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Homemade TV Dinner with Cacio e Pepe Turkey Meatloaf

  • SERVES: 8
  • PREP: 30 minutes
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 45 minutes

Like the TV dinners from your childhood—with a few twists and upgrades.

If you, like us, are big fans of the C&P flavor profile—cacio e pepe, or cheese and pepper—then you'll love this meatloaf. We've taken the flavors of the classic Italian pasta and packed 'em into a super flavorful, not-at-all-dry turkey meatloaf and a velvety sauce to reinforce that C&P goodness. It's the star of our homemade TV dinner, a grown-upgraded version of the frozen meals you may have had as a kid. Pair it with a starch of your choice (like buttery mashed potatoes), smoky and savory roasted broccoli, and warm glazed apples that taste like apple pie filling.

For the meatloaf: 

  • ​​3

    whole peeled garlic cloves

  • 1

    medium onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1

    (10-ounce) package white mushrooms, stems removed 

  • 1

    cup lightly packed parsley leaves

  • ½

    small jalapeño pepper, seeded

  • 2

    tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ½

    teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 ¼

    teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 1

    cup panko

  • 2

    pounds ground turkey (a mix of light and dark meat)

  • 1 ¼ cups finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 2

    eggs, beaten

  • ½

    cup frozen peas, defrosted, drained, and patted dry

For the Cacio e Pepe sauce:

  • 2

    tablespoons butter

  • 2

    tablespoons olive oil

  • 2

    cloves finely minced garlic

  • 2

    tablespoons flour

  • 1 ½

    cups whole milk

  • 1

    teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1

    teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

  • 1

    cup finely shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

 For the roasted broccoli:

  • ¼

    cup olive oil

  • 3

    cloves minced garlic

  • 1

    teaspoon smoked paprika or Cravings' Chili-Garlic seasoning

  • ½

    teaspoon fish sauce

  • ¼

    teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1

    large bunch broccoli, trimmed and separated into florets

For the warm glazed apples:

  • 1 ½

    cups water 

  • 3

    tablespoons cornstarch

  • 4

    medium-sized tart apples (1 ½ pounds), such as Pink Lady, peeled, cored, and chopped  

  • cup dark brown sugar 

  • ¼

    cup white sugar 

  • ½

    teaspoon ground cinnamon 

  • ¼

    teaspoon ground nutmeg 

  • 2

    tablespoons butter 

  • 1 ½

    tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 ½

    teaspoons vanilla 

  • ½

    teaspoon kosher salt

For the assembled TV dinner:

  • 1

    slice Cacio e Pepe Turkey Meatloaf

  • 1

    portion of roasted broccoli or vegetable of your choice

  • 1

    serving starch of your choice, such as mashed potatoes

  • 1

    serving warm glazed apples or dessert of your choice

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