Italian Meat Loaf

Italian Meat Loaf

1 lb lean ground beef
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
2 tablespoons minced onion
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons basil
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fine bread crumbs
2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 lb Ricotta cheese
1/2 cup tomato sauce

Combine the first 6 ingredients. Add the salt, basil, black pepper and 2 of the eggs, well beaten. Mix well. Brush bottom and sides of a 9×5 inch loaf pan with oil and sprinkle with fine bread crumbs. Turn 1/2 of the meat mixture into the pan and spread uniformly over the bottom. Mix remaining egg, tomato sauce, and oregano with Ricotta cheese. Spread over meat. Top with remaining meat mixture, being sure to spread it to the sides of pan to completely cover cheese. Bake 1 hour or until done in a preheated oven at 350*. serves 4-5.