Rolled Meatloaf with Ham, Cheese & Spinach

I have been making this recipe for many years now and when I released my cookbook back in 2013, this was the most popular recipe. Lots of people said it tastes just like spaghetti and meatballs. It is a great meal to make ahead of time and keep in the fridge until you are ready to cook it. Please take note of the long cooking time – 1hr 15 mins. Don’t leave it too late before you decide to place it in the oven or you might not be eating dinner until 8pm!


Amanda (Simple home cook)

Rolled Meatloaf - stuffed with spinach, ham and cheese

Rolled meatloaf with ham, cheese & spinach


1kg lean beef mince
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ Tbspn fresh/dried parsley
2 eggs
¾ cup breadcrumbs
salt & pepper to taste
100g ham
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
2 cups grated cheese
500g bottled pasta sauce
½ cup water


  1. Place a large sheet of aluminium foil on bench.
  1. In a large bowl, combine mince, garlic, parsley, eggs, breadcrumbs, salt & pepper. Mix with hands until well combined.
  1. Tip mince onto foil & shape into a large rectangle, approx 1.5 cm thick.
  1. Spread the ham, cheese & spinach over the rectangle, leaving 2 cm around the edge with no topping.
  1. Taking the long edge of the foil, tightly roll the meatloaf away from you, tucking in cheese & spinach as you go. Pull back the foil as you roll. Seal the ends of the mince so the filling doesn’t leak out.
  1. Wrap the entire loaf in foil & refrigerate until required.


  1. Preheat oven to 180o Place the loaf (wrapped in foil) into a large baking dish.
  1. Bake, covered for 1 hr, then open the foil & pour approx. ½ of the pasta sauce over the meatloaf. Add ½ cup water to the bottle of sauce, shake to mix with remaining sauce in bottle. Pour this over meatloaf also. Bake, uncovered for a further 15 mins.

Rolled Meatloaf - stuffed with spinach, ham and cheese


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    July 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Can you cook this in the slow cooker?

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    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    July 25, 2015 at 3:12 am

    Meatloaf looks delicious!

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    July 19, 2016 at 2:19 pm


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      Kelly - Be A Fun Mum
      September 1, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      180 degrees celsius

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        Carol Esteban
        November 29, 2016 at 1:02 pm

        (Around 350 F.)

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          May 13, 2017 at 10:41 am

          That’s crazy!!!! The recipe should put 350!!!!!!

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            May 13, 2017 at 10:59 am

            This would only come from an American. I’m so embarrassed. The recipe’s creator could possibly be from…not America!

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              June 1, 2017 at 11:53 am

              Jerk. The person writing this recipe should (180/350 ) as MOST bloggs do. I guess you haven’t seen that before

              • Karen Reed
                June 6, 2017 at 10:54 am

                Google works. She obviously isn’t from the US, and we are about the only ones who do not use the metric system. What you have written is like going to another country and expecting those citizens to speak English. It’s called respect.

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    Nancy Walker
    September 7, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I’m 85 yrs old and and still do a lot of cooking but have never heard of mince before.Is that an English word and why do you use it when using chopped hamburger/?

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      Tam Campbell
      September 11, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      We say mince meat/beef here in Australia… probably an English (heritage) thing… from putting the meat through the mincer. In the US it’s ground beef.

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      Cindy Bickerton
      December 17, 2019 at 3:10 am

      Minced meat is a common term. So many variations happen around the globe. In this case, speaking as sonmeone from canada who writes and edits, ‘mince’ means the mixture based in ground beef.

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    September 7, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Don’t know how I stumbled across this, but made it, and it was EXCELLENT! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Rolling it was harder than I expected, but got it to work.

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    September 15, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Excellent and easy! I didn’t have ham to put in it so I used pastrami and it was very good.

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    September 25, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Can you substitute the ham or leave it off altogether? I don’t eat pork.

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    October 1, 2016 at 4:44 am

    My mom made something like this 50 years ago only she put a bread stuffing in the middle. This one looks so good. Need to give it a try.

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    October 13, 2016 at 12:11 am

    did you drain the grease from the cooked ground chuck?

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    JoAnn Gruber
    October 23, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Is the grated cheese a type of mozzarella or provolone? O is it grated Locatelli or Romano? Tx!

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    November 2, 2016 at 5:02 am

    That looks great, I must try it 🙂

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    November 7, 2016 at 7:14 am

    just finished making this recipe. EXCELLENT!!!! Very good!! Hubby loves it! Son loves it! I love it

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    November 11, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Estamos en ello, pero pinta muy bien!

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    November 12, 2016 at 4:54 am

    That’s super!!! I made it for today’s dinner and all my family now love it. Many thanks for inspiration 🙂

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    November 16, 2016 at 5:53 am

    I made this last night and it was delicious, I substituted red wine for the water worked out great. I am not sure at the cooking temperature, after an hour it was not close and I put the oven temp to 400 degrees.

