Easy Italian Meatloaf

Steph Wagner

July 28, 2022

Easy Italian Meatloaf

Meatloaf, an awesome Low Carb Weight Loss Surgery Recipe with so many flavor options


easy Italian meatloaf bariatric food coach recipe

I am a meatloaf fan.

I just plain adore meatloaf. This Easy Italian Meatloaf is both easy and full of Italian seasonings. Amazing.

Over a decade ago I started working in bariatric surgery and the dietitian who was training me mentioned swapping grated Parmesan cheese for breadcrumbs. Not only is it delicious, makes a great texture but is an easy swap to limit carbohydrates in this main protein source entree!

Serve it with a non-starchy vegetable (green beans, steamed carrots or salad are my go to) and you’ll get carbohydrates in a more fiber based veggie!

Easy to make and you can change your approach every time!

Tex Mex Meatloaf

Barbecue Meatloaf

Classic Meatloaf

and….. Italian Meatloaf. 

Yumz!!! This is one of my favorite varieties of meatloaf, and once again you can create it around your taste preferences using your favorite marinara and Italian seasonings.

easy Italian meatloaf bariatric food coach recipe

Easy Italian Meatloaf - Low Carb WLS Recipe

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian, Oven Baked
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 257kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup shredded 2% mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix meat, 1/4 cup of the spaghetti sauce, grated parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup of the shredded cheese, onion, egg and seasoning.
  • Shape into loaf in 12x8-inch baking dish. Top with remaining 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce and remaining cheese.
  • Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until cooked through (160°F). *Tip: speed up cooking time by 10-15 minutes by making two smaller loaves


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 326mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 234IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Facts
Easy Italian Meatloaf - Low Carb WLS Recipe
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 326mg14%
Potassium 368mg11%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 234IU5%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 147mg15%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

8 thoughts on “Easy Italian Meatloaf”

  1. Just a question in your directions it says 1/4 c of spaghetti sauce, grated parmesan cheese, 1/4 of the shredded cheese but you do not have shredded cheese listed in your ingredients. Are you using cheddar or did you just mean the grated parmesan?

  2. Ooops! Definitely an oversight :) I updated the recipe ingredients to include shredded mozzarella. Still good without it…but super good with it!

  3. Another great meal. My family loved. My 2 year old granddaughter ate every bite and wanted more. Definitely family friendly.

  4. I wondered about cooking this in my air fryer – any idea how to adjust the cooking time..?

  5. @lesley that is a great thought but I admit I don’t know the answer! I recommend looking up recipes for air fryer meatloaf and see what similar recipes recommend. Let me know if you try it!

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