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Italian Spinach Meatloaf

1/3 c. olive oil
1 lg. onion
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. crushed hot red pepper
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach (pkg. thawed, squeeze out water)
2 lb. ground lean beef
1 lb. Italian style sweet sausage
3/4 c. fine dry bread crumbs
3 eggs, beaten
1/3 c. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1-1/2 tsp. salt

In skillet, heat olive oil over high heat. Add onion, garlic, basil, oregano, thyme, hot red pepper. Reduce heat to low and cook covered until onion is tender, about 20 minutes. Add spinach stirring to break up spinach for 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl combine beef and sausage. Stir in spinach mixture, bread crumbs, eggs, Parmesan cheese and salt; mix well. Form meat into large round meatloaf and bake for about 1 1/2 hours. You may serve with warmed tomato sauce on the side.


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