Monday, March 22, 2010

Individual Sicilian Meat Loaves

1 beaten egg

1 14-ounce jar garlic and onion pasta sauce (1-3/4 cups)

1/4 cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

12 ounces ground beef

2 ounces mozzarella cheese

4 thin slices prosciutto or cooked ham (about 2 ounces)

1 9-ounce package plain or spinach fettuccine

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a medium bowl beat egg with a whisk. Stir in 1/4 cup of the pasta sauce, the fine dry bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Add ground beef; mix well.

2. Cut mozzarella cheese into four logs, each measuring approximately 2 1/4x3/4x1/2 inches. Wrap a slice of prosciutto or ham around each cheese log. Shape one-fourth of the ground beef mixture around each cheese log to form a loaf. Flatten each meat loaf to 1-1/2 inch thickness. Place the four meat loaves in a shallow baking pan.

3. Bake loaves, uncovered, about 20 minutes or until meat is done (160 degrees F). Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. In a small saucepan heat remaining pasta sauce over medium heat until bubbly.

4. Arrange meat loaves over hot cooked pasta. Spoon sauce over top. Makes 4 servings.