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The Best Italian Meatloaf

Italian sausage and ground beef are combined with Italian herbs, parmesan & ricotta cheese  in the best Italian meatloaf ever! This recipe is made in under an hour for an easy meal!

Italian meatloaf sitting on top of a bowl of spaghetti noodles, topped with fresh chopped parsley

I used to think that meatloaf was boring, that is until I started putting my own spins on the classic dish! I mean, who can deny a Buffalo Cheesy Meatloaf? It’s meat, cheese and buffalo sauce, and it’s so delicious!

And there’s 100% chance you’ll fall in love with the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf. It’s meat wrapped in meat, what’s not to love?

With so many delicious meatloaf recipes to choose from, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Though this Italian Meatloaf definitely ranks up at the top!

Since originally making this recipe 6 years ago, I’ve tweaked it and updated it to create THE BEST Italian Meatloaf ever. Seriously, ask my friends! I make this all the time when I want to impress my guests. As described by one friend, “It’s like the most giant, delicious meatball ever!”

The key to any great recipe for meatloaf or meatballs is a combination of meats. In this recipe I used Italian pork sausage and ground beef. The Italian sausage can be mild or spicy, your choice!

I then add ricotta cheese to the meatloaf to give it an extra creamy texture. I guarantee, this will be the best meatloaf you ever eat and you’ll want to make it again and again!

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Stacked Beet Salad

This stacked beet salad is simple but elegant, a delicious gluten free and vegetarian appetizer or side dish for any meal.

Stacked Ricotta Beet Salad Recipe

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of trying one of San Diego’s newest restaurants, Stella Public House (updated 2019: Stella has since closed).

From the food and drinks, to the hospitality and decor, I immediately fell in love with this place!

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Loaded Calzone

This loaded calzone recipe combines two delicious meats with three Italian cheeses and fresh herbs for a scrumptious, filling Italian meal!

Loaded Meat and Cheese Calzone

By now, most of you know about my deep, passionate love affair with… Italian food!

I’ve never made a calzone but since I’m on a kick of making my own bread, breadsticks, pizza crusts, etc. I decided that it was time to make my own calzone!

Loaded Calzone Recipe

I simply took my pizza dough recipe, altered it a little and made a calzone dough, then filled it with all of my favorite things!

That’s the great thing about pizza and calzones, you can “load” them with whatever you like!

Loaded Calzone Ingredients

Ingredients – Dough

  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • .25 oz active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • olive oil cooking spray

Ingredients – Filling

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian pork sausage
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup homemade tomato basil marinara (for dipping)

Combine the flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Add the warm water and olive oil. Mix until a solid dough forms.

Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-10 minutes. Form into a ball and place in a large bowl coated in cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and place somewhere warm to rise for an hour.

Calzone Dough Recipe

While the dough is rising, prepare the filling ingredients.

Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, onion and garlic. Sauté for 5-7 minutes.

Sauteed Bell Pepper and Onions

Add the ground beef and sausage. Cook until no longer pink.

Drain the grease, then add 1 tbsp fresh basil, 1 tsp dried parsley and 1 tsp dried oregano.

Italian Calzone Meat Filling Recipe

Turn heat to low and allow the herbs to cook into the meat for 5-10 minutes.

In a small bowl combine the ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.  Add the additional basil, oregano and parsley.

Italian Herb Ricotta Cheese

Place in the refrigerator until ready to prepare the calzone.

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Once the dough has doubled in size, roll into a thin, oval shape.

Calzone Dough Recipe

Spread the cheese mixture on the dough.

Three Cheese Calzone Recipe

Top with the meat mixture.

Italian Meat and Cheese Calzone Recipe

Carefully fold the calzone in half.

Crimp the edges to form a tight seal around the calzone.

Loaded Calzone Recipe

Brush the top with the additional tablespoon of olive oil to give it a nice brown crust.

Place in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.

Loaded Calzone

By this picture you get an idea of just how GIANT this calzone is!

You can easily half the recipe to make a smaller version or divide the dough in half to make two calzones with different fillings for friends or family members with differing tastes!

Three Cheese Italian Meat Calzone

Serve with a warm side of scrumptious, homemade marinara sauce for dipping!

Italian Sausage and Three Cheese Calzone

Loaded Calzone Recipe
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Loaded Calzone

This loaded calzone recipe combines two delicious meats with three Italian cheeses and fresh herbs for a scrumptious, filling Italian meal!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 948 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

Dough

  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 oz active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • olive oil cooking spray

Filling

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 cup marinara sauce for dipping

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, yeast and salt.

  2. Add the warm water and olive oil.
  3. Mix until a solid dough forms.
  4. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Form into a ball and place in a large bowl coated in cooking spray.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and place somewhere warm to rise for an hour.
  7. While the dough is rising prepare the filling ingredients.
  8. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  9. Add the bell pepper, onion and garlic.
  10. Sauté for 5-7 minutes.
  11. Add the ground beef and sausage.
  12. Cook until no longer pink.
  13. Drain the grease, then add 1 tbsp fresh basil, 1 tsp dried parsley and 1 tsp dried oregano.
  14. Turn heat to low and allow the herbs to cook into the meat for 5-10 minutes.
  15. In a small bowl combine the ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
  16. Add the additional basil, oregano and parsley.
  17. Place in the refrigerator until ready to prepare the calzone.
  18. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  19. Once the dough has doubled in size, roll into a thin, oval shape.
  20. Spread the cheese mixture on the dough.
  21. Top with the meat mixture.
  22. Carefully fold the calzone in half.
  23. Crimp the edges to form a tight seal around the calzone.
  24. Brush the top with the additional tablespoon of olive oil.
  25. Place in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
  26. Slice and serve with marinara for dipping.