Meatloaf is a classic American comfort food enjoyed by many. Not only is it super tasty, but it’s packed with protein and can be served alongside many side dishes. But did you know other ways to use meatloaf in your meals?
If you have leftover meatloaf on hand, you’ve come to the right place. I love finding new ways to use common foods!
I’ve compiled a list of recipes that use different forms of meatloaf so you can refreshingly serve your leftovers.
Here is a super quick and convenient recipe that is perfect for dinner. Layer your leftover meatloaf in a baking dish, then heat it in the oven until it is warm. Pile on mashed potatoes, cheese, and bacon.
Cover and cook in the oven for 10 minutes, allowing enough time for the cheese to melt. When it comes out, garnish with chives. I typically serve this with some gravy on the side; it’s delicious!
Your children will devour this meal! Begin by cooking onions, carrots, and crumbled meatloaf in a skillet. Add the sauces and seasonings, allowing it to simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the peas and sour cream, then transfer it to a baking dish. Cover it with a thick layer of mashed potatoes, sprinkle with cheese and bake for about a half-hour. I love garnishing this dish with chopped scallions and parsley.
We all know how well mac and cheese pairs with beef! That’s why this recipe is so darn delicious. Since you already have meatloaf on hand, heat it up.
Meanwhile, make your mac and cheese sauce with butter, milk, cheese, and seasonings.
When the meatloaf is hot, smother it in barbecue sauce before piling on the macaroni and cheese. Bake it in the oven for 15 minutes to complete it. I suggest serving this with garlic green beans or asparagus as a side dish!
My favorite part about this dish is all the different textures that are in it. The bottom layer is made up of leftover meatloaf smothered in sauce.
Next, a layer of Tater Tots covers the meat, followed by shredded cheese. Bake the casserole until it is bubbling, and the Tater Tots are cooked. I served this with sauteed corn on the side, which was ultra-flavorful!
Since your meatloaf is already made, you’re ahead of schedule with this recipe! Heat your meatloaf and put it on your bread with a piece of cheese and a homemade sauce.
For the sauce, mix apple cider vinegar, hot sauce, and apple butter to make a sweet and spicy flavor. Smother it on your sandwich, then grill the bread until it is lightly golden. I typically serve this alongside a side salad; that’s all it needs!
I recommend building this sandwich on Texas toast or brioche bread; you won’t regret it! Saute your meatloaf sauce to heat it, then make your sandwich by adding the meatloaf, cheese, and dressing to the bread.
The sauce consists of brown sugar, ketchup, and apple cider vinegar; feel free to put as much or little as you want. I love putting this sandwich under the broiler to melt the sauce and make the top crispy.
The name of this sandwich sells itself! Who could pass up such a tasty dish? To begin, caramelize the onions in a skillet and toast your ciabatta buns.
Place your meatloaf, onions, and cranberry-honey mustard puree on the sandwich, filling it as packed as you want. Serve the sandwich warm. I suggest reserving some of the cranberry sauce on the side for dipping! You won’t regret it.
Here is a sandwich that will remind you of a meatball sub; how yummy! Skip over the first few steps since you already have your meatloaf on hand.
This will be easy because all that’s left is heating the meat, then building the sandwich rolls with meatloaf, marinara sauce, and cheese. Toast the rolls in the oven to melt the cheese! A personal tip would be to put Parmesan cheese on it in addition to the mozzarella.
If you love grilled cheese, you will love this unique take on it. You can use any bread, but I prefer sourdough for this recipe.
Assemble the sandwich with your mayonnaise, meatloaf, and a couple of cheese slices. (Swiss is my go-to for this recipe) Toast the sandwich to your liking, and you’re all done! This recipe is great served alongside some onion rings.
This recipe is unforgettable; it will likely become a staple in your household! Assemble the sandwich by stacking leftover meatloaf, salsa, onions, peppers, and cheese.
