Meatloaf is 100% comfort food, isn’t it? This rolled version with Italian flavors is deliciously cheesy, saucy and 21 Day Fix approved! Perfect for a Sunday dinner or any night of the week.
Some meals just get right down into your soul, don’t they? This is a little twist on a meatloaf roll that I grew up eating – at our house we called it “Diane’s Meatloaf.” Diane was my mom’s best friend (and my best friend’s mom!) She’s been gone for seven years now, but every time I make her meatloaf, I imagine her right here with us, telling my kids to be sure to eat their vegetables or even just sitting at the table, laughing with my mother the way they did when we were kids. 🙂 She is missed, but we’ll never forget her.
That’s the beautiful thing about food. It doesn’t just fill a belly, it can tell a story or keep a memory close.
Aside from the fact that this dish brings so many wonderful memories to my mind, it’s also really delicious! I’m from Youngstown, Ohio, which is sort of like being from New York City (hold on, stay with me here!) in the sense that Italian food is what Y-town is all about. If you’re homesick and from Youngstown, the fix will always be going to go to the grocery store and picking up whatever you need to make yourself some comfort-y Italian fare. With basil, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and roasted bell peppers, this meal really feels like home to me. Making this meatloaf into a roulade (a French cooking term for roll) sort of fancies it up too, don’t you think? It makes it feel just a little more special than your typical ‘ol meatloaf (not that there’s anything wrong with your typical ol’ meatloaf!)
If you’ve never made any sort of roll like this before, no need to be intimidated, you can do it! It’s actually simpler than you’d think. Below are some last-minute pics I took of the process in hopes of making the instructions as clear as possible. It really is easy, I promise!
Just FYI, that sauce is ridiculous on some mashed potatoes!
Obviously this meal is close to my heart, but I’d love to work on “fixing” meals that are close to yours, too! You can contact me here with your recipes that you’d like me to fixify! I’m excited to see what your favorites are!