For dinner tonight, I suggested we have chicken parm while my husband felt like having meatloaf. Since marriage is all about compromise, I decided to try making a chicken parm meatloaf. To ensure the kids ate their veggies without a fuss, I also made sure to add some cooked spinach to the party as well. Happy to report that the family decided this was a keeper!
- Favorite tomato sauce or make a quick sauce (see below)
- 1 -5 oz bag of fresh spinach
- 1 lb chicken sausage, casing removed (I used the basil parm chicken sausage from the poultry farm)
- 2 lb ground chicken
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 eggs
- 1 c bread crumbs
- 3/4 c pecorino romano
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 c shredded mozzarella
- Preheat oven to 350F
- If making your own tomato sauce, add spinach to the same pot and cover until it’s cooked (or boil spinach separately)
- In a large bowl, add eggs, garlic, all of the chicken, bread crumbs, pecorino romano, salt, and pepper
- Using a slotted spoon, remove spinach and add to the large bowl (don’t worry about adding some of the tomato sauce
- Form the meat mixture into a loaf and place in a baking dish (I used a deep Le Creuset casserole dish so I did not need to grease the pan)
- If your meat mixture won’t form into a loaf, add additional bread crumbs (1/4 c at a time). If too dry, add a little tomato sauce to the mixture.
- Top loaf with a thin layer of tomato sauce and save the rest for your side dish or another use.
- Bake uncovered for about 55 min or until the internal temperature reaches 165
- Sprinkle mozzarella on the top and place back in the oven for 5-10 min (until the cheese is melted)
- Slice, serve and enjoy!
Quick tomato sauce
- 1T extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 – 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 t dried or a few leaves of fresh basil
- 1 t salt
- .5 t black pepper
- In a small saucepan, saute garlic in extra virgin olive oil
- Add remaining ingredients
- Bring to a boil and stirring occasionally
- Simmer for 15 min
- Optional: Add 1T of pecorino romano to the sauce at the end