Nonna’s stuffed meatloaf

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Nonna’s stuffed meatloaf

Imagine a meatloaf wrapped in crunchy pancetta and when you slice it, it reveals a surprise filling of melted cheese, smoked ham and tender spinach: this is Nonna Bruna's twist on a classic Sunday recipe.
Servings 8 servings
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins


  • cutting board
  • knife
  • mixing bowl
  • rectangular baking pan large
  • parchment paper
  • Rolling Pin


  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 6 slices of smoked ham
  • 4 slices of cheese I used Havarti
  • 16 oz frozen spinach thawed out and squeezed
  • 6 oz pancetta or bacon
  • 2 eggs preferably farm fresh
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp mustard
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp dried marjoran
  • 2 sprigs of fresh sage leaves removed from the stem, for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Gather your ingredients.
    Raw ingredients displayed in different bowls.
  • Preheat the oven at 375 degrees; remove the spinach from the package and squeeze the water out, divide into 2 batches and set aside; peel and chop the garlic.
    16 oz frozen spinach, 4 garlic cloves
    Spinach and chopped garlic on a square bowl.
  • In a large bowl, add all the ingredients: beef, half of the spinach, eggs, breadcrumbs, garlic, herbs, mustard, mayo, sauce, salt and pepper; with clean hands, or gloved hands, start incorporating all the ingredients until well blended.
    2 lb ground beef, 16 oz frozen spinach, 2 eggs, 4 garlic cloves, 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs, 3 tbsp mustard, 3 tbsp mayonnaise, 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 tsp ground coriander, 2 tsp dried marjoran, salt and pepper to taste
    Meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl, ready for mixing.
  • Cut 2 large pieces of parchment paper; place the meat between the 2 sheets of parchment; use the rolling pin to stretch the meat mixture to obtain a rectangle.
    Meatloaf being rolled to form a rectangle.
  • Remove the top piece of parchment and add the filling in this order: ham, cheese, and spinach; sprinkle some salt on the spinach.
    6 slices of smoked ham, 4 slices of cheese, 16 oz frozen spinach
    Filling added to the meatloaf.
  • Recompose the meat mixture and form the loaf, ensuring that the filling stays in the center; season with salt and pepper and wrap the loaf with pancetta or bacon.
    6 oz pancetta, 2 sprigs of fresh sage
    Meatloaf wrapped in pancetta and garnished with sage leaves.
  • Using the bottom sheet of parchment, gently place the loaf into the baking pan and place in the oven; bake the loaf, uncovered for about 60 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees; remove from the oven and rest the loaf for about 10-15 minutes before slicing.
    Meatloaf gently placed into the baking pan


This meatloaf recipe accommodates several people and it’s the perfect meal for any Sunday. It’s very easy to make and can be customized with your favorite ingredients. It’s a creative meat recipe that will surprise everyone at the table.
Thank you Nonna Bruna for your inspiration and creativity!
Calories: 473kcal
Cost: $$
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: beef recipe, ground beef recipe, meatloaf, meatloaf filling, pancetta, stuffed meat, stuffed meatloaf, Sunday dinner


Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 453mg | Potassium: 625mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6731IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 4mg

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