Cheesy Bacon Meatloaf

Meatloaf 1

I wasn’t always a fan of meatloaf growing up if you ever had my mom’s meatloaf you would understand why. Don’t worry, I’m not saying this to be mean, it’s just the truth. If you ask her about her meatloaf she just laughs and says  “well, it’s usually hit or miss”. And if she says it’s a miss, then dominos is on the menu.  It has become the family joke- make whatever for supper mom just not a meatloaf! I do have to say that meatloaf is about the ONLY thing that woman can’t cook.. well.. and turkey, but that’s a whole different story. ha.

Enough about my mom’s meatloaf let’s talk about mine. This flavorful Meatloaf is loaded with chunks of bacon and globs of cheese. The meat is moist and the ends are crispy. Baked to perfection in the oven, this meatloaf is sure to be a family favorite.  Definitely not my Mamma’s meatloaf. 😉



2.25 pounds ground beef

1/2 pound of bacon (fried and crumbled.. you could do this the night before)

8 oz of shredded melting cheese ( I use Velveeta)

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. minced garlic ( you could always use garlic powder if you don’t have minced garlic)

1 tsp. Worcestershire

2 tsp. mustard

1/2 C. Ketchup

2 C. breadcrumbs ( I used seasoned)

3 eggs


1 C. ketchup

1 tsp. Worcestershire

1 tsp. mustard

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

Add all ingredients for the meatloaf to a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to fold the ingredients into the ground beef ( this is going to get messy so you may want to take off your rings). Once all the ingredients are mixed into the meatloaf, place it into a greased 7 X 11 cake pan. I try to shape mine into an oval shape, then I take my hands and press the ends in some. Next, mix up your glaze. Spread the glaze evenly over the top of the meatloaf. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 50 minutes to an hour, or until meatloaf is cooked the whole way threw ( a meat thermometer is a good tool to use here). As soon as meatloaf is finished call dibs on the end piece, it’s the best! 😉

*My four Ingredient Mac & Cheese is the perfect side dish for this Meatloaf!

Deep Fried Pizza Tortellinis

pizza tortellinis

* Warning: these are very addicting.


1 – bag cheese tortellini’s

1 – Cup breadcrumbs ( I used plain)

2 – eggs

1 -Cup Mozzarella cheese

10-15 pepperonis ( diced into small pieces OR you could buy a pack of the mini pepperonis)


* I use a deep frying pan to fry these. Make sure your oil is hot enough before you put your tortellini’s in or they will get soggy. I have never used a deep fryer for these but it could be done that way, as well.

Thaw tortellini in the fridge overnight. In a small bowl add eggs and beat. In a second bowl add breadcrumbs. Use a fork to dip the tortellini in the egg, and then into the bread crumbs. Once they are well coated in bread crumbs, carefully place them into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown. Drain them on a plate that has been lined with paper towels. Throw the paper towel away and place the tortellini into a small oven safe bowl. Top the tortellini with cheese and pepperoni and put them in the oven under the broiler. Boil until cheese melts. This doesn’t take long at all so  watch them carefully. Take tortellini out and serve with warmed pizza sauce (  I warm mine in the microwave). Enjoy.

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