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Italian Stuffed Meatloaf

Italian Stuffed Meatloaf

About 8 years ago, Craig’s parents gave us the BEST Christmas present! It was a 1/2 grass-fed cow from a farmer! Grass-fed beef is probably the best gift they could have gotten us! I suggest a box of quality beef from Butcherbox as a gift to your family or friend! Each month they will remember you and enjoy healthy meals!

We love using Butcherbox ground beef for lots of recipes including this Ranch Meatloaf. Check out this video with Micah as my assistant on what you get in a box each month! You can customize your box too! We now are getting ribs and ground beef which we eat all the time!

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Instead of using breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs, I use an egg for the binder along with finely chopped mushrooms (don’t worry you don’t even taste them, but it makes it very moist) and grated Parmesan cheese. Mushrooms and aged cheeses have something called “UMAMI.” Umami is a pleasant savory taste produced by glutamate and ribonucleotides, chemicals that occur naturally in many foods. Umami is subtle and not generally identified by people when they encounter it, but blends well with other tastes to intensify and enhance flavors; it plays an important role in making food taste delicious.


1 1/2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
1/2 pound Italian sausage
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup finely chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup no sugar marinara

2 teaspoons Redmond Real salt
1 tsp Italian-style seasoning
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 clove crushed garlic
1 1/2 cups shredded fontina or mozzarella cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, Italian sausage, eggs, mushrooms, Parmesan and marinara. Season with Italian-style seasoning, oregano, basil, garlic, and cheese. Press into a 9×5 inch loaf pan, and cover loosely with foil. Bake in the preheated oven approximately 1 hour, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Serve with Pesto Rolls made out of my Cinnamon Roll recipe. Makes 6 servings.

Traditional Meatloaf = 535 calories, 33g fat, 29g protein, 16.2g carbs, 1.4g fiber, (14.8g effective carbs)
“Healthified” Meatloaf = 475 calories, 31.6g fat, 43.3g protein, 2.3g carbs, 0.5g fiber, (1.8g effective carbs)

I served my “Healthified” Sub Bread (made into Pesto Rolls) and Bacon Wrapped Green Beans with our meatloaf.

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Leftover Meatloaf Sandwich on Protein Bread

Testimony of the Day

“I started yo-yo dieting and exercising when I was 8 years old even though I was a slim child with no genetic tendency towards being even slightly overweight!

I had started baby ballet a few months prior and was so gifted a dancer that in just a month I was moved to the advanced ballet class with the older girls and was (apparently) even better than all of them.

My ballet teacher who was once a prima ballerina was so impressed by my ability that she pulled my mom aside and I had the ill-luck to have overheard this conversation. She told my mom that if I continued to dance that I would someday be a prima ballerina assoluta. (I had to look up this definition when I got much older  but at 8 years old I had no idea what kind of compliment I was being given). But THIS I remember…she said that for me to be a ballerina I would have to go on a strict diet because I was not a ‘skinny’ girl. That actually my (slim) frame was not ideal for ballerinas and it would hold me back. The ballet world would think I was too ‘fat’ and my body was not ideal.

There. My life was changed at that moment. I started a lifelong struggle with body image at that moment that I heard I was too fat. And even though I stopped dancing only 2 years later, the dieting and exercise continued. I would do 45 minutes of aerobics and toning in my room with my door closed and I was only 8 years old.

I never had an eating disorder but I was definitely obsessed with my weight. My eating was either feast or famine because I could never stick to a real diet. I had no concept for what was healthy and what was right. I went about ‘dieting very blindly. And because I could never stick to an actual ‘diet’ i actually started gaining weight. All the feasting was catching up to me which made me try more starvation diets only to feast later on. Because I never lost weight and I would hide my binge eating, my mom never knew how obsessed I was with my weight and my body. No one knew. It was my own secret.

To make a long story short, everyone in my family was thin except for me…which made me even more obsessed.

I have been on every diet I can think of and have been to countless nutritionists with little success. I was really at the end of the line and I always felt trapped in my body. I’m an emotional eater and have a major sweet tooth. Once I start I can’t stop. I once went on a sugar binge that lasted almost a year. I felt like crap every single day!

Then one day, I had the good fortune to meet Maria who really understood me and my background! She showed me a lot of compassion and I knew she really cared about helping me.

She mapped out a great eating plan, but more importantly recommended supplements to curb my moods and emotions–which was at the crux of my emotional eating.

Since then, I have bought every one of her cookbooks. I feel very educated about health and eating and can consciously make the right choices.

By the way, I have made almost every one of her desserts and ate it guilt-free!! But I slowly stopped craving sweets altogether. When you don’t deprive your body of something, it stops craving it.

Now, I am healthy at 5’6″ and 117lbs and am no longer dieting or going crazy about my weight and body which had consumed the better part of my life. I can live and enjoy life the way I was meant to…something I haven’t felt since baby ballet.

Thank you, Maria. You are a superstar and life changer….and forever my go-to gal. I love you!!!!” Romy J.

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Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Anonymous says:

    In the instructions you state to season with diced tomatoes but that isn’t on the ingredient list. I assume it should be a fresh tomatoe diced?

  • Oops! All fixed!

    Thanks for your help!

  • Jenni says:

    Hi Maria, looks great! I have a question unrelated to meatloaf… Have you ever used or tried grapeseed flour? What is your opinion on this? I found it in the Health Food store, and am wondering what your take on it is? I like experimenting with new ingredients 😛

  • Thanks Jenni!

