My mom always made amazing dishes for us when I was growing up. She really inherited my Nana Jeanie’s magic in the kitchen and we were very lucky. When the weather got colder, one of her staples was the most incredible meatloaf. It was absolute pure, yummy comfort. So I decided to take her recipe and put a big Italian spin on it this week. This prosciutto wrapped Italian meatloaf was simple to make and so darn delicious!
Oh my goodness, when I took my first bite I was in heaven! There was so much texture and flavor happening from the crispy prosciutto and tender meatloaf. I loved how the pesto sauce absorbed into the beef to really flavor it. Hubby went absolutely nuts for it. It also was so yummy the next day in a sandwich. Hope you all enjoy this Italian take on one of my favorite dishes growing up! xoxo
This prosciutto wrapped Italian meatloaf is simple to make and so loaded with flavor! The sun-dried tomato pesto sauce really sends it over the top.
- 1 jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, 8.5 ounce size
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried onion
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper
- 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1 whole egg
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/4 pound thinly sliced prosciutto
- First, make the pesto sauce. Set up a food processor and combine the sun-dried tomatoes with the oil they were packed in, pine nuts, parmesan and garlic in its bowl. Puree the mixture until it is a thick paste. Set it aside. Then make the meatloaf. Combine the garlic, rosemary, basil, salt, dried onion, crushed red pepper, parmesan and egg in a large bowl. Stir it all together to mix it. Then add in the beef and mush it all together with clean hands. Set the mixture aside.
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 and get out a sheet tray. Line the sheet tray with a silicone mat or aluminum foil. Lay out the prosciutto in a single layer on the pan with the long edges hanging over the width of the pan. Spread half of the sun-dried tomato pesto on the prosciutto, then form the meat mixture into a loaf down the length of the prosciutto bed. Spread the remaining pesto sauce on top of the meatloaf, then gently roll up the loaf in the prosciutto so that it is wrapped in it. Bake the meatloaf for 40-50 minutes.
- The prosciutto will get wonderfully crispy and the meat will absorb the flavors of the pesto sauce. When it is done, let the meatloaf rest for 5-10 minutes. Then slice and serve it immediately with your favorite sides! It also makes an amazing sandwich the next day.