Meatloaf Recipe with Italian Sausage (Not Spicy!)

Meatloaf recipes can vary a lot. Some call for a lot of different ingredients and prep when others keep it simple. This is one of the simple ones. You can have this dinner thrown together before the oven’s even preheated and everything will be ready in about an hour and a half.

It’s great if you want to change things up from having chicken or pork for dinner. Everybody needs a little variety, right?

Let’s take a look at what you’ll need for this meatloaf recipe.

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What You’ll Need to Make It

What It IsDescriptionWhere to buy
CookwareMedium mixing bowlAmazon
CookwareLoaf panAmazon
CookwareWhisk for this meatloaf recipeAmazon
CookwareMeasuring spoonsAmazon
CookwareMeasuring CupAmazon
CookwarePyrex Liquid Measuring CupAmazon
CookwareCutting boardAmazon
CookwareSmall kitchen knifeAmazon
CookwareMeat thermometerAmazon
Ingredient85% Lean/15% Fat Ground Beef, 1 LBStore
Ingredient1/2 pound of Italian sausageStore
Ingredient1 eggStore
Ingredient1 cup of tomato juiceStore
Ingredient1 teaspoon of saltStore
Ingredient1/4 teaspoon of pepperStore
Ingredient1/4 cup onionStore
Ingredient3/4 cup oats (dry)Store

Step 1 of the Meatloaf Recipe

Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (180c). Some recipes tend to skip over the part about preheating your oven, but it’s so fast to put all this stuff together that you should just go ahead with doing that at the beginning.

preheat oven

Step 2

For step 2, start by grabbing your onion.

chopping onion for meatloaf recipe

Chop up enough to fill up 1/4 cup.

1/4 cup onion

Dump the onion into the large mixing bowl.

putting onion in bowl for meatloaf recipe

Following that, grab your Italian sausage for the meatloaf recipe.

I happened to have two actual Italian sausages on-hand (where most people would buy it ground up for this). So, we took the casing off each one and they held together for the picture here.

Italian sausages for meatloaf recipe

Throw the sausage into the mixing bowl and mix it around with the onion already in there.

Italian sausage in a bowl

Grab A Measuring Spoon and Some Salt


Measure out 1 teaspoon of salt and throw that in. There’s already some salt in the Italian sausage (I think) so that’s why this will be plenty.


Then, measure out 1 teaspoon of pepper and dump that in, too, for this part of the meatloaf recipe.


Egg time. Get 1 egg.


Take the egg and crack it into the mixing bowl.

egg in bowl for meatloaf recipe

Next, get your tomato juice.

tomato juice and Pyrex

Measure out 1 cup of that and then pour it into the mixing bowl.

1 cup of tomato juice for meatloaf recipe

Next, get your oats. I know, I know, it seems weird putting oats and meat together but just go with it. I swear it’ll be pretty good.

Quaker Oats

Measure out 3/4 cup of those and pour them into the bowl.

pouring oats into meatloaf  recipe

After doing that, get the most important ingredient: your ground beef! Arguably, the sausage is just as important, but anyways, get out one pound of ground beef.

85% lean ground beef

Mix that in with everything else in the bowl for this part of the meatloaf recipe.

mixing meatloaf ingredients

Start filling up your ungreased loaf pan. In my case it’s technically a dish, but either way, start putting the mixture in there.

putting meat in loaf pan

Get it all in there for this last part of the meatloaf recipe.

meatloaf before baking

Bake at 350 degrees F for one hour and fifteen minutes. I know it kind of takes a while, but still,

baking meatloaf

Once it’s done, you should have something that looks like this:

finished meatloaf recipe

Trust me when I say you won’t need ketchup or any kind of sauce with it.


Notecard Version of the Meatloaf Recipe

Meatloaf Recipe with Italian Sausage (It's really good and not super hot)

Recipe by BobCourse: DinnerDifficulty: Easy


Prep time


Cooking time








  • 1/2 pound of Italian sausage

  • 1 pound of 85% lean ground beef

  • 1 tsp of salt

  • 1/4 tsp of pepper

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup of tomato juice

  • 3/4 cup oats (dry)

  • 1/4 cup onion


  • Preheat your oven to 350 F. Then, combine 1/4 cup of chopped onion, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 tsp salt, 1 egg, and 3/4 cup dry oats into a medium mixing bowl.
  • Mix 1/2 pound of Italian sausage and 1 pound of 85% lean ground beef into the bowl with the other ingredients. Then, add 1 cup of tomato juice into the bowl, too.
  • Fill an ungreased loaf pan with the meat mixture and place in the oven for 75 minutes (hour and fifteen).
  • Once the time's up, use a meat thermometer to double check that it's at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit (it should be way hotter). Then, let it cool for a few minutes and dig in! You probably won't need anything like Ketchup, it's really flavorful on its own.


  • Full calorie calculation at the end of the main article.

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Calorie Calculation

Ground beef960
Italian sausage (est)550
tomato juice100
Calories per serving (1905/5 = 381)381

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