Sunday Supper Italian Turkey Meatloaf

We love meatloaf in this house. I make all different kinds, and in all different shapes. Free form, loaf pan, minis. I make pork and beef, all beef, ground chicken, turkey etc. Greek, Italian, traditional… Well you get the idea. It’s a perfect Sunday supper, as you have leftovers for the week. We make meatloaf sandwiches all week long. Yum.

Turkey meatloaf can be dry. I have a few tricks for this. Try to get ground meat that has some dark and white turkey meat in it. I also soak fresh hand torn bread in milk for about 10 minutes. And lastly, cook it until it’s barely done, then let it rest. Use a thermometer to make sure it’s done.

If you want to prep this earlier in the day, keep the meatloaf in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap, and pop in the oven an hour before dinner. That will give it ample time to rest.


  • 2 slices soft bread, torn into small pieces (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 8 thin slices pancetta, finely chopped (or bacon, salami, ham etc. can also leave this out if not on hand)
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh herbs – you can use parsley, oregano, thyme etc. chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs (panko)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • couple of dashes of Worcersterhire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
    salt & freshly ground black pepper


  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 TB Dijon mustard
  • 1 TB brown sugar
  • leftover chopped herbs or dried Italian seasoning

Start by sautéing your onions and garlic in some olive oil.Let cool.


Soak the fresh bread pieces in the milk in a LARGE bowl.  Add the remaining ingredients into the same bowl.


Mix well with your hands. Form into a loaf on a foil lined cookie sheet. Mix all the topping ingredients in a small bowl and spread on top. I used fresh oregano and thyme from the garden today.


Pop into a 325F oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes.

Below: ready for the oven!


I also tossed some washed and chopped potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, and cracked Rosemary. I popped them into the oven at the same time.


Mmmmm all done. Smells so good! While the meatloaf is resting, I steamed some veggies and tossed them with a pat of butter.


Dinner is served. And so delicious.



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