Pizza Meatloaf

Pizza Meatloaf ... So easy and loaded with mozzarella cheese in the middle!

Pizza Meatloaf is a fun and easy spin on traditional meatloaf. Chop up pepperoni or any of your favorite pizza topping and mix that right in, plus there’s a thick layer of melted mozzarella cheese in the middle that makes every bite over the top! I used Ragu Homestyle for a made-from-scratch taste without all the prep!

My kids love meatballs. Like LOVE.

But every time I make meatloaf they are…how do I put this…LESS than thrilled. Even when I try to tell them that meatloaf is like a giant meatball they still aren’t buying what I’m selling.


BUT apparently if you stuff cheese inside, top it with some Homestyle Ragu Sauce and call it “Pizza Meatloaf” their tune starts changing.

It’s all about how you market it.

Pizza Meatloaf ... So easy and loaded with mozzarella cheese in the middle!

And to up the pizza factor I chopped up some pepperoni and mixed that into the ground beef…

Chopped Pepperoni

But you could absolutely leave out the pepperoni and mix in whatever your favorite pizza topping is…

Sauteed mushrooms would be great, olives…sausage crumbles…

Pizza Meatloaf

I like to add a little Ricotta cheese to my meatloaf too to make it extra tender! You just mix everything up and then place half of it into a baking dish.

Top half with slices of mozzarella…

Pizza Meatloaf

Then top it with the remaining mixture and make sure to seal it up tight, so the cheese doesn’t melt out.

Homestyle Ragu

Next grab some tomato sauce. I LOVE the new Homestyle Ragu sauces…they are thick and taste super fresh. I would even use this in place of pizza sauce on a homemade pie! There are no artificial flavors, no high fructose corn syrup, and the flavor is super bold. I really really love it. I found it at my local Stop & Shop.

Just spread that sauce on top of your meatloaf and bake it for 45 minutes…

Pizza Meatloaf ... So easy and loaded with mozzarella cheese in the middle!

Then spread more sauce on and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Sprinkle it with some parsley and DIG IN!

Pizza Meatloaf ... So easy and loaded with mozzarella cheese in the middle!

All the cheese on the inside.


Pizza Meatloaf ... So easy and loaded with mozzarella cheese in the middle!

This is such a simple dish, guaranteed to get your kids excited about dinnertime!


Pizza Meatloaf

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: serves 6 1x


  • 6 ounces pepperoni chopped
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 8 ounces sliced mozzarella
  • 1 cup Homestyle Ragu sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using your hands combine pepperoni, ground beef, egg, ricotta cheese, thyme, garlic powder, oregano, breadcrumbs, salt, and red pepper.
  3. Divide the mixture in half and place half of it in the prepared pan, forming into a loaf shape, creating a shallow well. Place the cheese slices in the well of the ground beef mixture. Top the cheese with the remaining meat mixture, making sure to seal the cheese inside, so it doesn’t leak out.
  4. Spread half of the Ragu Sauce on top of the meatloaf and bake for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove the meatloaf from the oven, spread the remaining sauce on top and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  6. Serve warm

*Sponsored post by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

16 Responses

  1. When I first saw this recipe, I thought it was a pizza flavoured substitute for all pizza fans who are on low-carb diet, and actually can not have it. In fact this recipe serves both – meat and pizza lovers.

  2. Teija

    Another one to add to my list 😉 I think I made 5 from your cookbook this weekend and another three on tap. A friend picked me up some Gruyere to make the grilled cheese sandwiches this week. The chocolate chip caramel bars are delicious and have been a huge hit both at home and work. Can’t wait to bake up the Lemmy’s tonight! This pizza meatloaf is definitely going on the menu – soon!

    1. Shelly

      I LOVE hearing this!!! I would also love it if you posted some pictures of your treats on facebook or Instagram and tag me! I love seeing what people are making!!

  3. Sharon

    I made this tonight for dinner and everyone loved it. The only thing I changed was the garlic powder. I only used 1/2 tsp. since 1 tsp. seemed like a bit too much. It was really good and will be making again. Only suggestion I would make would be to put the meatloaf on a rack first, since a lot of grease accumulates on the bottom of the pan.

  4. Made this last night for dinner…OH MY GOODNESS!! Why had I never thought of this before?? Because rock star Shelly did!! You have yet to let me down with any of your recipes! Thanks for another tasty one!! I think next time I will replace a .5 lb of beef with Italian Sausage, but everything else exactly the same!!

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