Layered Meat Loaf

layered meat loaf

Layered Meat Loaf

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Servings: 6
Calories: 568


  • 1 oz butter plus extra for greasing
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cored, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1 lb minced ground lean beef
  • 1 oz soft white breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 oz short pasta such as fusilli
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Cheese Sauce (see below)

  • 6 oz streaky bacon rashers rind removed
  • salt and pepper
  • salad leaves to garnish
  • cheese sauce
  • 1 oz butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 8 floz milk
  • 2 tbsp single light cream
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 oz mature sharp Cheddar, grated
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan


  • Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat and fry the onion and pepper for about 3 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Stir in the garlic and cook for a further 1 minute.
  • Put the meat into a large bowl and mash it with a wooden spoon until it becomes a sticky paste. Tip in the fried vegetables and stir in the breadcrumbs, cayenne, lemon juice, lemon rind and parsley. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water to which you have added salt and the olive oil. When it is almost tender, drain in a colander. Stir the pasta into the cheese sauce.
  • Grease a 1 kg (2 lb) loaf tin and arrange the bay leaves in the base. Stretch the bacon rashers with the back of a knife blade and arrange them to line the base and the sides of the tin.
  • Spoon in half the meat mixture, level the surface and cover it with the pasta. Spoon in the remaining meat mixture, level the top and cover the tin with foil.
  • Cook the meat loaf in the preheated oven, 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4, for 1 hour, or until the juices run clear and the loaf has shrunk away from the sides of the tin. Pour off any excess fat from the tin and turn the loaf out on a warmed serving dish. Garnish with the salad leaves and serve hot.

cheese sauce

  • Melt the butter in a pan, stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  • Gradually pour on the milk, stirring all the time. Stir in the cream and season the sauce with nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  • Simmer the sauce for 5 minutes to reduce, then remove it from the heat and stir in the cheeses. Stir until the cheeses have melted and blended into the sauce.
Calories: 568 kcal
Carbohydrates: 21 g
Protein: 23 g
Fat: 43g
Saturated Fat: 18 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 111 mg
Sodium: 411 mg
Potassium: 467 mg
Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 4 g
Vitamin A: 1251 IU
Vitamin C: 31 mg
Calcium: 145 mg
Iron: 2 mg
Cuisine Italian
Ingredients Beef
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