The Love Chef



            12 oz lean ground beef
            12 oz lean ground pork
            ¾ cup bread crumbs
            2 large eggs or 4 large egg whites, beaten
            ¼ cup grated Caciocavallo or Romano cheese
            ½ teaspoon dried ground thyme
            1 small onion, minced
            ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
            1 cup marinara sauce
            Freshly ground black pepper to taste
            Salt to taste (optional)
            2 cups ricotta cheese
            1 slice prosciutto, diced
            6 plum tomatoes, chopped
            1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley

Serves 4 to 6

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Mix the meat with the bread crumbs, eggs, cheese, thyme, onion, nutmeg, tomato sauce, pepper, and salt.

Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the ricotta cheese with the prosciutto and set aside.

After 1 hour 20 minutes, remove the meatloaf from the oven and place the ricotta cheese mixture on the top with the chopped tomatoes. Sprinkle with parsley and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until meat is thoroughly cooked. Serve.

“The Love Chef” (Francis Anthony) is the author of several cookbooks and appears on local and national TV. You can find his cookbooks at and/or visit his website “Cooking With Love” and “The Love Chef” are registered trademarks.


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