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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My name is Amanda and I am passionate about simple, quick and affordable recipes that anyone can make. I have a facebook page called ‘Simple home cook’ where I share my recipes which will get you through your busy week that won’t break your budget. Please head over and check out my FB pages Simple home cook and ALDI home cook.

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Amanda started on this journey when her 3rd child was born, and feeding a family of 5 became even more of a challenge with three children under 3 1/2 years of age! She started working on a list of recipes that were simple and affordable that she could make ahead of time so she wasn’t stuck in the kitchen at 5pm when the household duties kicked up a notch. Amanda’s goal is to create simple meals that anyone can cook and enjoy without spending hours in the kitchen. Her recipes are perfect for that busy weeknight dinner, snacks to fill the lunch boxes or for students learning to cook. It’s simple home cooking at its best to free up your time to enjoy the fun things in life — your kids! Check out her cookbooks at and her Simple Home Cook Facebook page here:

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  1. Nancy Walker says

    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/?

    • Tam Campbell says

      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.

  2. James says

    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.

  3. Sandy says

    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.

  4. Mary says

    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.

  5. Robin says

    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.

  6. irma says

    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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