Spinach and Pine Nut Meat Loaf

Taking a cue from Mediterranean cuisine, this colorful meat loaf boasts the flavors of toasted nuts, fresh basil and garlic.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 40 min
  • Servings 0

Ingredients

1 1/2
pounds lean ground beef
1/4
cup pine nuts or slivered almonds, toasted
1
cup milk
1
tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2
teaspoons chopped fresh basil leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon ground mustard
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
garlic clove, finely chopped, or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1
egg
3
slices bread, torn into small pieces
1
small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
1
package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to drain
  • 1 Heat oven to 350ºF. Mix all ingredients. Spread mixture in ungreased loaf pan, 8 1/2x4 1/2x2 1/2 or 9x5x3 inches, or shape into 9x5-inch loaf in ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches.
  • 2 Insert meat thermometer so tip is in center of loaf. Bake uncovered 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until thermometer reads 160°F (170°F if ground pork is used). Let stand 5 minutes; remove from pan.

Expert Tips

For variety, you can use a combination of ground beef, pork and turkey, or wrap the meat loaf in bacon before baking.

You’ll want to set aside a slice or two of this meat loaf before you bring it to the table so you’ll have leftovers for sandwiches the next day. Stuffed in pita bread along with chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil and a tablespoon or two of plain yogurt, this meat loaf is even better the second time around!

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
345
(
Calories from Fat
200 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
22 g
22 %
(Saturated Fat
8 g,
8 %
),
Cholesterol
105 mg
105 %;
Sodium
400 mg
400 %;
Total Carbohydrate
13 g
13 %
(Dietary Fiber
2 g
2 %
),
Protein
26 g
26 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
12%;
Iron
16%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.