Italian Meatloaf

2 1/2 pounds ground beef

4 slices bacon (leave raw and chop into pieces - partially freeze first, to make chopping it easier)

1 1/2 cups Italian bread crumbs

1 cup tomato sauce

1 cup diced, seeded tomato

1 cup diced green peppers

1 cup diced onions

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

2 eggs

1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 tsp beef bouillon granules

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp tried basil leaves

1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves


Topping

1/2 - 1 cup ketchup



Spray a meatloaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, except for the ketchup and mix until combined. Press the meat into the loaf pan and cover with the ketchup. Cover with foil and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 40 - 60 minutes, or until cooked all the way through and top is nicely browned.