Mini Italian Meatloaves

Doc says I’m borderline anemic despite all of the prenatal vitamins I’m taking. It makes sense because all I pin on Pinterest these days is meat and it’s a rare moment that you see me without a cup of ice in my hand, crunching away.

I’ve become somewhat of an ice connoisseur. I know which restaurants carry the good stuff. You know it’s serious when I would take a cup of stellar ice over a warm chocolate chip cookie.

And it also explains why I’m posting meatloaves in the middle of a blazing hot summer.

My friend Marty sent me this recipe and it’s super simple  and just what I was craving. We actually didn’t eat meatloaf growing up but I loved these!

Mini Italian Meatloaves

These mini Italian meatloaves are moist and full of flavor. Sorry I hate that word – moist. They bake up nice and neatly in a muffin

If those weren’t mini enough for you, I made an even smaller version in a mini muffin pan. My kids went gaga for these and they were small enough for me to commit to at least four of them. I made the Italian version here but you could definitely make them plain with a dollop of ketchup on top.


Mini Italian Meatloaves
Prep Time
22 hrs 1 min
Cook Time
22 hrs 1 min
Servings: 12 muffin sized meatloaves or 24 mini muffin sized meatloaves
Author: Christy Denney
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pkg. 6 oz. STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix meat, stuffing mix, Worcestershire, Italian seasoning, and water and until well blended. Press into 12 muffin cups (or 24 mini muffin cups) sprayed with cooking spray.
  2. Make an indentation in center of each meatloaf with the back of a spoon; fill evenly with the spaghetti sauce.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes (around 15 minutes if using a mini muffin pan) or until meatloaves are done. Top evenly with the mozzarella cheese. Bake 3-5 more minutes or until cheese is melted. Let meatloaves sit a couple of minutes before removing.
Recipe Notes

If you want a plain version skip the Italian seasonings and spaghetti sauce and just top with a little ketchup after removing from the oven.
Source: Kraft

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  1. Denise Arneson says:

    You have pica which you may already know. You might consider speaking with your doctor, he/she may want to increase your iron. Pica is hard to explain to other people if you have never experienced it. Not only did I constantly chew ice when pregnant I actually salivated from the smell of Comet. Which is totally bizarre , and no I never actually ate the Comet or put it in my mouth. Just one of the weird side effects of being pregnant.

  2. Since our heatwave is officially over here in Ireland and it was raining all day yesterday, I will definitely take meatloaf in the summer! I like the italian seasoning.
    I was anemic before and it’s not nice. Hope you’re feeling okay!

  3. Not a fan of the word moist either! Eeewwww!

    But, these mini meatballs look delish! My boys will love these!

  4. Ohhh love that they’re mini! So cute!

  5. Love these little guys! I’ll be saving this recipe for fall.

  6. Those look so good! I’m not usually a meatloaf fan, but these little ones look great! I especially like the idea of spaghetti or marinara sauce instead of the grossness that is ketchup.

  7. I love mini everything. These looks so easy to put together. It is summer but I will take a quick meal any day.

  8. I hate that word too!!! I found this: to be SO true!!!

  9. Hah! I am not a fan of the word moist either. I dunno it’s just…moist. Gahhh. These though, look great! Way better than ice in my opinion 🙂

  10. When I was pregnant with my youngest I was borderline anemic and chewed on ice constantly. I would go through the drive through and order a cheeseburger and a cup of ice. Now my baby is 18 and I am still chomping ice. It has become an addiction and like you, I know where to go to get the best ice. I’m glad to see I’m not the only ice craver out there! 😉

  11. This looks yummy! I’ll have to make this soon! I’ve been looking for a good meatloaf recipe.

  12. Those look so delicious- and I’m *not* a fan of meatloaf! As for your Anemia- have you tried Green Smoothies? Just grab your blender, throw a cup or two of spinach/kale, apple, blueberries, and ice in (and whatever else sounds good to you), grind until smooth, and enjoy! It cools me off, and helps keep anemia at bay! I’m pregnant with #8, and I try to have one daily. It has helped so much! Plus, it’s a quick and easy way to get in some leafy greens and fruit, when all I’m craving is French fries and ice cream. 🙂

  13. Mmm, well come Fall, I’ll be making these!

  14. No heatwave in Australia as it’s winter down here. We’re ready for summer anytime you wish to return it. 🙂

    These little meatloaves are just what I was looking for – thanks. We’ll be having these at a get-together tomorrow.

  15. Check out this post at kevinandamanda. Maybe you can get an ice machine for your house too!

  16. Check out this post at kevinandamanda. Maybe you can get an ice machine for your house too!

  17. I was searching for a dinner idea for a house full of men and children and stumbled on your site. 🙂 This was a hit all around. I doubled the recipe so I’d be sure to have leftovers for another meal later. But that’s not gonna happen. The guys keep grabbing them cold out of the fridge!

  18. I have one that uses salsa and taco seasoning.

  19. Christy,

    I love this idea, but I’m trying to avoid processed foods. Do you have any ideas about a copycat stovetop stuffing recipe, or could I possibly just substitute seasoned bread crumbs?

    Thanks!! I LOVE your site, and I have NEVER been disappointed by one of your recipes!!

    Angie 🙂