The BEST Skinny Bacon Topped Italian-Style Meatloaf

Wait until you taste this yummy meatloaf!  It’s a perfect texture (moist, not crumbly), and baking it with strips of bacon creates a dreamy delicious flavor! Each serving has only 170 calories and 5 grams of fat. If you’re tired of making the classic meatloaf, give this new one a try!
The BEST Skinny Bacon Topped Italian-Style Meatloaf

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Makes 6 servings. Each serving 2 slices.

Shopping Tips
There are many healthier bacon choices these days. They’re uncured with no nitrates. I like Oscar Mayer Select Natural.  Most supermarkets carry it. Another I like is Applegate Farms Natural Sunday Bacon. Many supermarkets carry this brand. I bought it at Vons/Safeway and Whole Foods. Here’s the link to their website:

WW Freestyle SmartPoints
WW SmartPoints 4-Green
WW Points Plus 4
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
170 calories, 5g fat, 2g sat fat, 66mg chol, 20g prot, 10g carbs, 1g fiber, 382mg sod, 4g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
147 calories, 2g sat. fat, 18g protein, 3g sugar


The BEST Skinny Bacon Topped Italian-Style Meatloaf

The BEST Skinny Bacon Topped Italian-Style Meatloaf

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 170 kcal


Ingredients for Meatloaf:

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef (I use Trader Joe’s (96%) lean or extra lean grass feed beef)
  • 1 cup jarred pasta sauce, I used Classico tomato basil
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup onions, diced
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Ingredients for Topping:

  • ½ cup jarred pasta sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 strips of bacon, see shopping tips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine beef, 1 cup pasta sauce, bread crumbs, onions, egg, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Mix well until completely combined.
  • Place meatloaf mixture in center of the baking pan and by hand, shape into a 12 x 4-inch loaf. Spread remaining ½ cup pasta sauce over top of the meatloaf. Evenly sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese and line 3 stripes of bacon on top. 
  • Bake for 1 hour. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut the loaf into 12 slices.


Serving: 2slicesCalories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 20gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 382mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gBlue Smart Points: 4Green Smart Points: 4Plus Points: 4
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