    I haven’t used grapeseed flour…I will have to look into it!


  • Laith Salma says:

    Wow what a nice post.I like it too much.Many ideas i have for this post.Can you more share with me.I will come back as soon.

    Thanks for more sharing………

    Laith Salma

  • April says:

    Hi Maria,

    Do you know if there are any negative side effects if you do decide to take CLA Supplements? Thanks!

  • Amanda says:

    Hi Maria,
    Is there a particular time of day to take CLA? I work out 4 days a week and still have some small problem areas and thinking CLA could help.

    • I have a whole chapter on supplements on when and how much to take in my book: secrets to a healthy metabolism.

      500mg at breakfast and lunch

      • Melinda says:

        In your article above on CLA you said that we should have 3-4 grams per day for it to have a noticeable effect in our bodies. Should I take this 3-4 grams at breakfast and lunch, or spread it out more during the day since its more than the amount you are suggesting to Amanda here? And this meatloaf is a favorite for my 4 man meat loving family! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

        • cemmerich says:

          Thanks! You can do either but I would stick to 3-4 grams total per day. 🙂

  • Amanda says:

    Ohh ok let me go back and reread that part haha. I just finished that book a week ago! I forget so quickly

  • Anonymous says:

    I use ground chia as a binder in my meatballs…

  • Teach says:

    That’s a great product..

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for the recipe! My husband told me it was probably the best meatloaf I’ve ever made 😀 the only thing I changed was I subbed in some Swiss for the mozz. Delicious!

  • Kapu says:

    this was A-MA-ZING! we fried it up the next day in coconut oil. Yum!!!!!!

  • Kaye says:

    Wow Maria!! I have to admit, I just started eating meat again after 5 years of Vegan. This was a tough decision but necessary. I was drawn to your sight as it’s nutrition based/whole foods/no chemicals/Sugar-free and obviously, meat! So anyway, made your Italian Healthified Meatloaf and it was beyond words WONDERFUL and soooo satisfying!! Can’t wait to make again and again. Thanks for all you do!!

  • Megan Napier says:

    Another delish recipe!! I made this last night and it was a big hit. The meatloaf was so moist and loaded with flavor. I am going to eat it leftover tonight on your protein bread.

  • Frank says:


    What kind of sausage do you use in the meatloaf? Dr. Davis has sausage (cured) listed as a “Never” item in his Quick and Dirty List. Also, are those meatballs the same recipe shaped into meatballs, or a different recipe? Both look really good.

  • Liz says:

    I’ve never been a mushroom eater before (they’ve always scared me, but I’m not sure why). I want to make this, but I’m not sure what kind of mushrooms to get – does it matter, and if so, what kind should I get?

  • Ruth says:

    Seriously – So freaking good! I didn’t have all of the ingredients on hand, so I used 1lb grass fed beef and 1lb ground turkey, 1 T of ground chia seed soaked in about 1/8 c whole milk instead of the mushrooms, and tomato paste instead of the marinara. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to make a meatloaf without using bread crumbs, and the texture was just never right. Edible, but no cigar. This meatloaf was sooooo moist and better than any meatloaf I’ve had with bread in it. My husband is not even a big fan of meatloaf (I know, ridiculous and un-American right?) but he described this version as a “perfect piece of meat.” From a man who himself is an excellent cook and die-hard carnivore, this is high praise indeed! I love you for this, Maria!

  • lori says:

    This meatloaf is soooo good! I like it better than our traditional carb loaded meatloaf. Thanks for the terrific recipe! I haven’t found a recipe of yours I didn’t like. You make low carb dieting and cooking a joy!

  • Kim says:

    If we omit the cheese and mushrooms on day 2 do we need to use anything to replace with? Thx!

  • HeatherB says:

    This was really good and right up my alley. I had to pry my husband’s mitts off the left-overs…MINE!

  • Christie says:

    Just made this and it’s beyond fantastic. I just started the Keto for weight loss and my husband has been very supportive in trying my meals. I made this with venison and I found his new favorite. Wonderful! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Robin Shannon says:

    I am Dairy free so how do I substitute the cheese?

    • cemmerich says:

      Well, you could just omit it. Otherwise I have a dairy free mozzarella recipe coming soon. 🙂

  • Michelle says:

    Just got your 1 week keto adapted program and am prepping food today. I made 2 batches of this recipie…1 for meatloaf and 1 for meatballs. Very different recipie than what I’m used to. Looking forward to trying them both. Thanks.

  • Kristin says:

    Maria, have you released your dairy free mozzarella recipe yet?

  • Gretchen says:

    I am having a “dork” moment 🙂 Italian sausage – is this something I ask the butcher for or do I buy the links and remove casing and cut up? Ground pork breakfast sausage makes sense for meatloaf, but that’s not the ingredient. I’m sure I’m overthinking it. Just saw Italian sausage links at Trader joes. I’m obviously not a cook, but I’m trying. 🙂

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Most grocery stores will have it. It is basically sold like hamburger but is ground pork with Italian spices. 🙂

  • Gina says:

    Isn’t CLA from trans-fats such as safflower oil? How safe is it?
    Thanks for your info 🙂

  • Nanabella says:

    I have re-read this recipe 3 times… Where do you put in the 1.5 cups of mozzerella? In with everything else, or on top?
    Thank you! 😳😜😘😃❤️

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