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Valerie Bertinelli's Thursday Turkey Meat Loaf

Save the Leftovers for Sandwiches

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Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

The memory is so vivid: I'm standing at the kitchen counter, mixing bread crumbs, onions, ground turkey, cheese, eggs, and seasonings while Wolfie sits at the kitchen table doing his homework. They're some of the fondest memories I have of his childhood--and I'm certain half of America can relate to this scene. Back then, I relied on a repeated weekly menu, which is how this meat loaf earned its name. It makes excellent sandwiches the day after it is baked.


  • 2 slices soft white sandwich bread, torn into small pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 8 thin slices pancetta (about 4 ounces), finely chopped
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, pushed through a press
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup Italian-style dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking Directions

    PREHEAT THE OVEN to 500°F. Combine the bread and milk in a large bowl and soak for 10 minutes. Add the turkey, eggs, cheese, pancetta, onion, garlic, 1 tablespoon of the ketchup, the parsley, oregano, dried bread crumbs, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well with your hands.

    Shape into an 8" x 5" loaf and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325°F and slather the remaining 1/4 cup ketchup all over the top of the loaf. Bake until a meat thermometer inserted in the center of the loaf reads 165 °F, about 45 minutes. Let the meat loaf rest for 10 minutes, then transfer to a platter and serve.

    Per serving (when serving 6): 378 calories, 32 g protein, 14 g carbohydrates, 21 g total fat, 7 g saturated fat, 1 g fiber, 1,008 mg sodium

    Per serving (when serving 8): 283 calories, 24 g protein, 11 g carbohydrates, 16 g total fat, 6 g saturated fat, 1 g fiber, 756 mg sodium

    This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.

    Reprinted from "One Dish at a Time" by Valerie Bertinelli. Copyright (c) 2012 by Valerie Bertinelli. By permission of Rodale, Inc. Available wherever books are sold.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: breadcrumbs, salt, oregano, ground turkey, eggs

    Course: Dinner

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