Nonna's Meatloaf Recipe: Don't Lose Grandma's Treasured Meatloaf Recipe by Ann Marie Patitucci

Beef Dinner
4 months ago
Nonna's Meatloaf Recipe: Don't Lose Grandma's Treasured Meatloaf Recipe

My mom, who the grandkids affectionately call Mimi, is, in many ways, the stereotypical Italian mom/grandmother. You will often find her in the kitchen, happily cooking or baking everyone’s favorite comfort food, and she’s the first to make a meal for someone if they’re celebrating, grieving, under the weather or just because. 

This is my mom's meatloaf recipe. So easy and delicious. Grandma recipes are simply the best, aren't they? Full of old-fashioned goodness! We hope you enjoy it for dinner as much as we do. 

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 3 to 4


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 - 1 whole green pepper (I use half but Mimi uses a whole), diced or cut in long strips (I dice and Mimi cuts in strips)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • vegetable oil, for the loaf pan

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Rub the bottom of glass loaf pan with oil.
  2. Put all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well.
  3. Shape ingredients into a long roll and place in the pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 90 minutes. (If you like your meatloaf more well done, check it at 90 minutes. You may opt to cook it longer.)

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Donna John
Sounds delicious! My MIL puts corn in her meatloaf. It's so funny how every recipe is a little different. Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
OMGoodness, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead , this recipe sounds amazing! #yum
I am such a meatloaf lover...

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