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Sweet Italian turkey sausage and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese lend an almost meatball-like flavor to this moist and marinara-topped turkey meat loaf. Slideshow: More Ground Turkey Recipes 


Credit: © Abby Hocking

Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the onion, garlic and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 7 minutes. Scrape the onion mixture into a large bowl. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the 1/4 cup of parsley and the basil. Let cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Add the ground turkey, turkey sausage, crushed crackers, cheese, mayonnaise, eggs, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper to the cooled onion mixture. Using your hands, mix gently until combined.

  • Transfer the meat mixture to a parchment paper–lined baking sheet and pat it into a 5-by-11-inch loaf. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the meat loaf is browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°. Remove the meat loaf from the oven and spoon the marinara sauce on top.

  • Turn on the broiler and broil the meat loaf until the marinara sauce is browned in spots, 3 to 4 minutes. Let the meat loaf stand for 15 minutes, garnish with chopped parsley and serve.

Make Ahead

The cooked meat loaf can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.