close up photo of mozzarella stuffed meatloaf

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatloaf

The ultimate comfort food: A delicious meatloaf filled with gooey cheese that oozes out as you slice it!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 174kcal
Author Nora Rusev


For the meatloaf:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery finely chopped
  • 1/2 small green pepper finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1 handful fresh parsley finely chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For stuffing:

  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese diced

For topping:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup OR your favorite meatloaf sauce


  • Prep: Line a rimmed sheet pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease it (you can skip the foil, it just makes clean up a little messier). Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Make the meatloaf mix: Place all ingredients for the meatloaf in a large mixing bowl and combine well (I like using a hand mixer with the dough hook attachment for minimal mess and maximum convenience).
  • Shape: Shape meat mix into a loaf on the prepared pan. Create a deep crease down the middle and fill with mozzarella cheese. Tightly pinch the meat mix together on top of the cheese to close.
  • Bake: Spread entire loaf with 1/3 of the sauce. Bake for 30 minutes. Carefully spread with another 1/3 of the sauce and finish baking for 20-30 minutes, or until internal temperature of the meat reaches 160°F.
  • Finish: Remove cooked meatloaf from the oven. Immediately spread with remaining sauce. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.


Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 460mg | Potassium: 316mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 2.1mg