingredients, except mozzarella cheese, and dump them into a large mixing bowl. That should get you started.
  2. Money Saving Tip: When you are finished with a loaf of bread, take the ends and toast them. Then using a food processor make bread crumbs. Store in the freezer to keep them fresh.
  3. Next, There is just no way around it, you must get your hands dirty. Put your hands right in there and start kneading and squishing. Keep kneading all the ingredients together until they are combined well. I like to let little ones help in the process, since they love to get dirty. Just make sure they don't try to eat it. Use your best judgement.
  4. Once all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, remove half the mixture out onto a clean surface and form into a loaf. In the middle of the loaf, create a small well to place the cheese. I use an eight oz mozzarella ball cut in half. Then I slowly roll it to stretch it out to fit the well.
  5. After the cheese is inside the well, cover the top with the remainder of the meat.
  6. When you are done making a loaf, gently lift the meatloaf into the slow cooker. I used a long spatula to help me get it all in there. Once in the slow cooker, cover the top with more Ragu Homestyle Sauce.
  7. Then cook the meatloaf on on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 in a covered slow cooker.
  8. After it is cooked, slice the remainder of the mozzarella and place on top for about five minutes before serving. Feel free to add more sauce if you like.