Meatloaf Casserole

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Don’t waste your leftover meatloaf! Turn it into this quick and easy meatloaf casserole recipe instead, with delicious layers of pasta, ricotta and mozzarella cheese, and meatloaf sauce.

Close-up of ladle filled with meatloaf casserole.

Today’s meatloaf casserole recipe is a delicious use for leftover meatloaf. Most folks I know just recycle it into meatloaf sandwiches but I’m a casserole person myself. This is a casserole my husband and I really enjoy with leftover sloppy joe meat, so I decided to give it a go with meatloaf and meatloaf sauce instead. It was every bit as good as we hoped it would be and then some.

Very much like a meatloaf lasagna, ingredients include pasta, a delicious blend of ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese (because you can never have too much cheese), crumbled meatloaf, and sauce. An interesting and delicious twist that is sure to please.

Together with those simple ingredients, there are only a few simple steps to follow to make your meatloaf casserole. Once we cook our pasta, all that’s left to do is layer our casserole. We do layers of cheese, meatloaf sauce, and leftover meatloaf. Then it’s time to bake and in 30 minutes your meatloaf casserole is ready. This quick and easy recipe is great for a weeknight supper when you’re craving some good ol’ comfort food.

Labeled ingredients for meatloaf casserole.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Small shell pasta
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Meatloaf sauce
  • Crumbled leftover meatloaf

How to Make Meatloaf Casserole

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Cook and drain your pasta according to the package directions.

Place cooked pasta in baking dish.

Place in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.

Combine both types of cheese in a mixing bowl.

Combine both types of cheese in a large bowl and stir until they’re combined.

Spread half of the cheese over the pasta.

Spread half of your cheese mixture over your pasta in the casserole dish.

Top cheese with half the can of sauce.

Top that with half the can of meatloaf sauce.

Spread sauce.

Spread it a little to make it go over the whole top.

Add crumbled meatloaf next.

Top that with all of your crumbled meatloaf mixture. Yum!

(My meatloaf was straight from the fridge, in case anyone is wondering).

Add remaining cheese.

Top that with the rest of your cheese mixture.

Spread remaining sauce on top.

Spread the remaining tomato sauce over it.

Meatloaf casserole ready for the oven.

Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Ladle removing a portion of meatloaf casserole from baking dish.

There you have it. Your meatloaf casserole is ready in no time at all (told ya it was easy peasy).

Portion of meatloaf casserole on plate.

Hand a good serving of this out and watch your husband’s eyes bug out of his head!


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheat in the microwave. You can also freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating in the microwave.

Recipe Notes

  • You can make your own meatloaf sauce or use my favorite seasoned tomato sauce from Hunt’s. You’ll need about two cups or so either way you go. To make homemade meatloaf sauce, you’ll need ketchup, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper.
  • Another idea is to make what they call a cowboy meatloaf casserole or a loaded potato meatloaf casserole. Your topping would be either homemade mashed potato or instant mashed potato. To go with the loaded potato theme, top your mashed potatoes with bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese, and fried onions. You could substitute the other cheese mixture and just use the cheddar cheese if you like. Mashed potato meatloaf casserole… it does sound good, right?

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Sloppy Joes Casserole

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Meatloaf casserole

Meatloaf Casserole

Turn your leftover meatloaf into this quick and easy meatloaf casserole recipe, with delicious layers of pasta, ricotta and mozzarella cheese, and meatloaf sauce.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole, meatloaf
Servings: 6


  • 2-4 cups crumbled leftover meatloaf
  • 1 can meatloaf sauce or 2 cups homemade meatloaf sauce
  • 2 cups uncooked small shell pasta
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Place in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
    2 cups uncooked small shell pasta
  • In a medium bowl, stir together both types of cheese until well combined.
    2 cups ricotta cheese, 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • Top pasta in the casserole dish with half of the cheese mixture. Spread half the meatloaf sauce over the top. Top with the crumbled meatloaf mixture. Add remaining cheese and top with remaining sauce, spreading to cover the top.
    1 can meatloaf sauce, 2-4 cups crumbled leftover meatloaf
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
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  1. Meatloaf always brings back fond memories of Mom’s cooking for me. I actually love a meatloaf sandwich too. A casserole is a great idea for leftovers, I will have to try.

    Thanks for sharing, your blog does feel like family as others have remarked.

    – Denise

  2. Not sure if you’ll see this, Christy, but I wanted to thank you for answering my question about number of servings for your recipes! It’s such a huge help — now I know I can either cut the amounts in half, or make the recipe as is and get leftovers to eat later or freeze.

    Thanks again!! 🙂

    Diane in PA

  3. OH my! I am going to have to make a meatloaf just so I can try this sounds delicious! Once again you have managed to produce another winner! Thanks for all you do here to keep us happy and well fed!

  4. Sorry I am posting so late Christy, but I had surgery, and am having a time getting around.
    I think this recipe sounds delicious. But I have one problem, I never have any left over meat loaf. If I make it there is nothing like a cold meat loaf sandwish with mustard the next day. Was wondering if I could just cook down a bit of ground beef and still make this. I think meat loaf is the only thing that we never have left overs with.
    Oh, wanted also to tell you that I am making bows for my Granddaughters. Yipee, Grandma is so smart. lol

  5. Christy- I love you and all of your stories. You definately have a way with words! And this recipe looks wonderful, just like all of the others you have shared with us. I agree with everything that you said, it really touched my heart.

  6. Christy, I cannot thank you enough, as your post came through during the afternoon of one of the worst days I had experienced in quite a while. As I read, it was as if you were speaking directly to me, and I cannot begin to tell you how blessed I was to receive your message on that day. And the recipe–as they always do–sounds so scrumptious…will be trying it very soon! Many thanks & hugs to you!

  7. I never knew how to make meatloaf, one of hubby’s all time favorite meals, so when I found Hunt’s meatloaf sauce on the grocery shelf all those many years ago I decided to give it a try. To this day he claims I make the world’s greatest meatloaf. (He’ll never know just how simple it really is!) My husband is going to love us both so much when I tell him where this recipe came from. You are the greatest! 🙂

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