Recipe By Allrecipes
Published Jan 16th
Prep 15m Cook 30m Additional - Ready In 45m
Servings 4 mini meatloaves Calories 335.9

Traditional meatloaf is modernized in this easy Italian-inspired recipe–it’s served in mini, single-sized loaves, stuffed with mozzarella and pepperoni, and air-fried, not baked!

Recipe Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons purchased basil pesto
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • ⅓ cup Italian-seasoned panko bread crumbs
  • 8 slices pepperoni
  • 2 ounces small fresh mozzarella balls (such as BelGioioso®)
  • ½ cup marinara sauce, warmed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil, or to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Combine milk, pesto, egg, garlic, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add ground beef and bread crumbs and combine, being careful not to overmix.
  2. 2 Divide meat mixture into 4 portions. Press a well into each portion, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Place 2 slices pepperoni into each well, overlapping to cover the length of the well. Top each with 1/4 of the mozzarella balls. Press meat mixture around the filling to enclose; form each portion into an oblong loaf shape. Place loaves into the air fryer basket, in batches.
  3. 3 Cook in the air fryer at 370 degrees F (190 degrees C) until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of the meat reads 165 degrees F (75 degrees C), about 15 minutes. Serve meatloaves topped with warm marinara sauce and fresh basil.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 335.9
  • Carbohydrate 12.9 g
  • Cholesterol 135 mg
  • Fat 16.7 g
  • Fiber 1.1 g
  • Protein 33.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 7 g
  • Sodium 410.9 mg
  • Sugar 3.8 g

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  1. I've made this dish three times now. The first time I did it exactly as written. It was really good. I'm not much of a cook, so I was pleased to have a meal that felt like I knew what I was doing. The only problem I had was that the pepperoni just pulls the - Read more ...