Meatloaf Mummy recipe

How to make Annabel Karmel's meatloaf mummy - a hearty and healthy Halloween meal for all the family



  • Olive oil 1 tbsp, plus extra for greasing
  • Red onions 2, finely chopped
  • Garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • Tomato ketchup 200ml, 7 floz
  • Soft light brown sugar 2 tbsp
  • Honey 2 tbsp, or maple syrup
  • Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp
  • Orange juice 4 tbsp
  • Fresh white breadcrumbs 85g, 2 slices, crusts removed
  • Fresh thyme 1 tsp, 1/4 tsp dried
  • Grated carrot 1 small
  • Apple 1/2, peeled, cored and grated
  • Lean miced beef 450g, (1lb)
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Paparadelle 150g
  • Mozzarella 1 ball
  • Black olive 1


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4/Fan 160. Lightly grease a baking sheet.

  • Step 2

    Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and sauté the onion for 6-8 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then transfer half of the onion to a bowl and leave to cool. Add the ketchup, sugar, honey, Worcestershire sauce and orange juice to the saucepan.

  • Step 3

    Add the breadcrumbs to the remaining onion and stir, then add the rest of the ingredients and 3 tbsp of the sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon into an 8” / 20 cm shallow round ovenproof dish. Level the top and bake for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, pour over the sauce and bake for another 10 minutes.

  • Step 4

    While the meatloaf is cooking, boil the pasta in boiling water, according to the packet instructions. Drain and toss in a little olive oil.

  • Step 5

    Arrange the pasta over the meatloaf in lines to make a mummy effect. Slice two round slices of mozzarella and place two halved black olives for eyes on top and place within the pasta.

  • Step 6

    Bake the meatloaf for another 30 minutes then brush with some of the sauce. Bake for a further 10 minutes then brush again and bake for 5 more minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 10 minutes.

  • Step 7

    Meanwhile heat the remaining sauce until boiling, and bubble for 1 minute. Serve the meatloaf in slices with the BBQ sauce.

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