We all have our favorite dinners here in our house but one family member will always ask for cheese stuffed meatloaf if you ask what he wants for dinner. As soon as it starts getting cool enough for the oven to be on - the please can we have it starts.
Sometimes he just asks for meatloaf, but this one is even better! I mean it combines two favorite things, right? This was adapted from a recipe I shared on my personal blog here: Dawn's Amazing Meatloaf where I use simple ingredients instead of using boxed onion soup. There were minor changes, along with adding the cheese!
Why simple ingredients?
In our house we refer to simple ingredients as things that we can pronounce and are not processed in a box or a can. I prefer to use simple ingredients instead of processed ones when I can. I have some things that I still have to figure out a way around using, but I am learning that you really don't need as much processed food as we all use!
We feel better when we don't use any of the processed stuff. You probably already have the ingredients to this mix I make instead of the soup mix and again, it is healthier. What is even better? You can actually pronounce all of the stuff we are using today! I promise 🙂
Making cheese stuffed meatloaf
First thing you want to do is make your "onion soup mix" in a large bowl. I do that in quotes because it is your substitute here. I wouldn't use this for an actual onion soup recipe, but it is a perfect mix for in a meatloaf.
Add in your bread crumbs and stir to combine, homemade is great here but you can use store bought - I don't judge. Next you add in your water, eggs, mushrooms (not required but I really recommend to give it a wonderful flavor) and BBQ sauce. Again BBQ sauce is great homemade but you can also use store bought.
A note about the BBQ sauce:
The BBQ sauce I used was purchased but it does not have any extra ingredients in it. It is from a local business in the town of New Hope and he has great sauces. The name of the store is Suzie's Hot Shoppe. I am not an affiliate of theirs just a fan of their sauces. If you have a BBQ sauce recipe to share, please let me know!
Mixing and shaping
Mix all of the above ingredients well. Your mix will be almost like a paste. Now add in your ground beef and mix well. You can use a fork but I prefer to just get my hands in there and mix it. In a 13x9 pan, shape about 2/3 of the beef mixture into a loaf. Using your hands, push down on the center a little bit to create a well in the loaf to hold your cheese. I leave just about an inch and a half all the way around for a border and you only have to push down to make a 1 inch well. Sprinkle cheese in the well:
Looks delicious already, right? Now you want to take the remaining meat and place it on top. Push down on it so it connects with the edges so you don't lose cheese during cooking.
Baking the meatloaf
Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Regular meatloaf I cook for 1 hour, but cheese stuffed meatloaf I add the extra 10 minutes. It should not have any pink juice sitting on top. Meatloaf usually gets a little bit of pink or reddish juice on top until it is fully cooked. Take it out of the oven and let it stand for about 10 minutes before cutting.
As a note:
We don't add stuff to the top of our meatloaf but I know that some people do. Please feel free to add whatever you like on top of it. Some people like ketchup and some use tomato sauce. Be creative and enjoy!
Our oven does both conventional and convection. This was cooked with a regular conventional bake setting, if you are using a fan you will need to turn temp down a little.
Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf
- 13x9 baking dish
- 3 pounds ground beef we use 85% here
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs
- 3 Tbsp BBQ Sauce we like honey BBQ here
- 1 cup baby bella brown mushrooms chopped
- 1 1/2 cup shredded cheese we used mozzarella
Onion Soup Mix Substitute
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 3 Tbsp dried minced onion
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp parsley
- Preheat oven to 350 In a large bowl mix together the onion soup mix substitute.Add in bread crumbs and stir well.
- Mix in water, eggs, mushrooms and BBQ sauce. Stir well, it will be almost a paste. Add in your ground beef and mix well.
- Take about 2/3 of your beef mixture and shape it into a loaf but press down a little in the middle so your side come up about an inch higher.Add the cheese to the center.Place the remaining mixture on top of the cheese. Pressing together carefully at the sides so no cheese sneaks out on you during cooking.
- Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes. There should be no pink or red juices on the top of your meatloaf. Allow to sit out for about 10 minutes before cutting.