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Italian Meatloaf

Here's a delicious recipe I made recently that my family loved so much, they request it often!

2.5 pounds ground beef
1 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 tablespoon minced dried onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried basil
8 oz. fresh mozzarella, cubed
24 oz. favorite marinara sauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a glass baking pan (9x13) with a nonstick cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, ricotta cheese, milk, Parmesan, eggs, minced onion, salt, pepper, parsley and basil. Using hands, mix in cubed mozzarella and form into a large oval loaf. Place in the middle of the baking pan. Bake, covered with foil for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 45-50 minutes until done. Heat marinara sauce and serve with the meatloaf. Serves 6-8.