You can garnish the burger with cilantro and even put some tortilla chips inside your burger if you’re feeling brave! I love to dip this sandwich in tomatillo sauce and serve it with sauteed corn and peppers.
This sandwich is exquisite because it has more than just cheese! You will build it as a grilled cheese sandwich, adding your leftover meatloaf, but it also gets a layer of special fry sauce! Yum.
The sauce can be made by mixing ketchup, mayonnaise, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Grill the sandwich until it is perfectly toasty, then enjoy! My favorite way to serve this is with a mixed green salad!
Yes, you read that right! What an exciting combination! You can replace the ground beef in this recipe with your leftover meatloaf crumbles. Saute your onions and peppers in a pan, then add tomatoes, pumpkin puree, and beans.
Add the remaining ingredients and cook on low for an hour. To complete the chili, garnish with shredded cheese and sour cream. My kids typically ask me to make cheddar cornbread for this as well! It goes great together.
We love a sweet and spicy chili in this house, and I’m sure your family will love this recipe too. Cook your onions and garlic until aromatic, then add beans, tomatoes, jalapenos, corn, and seasonings.
Simmer all the ingredients together for 45 minutes, add the meatloaf last, and cook for 15 minutes. I recently served this at a neighborhood cookout, and we completely ran out of it!
Here is another recipe that can be easily adjusted to replace your leftover meatloaf! Just crumble it up first. Next, add the tomatoes, followed by the broth and seasonings.
Cook the soup until it reaches a consistent simmer, then add the remaining ingredients. It will be done once the macaroni noodles are cooked! I suggest serving this with a veggie panini on the side; it’s scrumptious.
This is a perfect hearty soup when you need to make dinner in less than an hour. Start by cooking the onions, garlic, celery, and carrots until the onions are transparent.
Add the broth, seasonings, meatloaf, tomatoes, and remaining ingredients. Cook the soup until the pasta is fully cooked. To serve, put grated parmesan on top. I love dipping garlic bread in this soup; it’s heavenly!
This dish is packed with all sorts of tasty ingredients! For prep, cook pasta and vegetables, then mix them with cheese and seasonings. In a baking dish, layer your leftover meat, tomato, beans, corn, etc.
Sprinkle with more cheese and bake it until the cheese is perfectly browned. I served this with a Caesar salad on the side; I highly recommend it!
Incorporating your meatloaf into spaghetti sauce is such a time-saver. Add the crumbled meat to a jar of tomato sauce to make it even quicker.
Cook your pasta accordingly. When I served it, I tossed the pasta in with the sauce until it was evenly coated, then I tossed some parmesan and red pepper flakes on top!
Once you try this sauce, you will never go back! For prep, cook your pasta and set it aside. To make the sauce: cook basil, tomatoes, sugar, and vinegar until it has thickened.
Add in your lentils and meatloaf until the mixture is hot and bubbly. Serve the sauce on a bed of noodles. To make it any better, you can do what I did and load on the cheese and additional herbs such as parsley and basil to elevate the flavors.
Who doesn’t love one-pot meals? They’re my favorite! To make this dish, cook the vegetables until soft, and then add your leftover meat and marinara sauce.
Throw some tomato paste in the pot, add the pasta, and allow it to cook. Let sit for 10 minutes to thicken and enjoy. My kids typically enjoy this when it’s served with French bread and sauteed veggies on the side!
Since you already have leftover meatloaf, this recipe will be a breeze. Crumble your meatloaf, then set it aside. Cook your pasta and sauté your vegetables.
Add your meat into the pan, followed by herbs. Toss the pasta in to complete the dish and serve it with cheese on top! I love using a few different kinds of cheese at once rather than just one. It makes it so exquisite!
This dish is nothing short of amazing! Your meatloaf will get mixed in with pasta, cheese, garlic, beans, and chilies.
