The Ranting Wife

My wife works for a local college and has a number of staff members who are students. Several times a year, they meet socially as a group for dinner or to go out for frozen yogurt. As many of the students don’t bother to cook (I think they can take a lesson from LetsGetBasted), they often miss the home cooked meal the most. At least once a year, my wife has her workers over for dinner and the last time, she made this recipe, Pizza Topped Meatloaf. The students loved it.

Shortly after the dinner, one of the student workers was sent to pick up items at a store off campus. Due to a transposition error in the address, he went on a wild goose chase. To make it up to him and as he loved the meatloaf, my wife promised to make it for him before the year was over. The other night, as the school year was coming to a close, she decided to make it for him. While she was at it, she made one for me too. 🙂

Fresh Roma tomatoes and melted mozzarella….yum!

This meatloaf uses both hamburger and hot Italian sausage.

Throw it in a bowl.

Mix it up.

Take a pie plate and line it with plastic wrap. Form the meatloaf to the shape of the plate.

Then invert it on a broiler pan and remove the plate.

Bake it up.

Cover it with tomatoes.

And, of course, cheese!

Let it melt.

Pizza-Topped Meat Loaf

Prep Time: 20 minutes |  Cook Time: 30 mins  | Servings: 6 | Difficulty: medium


  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley or parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces lean ground beef
  • 8 ounces bulk hot Italian sausage
  • 2 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian blend cheese or shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons basil chiffonade*


1. In a large bowl combine egg, bread crumbs, milk, Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, and garlic. Add ground beef and Italian sausage; mix lightly. Shape meat mixture into a round loaf, 9 inches in diameter. Transfer loaf to the unheated rack of a broiler pan or roasting pan with rack.

2. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the middle of the loaf registers 160 degree F and juices run clear. Remove from oven. Top with sliced tomatoes; sprinkle with cheese. Bake about 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Transfer to a serving platter; sprinkle with basil chiffonade. Cut into wedges to serve. Makes 6 servings.

*Note: To make basil chiffonade, stack fresh basil leaves. Starting at a long edge, roll the leaves up. With a sharp knife, slice the roll into thin strips.


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Categories: Beef, Cheese, Chicken, Eggs, Italian, Low Carb, Main Dish, Pork, Recipes, Vegetable

Author:The Ranting Chef

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32 Comments on “The Ranting Wife”

  1. May 5, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    That looks very good. By the way, how do you get away with that title? LOL


  2. May 5, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Many of my friends are like the college students. They don’t cook either and enjoy home cooked meals when they are invited here!


  3. May 5, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    I can see why that student wanted it again!!


  4. May 5, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Looks so good!


  5. whatcatchesmyeyes
    May 5, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    This looks do good! It’s short after midnight here right now , but I could eat a whole of these meat loaf pizzas. I’m sure of that!

    Really want Torrey this recipe sometime soon
    Before its getting too hot here.


  6. May 5, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    NOM! Saturdays are designated Pizza nights at our place. As the kids have grown, I went from making one to four (gulp!). Anything pizza flavored is a huge hit around here.
    What a great recipe, thanks!


  7. May 5, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    I’ve had a number of different meatloafs. I ten to combine beef and pork of some sort in most but one of the best I had was made with ground turkey and peppers!

    But it’s no surprise that these kids can’t cook. They never learned how to do it. The vast majority of them grew up on fast food.

    Luckily both my parents cooked, so too my grandparents. So I picked a lot of it up by osmosis. Learned how to do soups, baking, roasting, etc. And I’ve learned more during my close to a half century so I’ve got a bunch of go-to recipes in my head that would put restaurants to shame.

    It is to the point now that I turn my nose up at restaurant food.


  8. May 5, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    what a great idea for meatloaf!


  9. May 5, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    That is the greatest thing I have ever seen. Will absolutely have to try making this.


  10. Tammy
    May 5, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    that looks amazing!


  11. Shutterbug Sage
    May 5, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Wow! That looks amazing! I just planted my Roma tomatoes this AM and am going to make this with them when they are ready!


  12. May 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Looks way too good


  13. May 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    Wow! I make a mean meatloaf, but that looks amazing!


  14. May 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Pure genius!


  15. May 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Very nice – I love all the cheese


  16. May 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    I am pretty sure that my sister and boyfriend (especially) will both love this one!


  17. May 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    My hubby is going to FLIP OUT over this one! I am definitely planning on surprising him with it one night. I’ll get major brownie points so thank you for the recipe!!


  18. Well, now I know what kind of meatloaf I will be cooking for my bride, who has been craving it for a month.

    Nicely done, Ranting Wife! The photos look totally edible!


  19. Being Cheap Comes Easy
    May 6, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    Wow, can’t wait to try it!


  20. May 6, 2012 at 2:05 am #

    Looks great… two cooks in one house!


  21. May 6, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    That is brilliant – and very popular with kids of all ages! Thanks for the great idea 🙂


  22. May 6, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Looks delish! Am wondering about the pan the meatloaf was cooked in – did fat not splatter everywhere? I am in a huff with mince – havent used it for about 3 months now – when I used to use it weekly. LONG story! lol


  23. May 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Excellent idea! I will give it a try. Thanks.


  24. May 7, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    My 7 year old son would LOVE this! It combines his two food loves: meatloaf and pizza!


  25. May 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    That was meatloaf? It looks amazing! It even makes the tomatoes look good and I hate tomatoes. I think I’m going to have to try it after payday.


  26. May 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    I know this probably sounds silly..but I didn’t realise meatloaf was *meatloaf*!
    Told u it sounded silly!


  27. May 8, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Mmmm, we’re going to try this one! Thanks 😉


  28. May 12, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Wow, that looks really tasty! I’m going to have to try this one.


  29. May 25, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Made it last night with a few adjustments — will make again!


  30. June 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Hey, thanks for “liking” my post!

    This looks fantastic…. YUM!



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