Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf and Veggie Marinara Sauce

Sunday: Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf w/ Rigatoni, Salad & Garlic French Bread

One word. Delicious! We will be eating this meal once a month for sure! It was super easy to make and very tasty. Full of flavor and it seems healthier than traditional Chicken Parmesan. The one thing I did notice is that if you like your meatloaf to fill up the dish you need to use a smaller than normal meatloaf pan to bake it in. The pan I used was a standard size, which was pretty big for only 1 lb of meat. So it wasn’t shaped perfectly and didn’t fill the pan…but that’s not a big deal.

In addition to the meatloaf, I made an awesome veggie marinara sauce and tossed it with Rigatoni. Topped it with fresh parsley and some shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano. Added a nice salad full of veggies and some warm garlic bread. Perfection!

Sources w/ Ratings: Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf  ~ 5 forks
                                 Veggie Marinara Sauce (Me!, original recipe) ~ 5 forks

Veggie Marinara Sauce
8-10 servings

1 med yellow onion, finely diced
1-2 Tbsp pre-minced Garlic (to taste)
½ large green bell pepper, finely diced
½ large red bell pepper, finely diced
1 ½ cups chopped fresh mushrooms
4-5 Tbsp of Italian Seasonings (to taste)
Salt & Fresh Cracked Pepper (to taste)
3, 14.5 cans of diced tomatoes
2, 14.5 cans of tomato sauce
2 Tbsp of Tabasco Sauce (to taste)
Handful of Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley, roughly chopped

Add onion, sauté for a few minutes, until onions soften. Add garlic, and sauté for a 1-2 minutes. Add finely chopped green bell pepper and red bell pepper and mushrooms. Sauté for a additional 3-4 minutes. Add Italian seasonings, salt and pepper.

Add all of the sauce and tomatoes. Add Tabasco sauce. Stir everything together.

Bring to low boil then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 30-45 minutes.  At the end of cook time, add a handful of fresh flat leaf parsley and stir in.  Toss a pound of your favorite pasta with sauce and serve.

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