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September 10, 2014

Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf

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Who doesn’t love a simple, delicious meal that’s ready when they arrive home? This Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf is a home-y meal that requires little work.

Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf // The Speckled Palate

You know those days where you desperately want dinner fixed for you when you’re done working?

And by fixed, I mean you want NOTHING to do with the preparation of the food? Just want it to be there and be delicious and comforting and cozy?

I’ve been having a lot of those days recently.

Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf // The Speckled Palate

Life and work have been busy.

This little blog here needed a new design pronto.

I’m working on a crazy/awesome photo project for my upcoming birthday.

And because of it all, I’m a little worn out.

Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf // The Speckled Palate

What’s a girl to do?

Luckily, I’ve got an answer for that. … Or I think I’ve figured it out for myself, which is pretty fabulous.

Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf // The Speckled Palate

Slow cooker meals have become my BFF lately, and since I’ve been craving comforting, delicious dishes, I’ll pull together the ingredients in the morning, throw them into the slow cooker and let them simmer all day while I work, work, work.

By the time my husband arrives home and I’m done with my workload, dinner is as good as served!

And this Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf? It’s a winner. It takes a little time to pull together in the morning, but the end result is totally worth the effort.

Here’s how you make it:

Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf
Yield: 4 servings

Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

Who doesn't love a simple, delicious meal that's ready when they arrive home? This Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf is a home-y meal that requires little work.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano, (2 tablespoons fresh oregano)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil (1 tablespoon fresh basil)
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley (2 teaspoons fresh parsley)
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 ½ cups Fresh Cream of Tomato Soup (or canned tomato soup)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the the turkey, egg, panko, parmesan and seasonings.
  3. Using your hands, mix the the ingredients together until combined, then form into two rounds.
  4. Gently transfer the loafs to your saucepan, browning every side until thoroughly browned and crispy.
  5. Once the outside of each loaf has been browned, transfer them to the slow cooker.
  6. Top them with Fresh Cream of Tomato Soup.
  7. Cook on slow for 8 hours.
  8. Once cooked through, remove from slow cooker and slice into medallions. Top each piece with the tomato soup gravy from the slow cooker.
  9. Enjoy warm with a side of mashed potatoes (or rice) and green beans!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 540 Total Fat: 37g Saturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 20g Cholesterol: 205mg Sodium: 1284mg Carbohydrates: 17g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 37g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf // The Speckled Palate

What is your go-to slow cooker meal?


12 Comments

  1. Katherine

    What a great idea! Totally with you on slow cooker meals. I’ve never made anything with ground beef in the slow cooker and was thinking about this last night right before I gave up on new ideas and went with chili, my ground beef standby. Ohh man, the stars were ALMOST aligned! haha. Making this the next chance I get.

    • Erin

      Thanks, Katherine! You absolutely have to try ground beef (or turkey!) in the slow cooker like this — it’s a winner! And man, now you’ve got me thinking about chili. One of my favorite fall-ish meals. What recipe do you use for chili?

  2. Madison | Wetherills Say I Do

    Girl, this looks INCREDIBLE. I’m dying over it. Slow cookers are so awesome, especially for busy days where you don’t want to just eat crap food because you don’t have time for planning a meal! Definitely going to add this to our list 🙂

    • Erin

      Thanks, Madison! I appreciate it!

      Slow cookers really ARE fabulous for busy days when you don’t want take-out. (And since we’ve had take-out for the last two nights? Somebody’s playing with the slow cooker again!)

      Let me know what you think of this whenever you make it! Would love to know how it turns out.

  3. Alli

    This looks so good. I cannot wait until we have enough room for a slow cooker. (Yes, in our NYC apartment kitchen even a slow cooker would take up too much space)

    • Erin

      It really is so good, Alli, and it makes me sad that you don’t have enough room for a slow cooker in your NYC apartment kitchen. But it’s kind of awesome that you can make all your meals in a small space. That’s impressive!

  4. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    I’ve never been a meatloaf fan but this slow cooked meatloaf looks and sounds delicious.. and I bet it’s full of yummy flavours too. Thanks for the recipe, I must try it!

    • Erin

      It is absolutely full of yummy flavors, Thalia! Maybe this’ll change your mind on meatloaf? Perhaps? Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Megan

    Okay… I want this for dinner tonight! I already had that tomato soup on my “to make” list. I must add this!

    • Erin

      Sounds serendipitous to me, Megan! Please let me know what you think, and enjoy! This is one of our current faves!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Ami! These little meatloafs are pretty fantastic and a perfect weeknight meal!

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