Kid-Friendly Italian Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

"This is a delicious alternative to traditional meatloaf that tastes like meatballs and is very kid-friendly! Serve with pasta or mashed potatoes. You can also serve extra marinara on the side."


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  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 28 ounces 93% lean ground turkey
  • 20 ounces sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated Italian cheese blend
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
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    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 to 2 minutes more, being careful to avoid burning. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
    3. Whisk basil, eggs, and parsley together in a bowl. Add salt and pepper.
    4. Combine ground turkey, Italian sausage, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian cheese blend, 2 tablespoons oil, balsamic vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce in a large bowl. Add cooked onion mixture and egg mixture and mix using your hands until completely mixed together.
    5. Shape meat mixture into a large loaf in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Pour marinara sauce on top.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C), about 1 hour.

    Nutrition Facts

    Per Serving: 493 calories;28.5 g fat;22.5 g carbohydrates;36.7 g protein;155 mg cholesterol;1304 mg sodium.Full nutrition
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