Recipe Details

Mini Pork Meat Loaves

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest


1 pound ground pork
1 14-oz jar pasta sauce
1 1/2 cups Italian cheese blend, shredded
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, salt-free blend
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh basil, (optional)

Cooking Directions

In large mixing bowl combine ground pork, 3/4 cup of pasta sauce, 1 cup of cheese, bread crumbs, egg, seasoning and salt.

Shape mixture into 4 oval-shaped loaves (about 6 inches in length) and place on a foil lined baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Top each loaf with some of the remaining pasta sauce, remainder of the cheese and fresh tomato slices.

Bake in 425 degrees F oven for 15 minutes or until cooked through to a final internal temperature of 160 degrees F.  Garnish with basil leaves if desired and serve with any remaining sauce.

Serves 4

Serving Suggestions

These individual meat loaves make a great weeknight meal.  Serve with baked potatoes and green beans

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About the Cut: Ground Pork

Ground Pork is pork that has been ground or finely chopped. It is unseasoned and usually is available fresh with an average lean-fat ratio of 70 percent lean, 30 percent fat. 

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About the Cooking Method: Roasting

COOKING BASICS: 1) Preheat oven to 325 to 350 degrees F. (for pork tenderloin, roast at 450 degrees F.). 2) Trim much of the exterior fat from the roast; if roast has no fat cover, rub the surface with 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil. Season roast with herbs and other seasonings, if desired. 3) Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. 4) Do not cover; place in oven and roast to an internal temperature of 150 to 155 degrees F. for medium doneness. 5) Remove roast from oven. Allow it to "rest" for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. This resting period allows juices to redistribute. Internal temperature will rise approximately another 5 degrees F.

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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

Originally sealed, prepacked ground pork will keep in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. If you do plan on keeping the raw, fresh pork longer before cooking it, store it well wrapped in the freezer. Cooked leftovers can be kept in the fridge for 4-5 days.

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Butcher's Tips

To make a ground pork patty gently mix ground pork with desired seasonings, and then separate into individual amounts for each burger. Using both hands, shape the ground pork into circular patties about three quarters of an inch in thickness. Then, fry or grill your handmade creations for all to enjoy!

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18 weight watchers points
by anonymous 09/15/2013
Not a healthy meal at all.

Easy and fun
by anonymous 02/24/2012
 2nd time making this. Love it! Agree - don't need 1 1/2 cup bread crumbs. 1 cup is perfect.

by LuisaC 12/15/2010

Great flavor!
by CindyK 09/22/2010
 This has become a family favorite. My men gobble them up!

by MA Swain 06/25/2010
recipe calls for too much bread crumbs, I used 1 cup second go around and it was better