Make your cheese sauce with yogurt, butter, milk, cheese, and seasonings. Once the pasta is cooked, fold everything together and bake it for 15 minutes. The recipe suggests garnishing with cilantro, which is so fitting! I love drizzling some salsa on it too.
Hamburger helper is such a comforting dish, and here is a way that you can make it from scratch while utilizing leftovers! Make a cheese sauce in one pan while heating your meatloaf in another with ketchup, tomato paste, and garlic.
Combine the cooked pasta, cheese sauce, and meat mixture! It’s as easy as that. Since this dish is pretty filling, I typically serve it with a side salad.
Once you try this recipe, you will never return to the boxed hamburger helper again. Add your meat, pasta, seasonings, and broth to a pot.
Simmer until the pasta is mostly cooked, then add in your cheese to make it creamy. I love how simple this recipe is to make! I garnished it with fresh herbs and ground peppercorns when I served it.
I can promise your kids will love this recipe as much as mine. To begin, cook your pasta in one pot while making your sauce in another.
For the sauce, simmer tomato paste, garlic, onion, and Worcestershire for 10 minutes. Add in your leftover meat, followed by the pasta, and lastly, the cheese. My favorite way to serve this is alongside sauteed spinach.
The sauce in this dish is so velvety, making having seconds hard to resist. Start by cooking the onions, garlic, mushrooms, and leftover meatloaf crumbles.
Make the sauce out of cheddar, Gouda, cream cheese, and mozzarella, combining it with your cooked pasta and meat mixture. Top with fresh parsley. I served this with caramelized carrots, and it was divine.
Lucky for you, meatloaf can be crumbled and replaced with ground beef in these recipes! For this one, use pizza dough and stretch it out before adding a yummy filling full of meat, mushrooms, cheese, and onions.
Fold the dough over the filling, and bake it for at least 10 minutes, allowing the crust to become golden. I love dipping this in marinara sauce; it is to die for!
This stromboli recipe is unbeatable! Start by rolling out your pizza dough. Cook all your filling ingredients in a pan, including meats, garlic, red peppers, seasonings, and basil.
Place your filling over the dough, then roll the dough over the filling, and close the edges. Brush the dough with egg wash and cut slits before baking it in the oven. Once baked, slice and enjoy! Although it’s a bit untraditional, my kids love to dip this in ranch!
This recipe is excellent for people who love baking because you can make your dough rather than store-bought! The dough contains water, yeast, salt, flour, and olive oil.
Once your dough is ready, make your filling. Put your crumbled meatloaf, mozzarella cheese, and pizza sauce in the filling. Fold the edges over and bake for 30 minutes. Serve with a sauce of your liking! I like sprinkling parmesan on it too.
This stromboli recipe is insanely easy to make and so flavorful! Roll out your pizza dough and spread a layer of marinara sauce on it. Top with meatloaf, pepperoni, mozzarella, basil, and more.
Fold the edges over, and egg wash the dough before cutting slits into the top. Bake for 30 minutes! I love cutting this into appetizer-size portions and serving it at family gatherings! It is always a huge hit.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Revive Dry Meatloaf?
If your meatloaf has gone dry, don’t worry! You can quickly moisten it by heating it in a sauce or cooking it in a pan with some butter. It should be nice and soft after that!
Can I Reheat Leftover Meatloaf Twice?
Although you can, heating up and cooling the meat multiple times isn’t recommended, and it will likely result in quality loss. The best thing to do is only heat the amount you know you will use!
Can I Freeze Leftover Meatloaf?
Absolutely! To prevent it from drying out, I recommend waiting for it to cool and then tightly wrapping it before putting it in the freezer.
Now that you’ve seen all the recipes I’ve provided, I hope you are inspired to try one of these dishes next time you have leftover meatloaf. You can never go wrong with a good meatloaf sandwich, but other options stand out for their unique characteristics.
Remember, once your meatloaf has been cooked, it’s best recommended to eat it within 3-4 days. So don’t waste any more time; go ahead and get cooking!
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