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Italian Style Turkey Meat Loaf Recipe

Italian Style Turkey Meat Loaf Recipe

Made with ground turkey, this meat loaf is lighter and more moist than traditional beef and pork varieties, yet every bit as flavorful. Serve it with mashed potatoes and your family's favorite vegetable to complete the meal.


  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup fine Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups pasta sauce


  1. Heat the oven to 350 F. Oil a large jelly roll pan or a roasting pan and set it aside.
  2. Combine all the ingredients except the pasta sauce in a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, toss the ingredients lightly to evenly distribute them, then knead the mixture well.
  3. Transfer the mixture to your baking pan, shaping it into a loaf about 12 inches long and 5 inches wide. Bake it for 40 minutes, then remove it from the oven and spread a cup of pasta sauce over the top. Keep baking the meat loaf until it is cooked through, about 35 minutes more. Allow the loaf to sit in the pan for 15 minutes before slicing it. Serve it with more pasta sauce, if desired. Makes 8 or more servings.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving (about 1 cup):

Calories 338

Carbohydrates 21.5g (7% DV)

Total Fat 15.2g (23% DV)

Saturated Fat 4.9g (25% DV)

Cholesterol 150mg (50% DV)

Sodium 1079mg (45% DV)

Calcium (17% DV)

Iron (16% DV)

Percent daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.