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    November 30, 2016 at 7:25 am

    I make a variation of this dish myself. It can be grilled, or baked. Either way you will need to use a broiling pan to control run-off. I simply lay raw bacon, slightly overlapped down first, then add the seasoned hamburger meat in a thin layer. Then add motserella cheese, fresh baby spinach, (you can also freeze packaged spinach and crumble it in the package, then shake it over the meat as thick as you desire.)or if you like spicy, try a layer of jalapenos. Then roll it up being sure to seal the ends. I do not use tin foil myself, although I could, how ever, I use parchment paper to make the roll, being careful to insure that where the bacon overlaps is on the bottom of the loaf as it is rolled on to the broiling pan. I pre heat the oven to 375 F. Let loaf cook for 20 min. then coat loaf with brown sugar honey BBQ sauce. Repeat BBQ coating every 15-20 minutes until done. Total cook time is approximately 1 hour +/- depending on oven or grill.

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      Kelly - Be A Fun Mum
      December 2, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks for sharing Robin.

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        September 10, 2018 at 11:56 am

        Thank you for sharing your method Robin I am going to try both methods using my family as my guinea pig LOL

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    December 7, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Can you make it ahead of time and freeze it?

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    December 16, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    se ve buenisimo y sencillo ,claro que lo hare a mis hijos les va a encantar no soy muy dada a hacer este tipo de comidas rapidas pero esta me gusto porque la puedes acompañar con ensalada y pan de ajo. gracias

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    January 14, 2017 at 2:47 am

    No hablo ingles pero me.interesa la receta! Por favor publicala en español!! Gracias!!

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    January 14, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    The only problem is that cooking in a aluminum foil is not healthy at all. Could it be done in another way?

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      January 23, 2017 at 4:14 am

      I used baking paper then wrapped that in foil.

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    Roni da Silva
    January 26, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Nossa que delicia,muito bom

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    January 29, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Hy Keller,
    have you this Rezept in German languages.

    Greeting André

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    February 1, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Por favor, alguien que traduzca al español esta receta!!!! Gracias!!!!

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    David Eaton
    February 1, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Just came upon your recipe and was wondering as my wife dislikes cooked spinach could I substitute broccoli florets?

    Thank you…

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    ebrahim abdalla
    February 20, 2017 at 2:15 am

    So great. Thanks allot

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    March 1, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Can it be done without foil ,I’m out and can’t go to the store lol

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    March 1, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Can it be done without foil ,I’m out and can’t go to the store lol

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    Ruth Santos
    March 2, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Can I do it with out the sauce

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    March 16, 2017 at 1:43 am

    How many servings is this?

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    April 21, 2017 at 12:41 am

    Mmmm!!!! Was very tasty!!!??? I was make it today for lunch. Thank you for recipe!!!

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    April 27, 2017 at 3:04 am

    1 kg de carne magra picada
    3 dientes de ajo picados
    ½ Tbspn de perejil fresco / seco
    2 huevos
    ¾ taza de pan rallado
    Sal y pimienta al gusto
    100 g de jamón
    2 tazas de hojas frescas de espinaca
    2 tazas de queso rallado
    500g de salsa de pasta embotellada
    ½ taza de agua


    Coloque una hoja grande de papel de aluminio sobre la mesa.
    En un tazón grande, combine picado, ajo, perejil, huevos, pan rallado, sal y pimienta. Mezclar con las manos hasta que estén bien combinadas.
    Agregar la.mezcla en el papel wax h forme un rectángulo grande, aproximadamente 1.5 cm de espesor.
    Agregue el jamón, el queso y la espinaca sobre el rectángulo, dejando 2 cm alrededor del borde sin cobertura.
    Tomando el borde enrolle la carne cuidando que no caiga la espinaca y el queso. Tire hacia atrás la hoja mientras rueda. Selle los extremos del picado para que el relleno no se salga.
    Envuelva el pan entero en papel de aluminio y refrigere hasta que se requiera.

    Precaliente el horno a 180o Coloque el pan (envuelto en papel de aluminio) en un plato grande para hornear.
    Hornear, cubrir durante 1 hora, luego abrir la hoja y verter aprox. ½ de la salsa de pasta sobre el pastel de carne. Añadir ½ taza de agua a la botella de salsa, batir para mezclar con la salsa restante en botella. Verter esto sobre el pan de carne también. Hornear, descubierto durante 15 minutos más

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    roleri monica
    April 27, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    hola en español no entiendo las reseta

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    May 9, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Got a second request for this tonight. It’s fantastic!

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    claudia candia
    May 12, 2017 at 8:50 am

    una receta simple y exqisita…la felicito…delicioso…

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    Ana Sanchez
    June 27, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Amanda: gracias x estas recetas que facilitan el quehacer de la casa.

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    Ana Sanchez
    June 27, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Amanda: gracias x estas recetas que facilitan el quehacer de la casa.

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    September 18, 2017 at 10:46 am

    My sister in law made this a few weeks ago and send me the recipe ! Thank you so much to make this twist to the fabulous meatloaf! Is delicious ??

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    March 23, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Looks delicious can’t wait to try it?

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    August 15, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Looks yummy and so easy. Thanks for posting the recipe.

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    October 21, 2020 at 5:53 am

    A keeper. I like to add Italian sausage or Linguisa and black olives.

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    November 13, 2021 at 7:07 am

    Minced meat. That’s the term I grew up with…had to indoctrinate myself to American terminologies. Which is To Be expected and okay. Loved the recipe.???. I used “minced” turkey so had to use more bread crumbs to make it firmer..

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      September 17, 2022 at 8:36 am

      Was it good with the turkey? Any suggestions for spices?

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