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American Pate aka Meatloaf Recipe

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite recipes. This is a meatloaf that has tiny pasta shells scattered through it. The shells make the pattern like the bits of liver or pistachio nuts you normally find in a French pate. I do not eat anything with liver in it, perhaps that is why I am not a fan of pate. If you cant find the small pasta shells, you could use any small granular shaped pasta such as tubetti. It is a perfect dish to take on a picnic and slice as is, or eat as a sandwich. Also I find that if you make your meatloaf freeform instead of in a loaf pan, you get a firmer texture for slicing and lots of that outer crispy and delicious crust.

American Pate aka Meatloaf


  • 4 ounces small pasta shells;
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil;
  • 1 medium yellow onion minced;
  • 1/2 cup minced bell pepper minced;
  • 2 garlic cloves minced;
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce;
  • 2 teaspoons salt;
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper;
  • 1 lb ground beef;
  • 1/2 pound ground pork;
  • 3 tablespoons milk;
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs;
  • 1 egg.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees, then in a medium saucepan bring salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions. You want the pasta to be al dente, which means to the tooth. That is just a fancy Italian term for just done. Drain and set aside.

Put the onions, bell pepper and garlic in a saute pan and cook on medium until onions are carmelised and peppers are soft. Allow this mixure to cool for 10-15 minutes. Put this mixture in a large bowl and add barbecue sauce, salt, pepper, beef, pork, milk, breadcrumbs, eggs and pasta shells. Mix well. Form the meat mixtue into an oval loaf.

Bake for 1 1/2 hours, serve hot or cold.

Samantha Parker
Samantha Parker
Samantha is a mother of two kids, so is well-versed in the best toys for kids and household goods. She has acquired two master's degrees and many hours of doctoral work. She enjoys writing, painting, teaching, and research. Samantha has an encyclopedic knowledge of cooking food, and is always looking for chances to expand on that. When she's not working, she likes playing video games, watching old movies, and keeping up with pop culture.


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