These Giada De Laurentiis Meatloaf Recipes Are Budget-Friendly Winners That Don’t Skimp on Flavor

Meatloaf may be a humble meal, but Food Network host Giada De Laurentiis proves with these three meatloaf recipes that it definitely doesn’t have to be boring.

Her three versions of the classic dish elevate it in flavor without breaking the bank.

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Giada De Laurentiis’ Turkey Meatloaf with Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Featuring tart feta cheese and intensely flavored sun-dried tomatoes, De Laurentiis’ turkey meatloaf is a standout.

As the chef notes in the recipe’s Food Network video, eggs and milk are especially important in this meatloaf mix because of the turkey: “Turkey has less fat than other meats, so you want to add two eggs to kind of give it its texture but also to create some moisture.”

She adds that dark-meat turkey is a great choice for this recipe, “just because it has a little more flavor.”

Over 500 five-star reviews on Food Network’s website confirmed that De Laurentiis’ wonderfully briny and tomatoey meatloaf is a hit.

As one home cook noted: “My new favorite meatloaf recipe. Tangy and so tasty. It even looks beautiful with the green flecks of parsley, red-orange tomatoes, and slightly oozy nuggets of white feta. This is a great sandwich meatloaf on Italian bread.”

Find the complete recipe, video, and reviews on Food Network’s site.

De Laurentiis’ Stuffed Meatloaf boasts an Italian filling

On the outside, this recipe from the Italian-American chef looks like any other meatloaf. Once it’s sliced, however, that’s a different story. De Laurentiis’ meatloaf is a blend of beef, pork, and veal served with marinara sauce.

Take a bite to taste the difference that its stuffing of pancetta, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, fresh rosemary, chestnuts, cubed Ciabatta bread, Parmesan cheese, broth, and eggs makes.

Home cooks gobbled up the chef’s delicious spin on the classic dish. One reviewer stated on Food Network’s site, “This stuffed meatloaf is pretty easy to make, tastes great, and it certainly impresses everyone who sees or tries it.”

Another home cook also sang its praises, adding, “The most delicious, moist, great blending of flavors I have ever had in a meatloaf.”

Get the complete recipe, video, and reviews on Food Network’s website.

The chef’s Eggplant Parmesan Meatloaf

In this recipe’s Food Network video, De Laurentiis revealed that “the key to making meatloaf is to mix all the seasoning ahead of time before you add the meat, so that way you get a nice, light meatloaf.”

This meatloaf recipe from the Simply Giada star tops the beef mixture with cooked eggplant slices and jarred tomato-basil sauce for a clearly Italian touch. Instead of an actual loaf of meat, she bakes the meat mixture spread out on a cookie sheet. More sauce tops each eggplant slice, followed by mozzarella cheese for a delicious spin on traditional meatloaf.

One reviewer observed that De Laurentiis’ Eggplant Parmesan Meatloaf is three dishes in one: “From this recipe, you get pizza, meatloaf, lasagna all in one. It’s dreamy and so easy to make. A new staple in our home. Thank you, Giada.”

Get the full recipe, video, and reviews on Food Network’s site.

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