Air-Fried Mini Italian Meatloaves Stuffed with Cheese

Forget the long bake time needed for a classic lasagna and use your air fryer to make these mini meat loaves. These smaller cheese-stuffed loaves "fry" in just 15 minutes.

Mini Italian Meatloaves Stuffed with Cheese on white rectangular platter with small round dish of chopped basil in foreground
Photo: Brie Passano
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • cup milk

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoon purchased basil pesto

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef

  • cup Italian seasoned fine dry bread crumbs

  • 8 slices pepperoni

  • 2 ounce fresh mozzarella pearls (such as BelGioioso)

  • ½ cup marinara sauce, warmed

  • Chopped fresh basil (optional)

  • Grated Parmesan (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl combine first 5 ingredients (through pepper). Add ground beef and bread crumbs. Combine, being careful not to overmix.

  2. Divide meat mixture into four portions. Press a well into each portion, leaving 1/2-inch border around the edge. Place 2 slices of pepperoni in each well, shingling to cover the length of the well. Top each with about 6 mozzarella pearls. Press meat mixture around the filling to enclose. Shape each portion into an oblong loaf shape.

  3. Place loaves in basket of air fryer, in batches. Cook at 370°F for about 15 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest portion of meat reaches 165°F. Serve topped with warm marinara sauce, fresh basil and Parmesan, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

372 Calories
21g Fat
11g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 372
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 601.4mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 197.8mg 15%
Iron 3.7mg 21%
Potassium 578mg 12%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 33.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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