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Good meatloaf is about as comforting as comfort food gets. Thankfully, meatloaf doesn't have to be complex to be good. It just needs to be tender (from breadcrumbs soaked in milk and gentle handling) and flavorful (from onion, garlic, and ketchup).

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Ingredients     Meat & Poultry     Beef Recipes     Ground Beef Recipes

Time 1h10m

Number Of Ingredients 9


  • 3 slices white sandwich bread
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 medium onion, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Place bread in food processor; pulse until fine crumbs form. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in milk. Set aside, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine beef, pork, onion, garlic, egg, 1/4 cup ketchup, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add bread-milk mixture, and mix very gently with a fork (do not overmix).
  • Place meat mixture on prepared baking sheet, and form into a loaf about 9 inches long and 4 to 5 inches wide.
  • Bake, brushing twice with remaining 1/4 cup ketchup during baking, until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees, 45 to 55 minutes. Let meatloaf rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 464 g, Fat 33 g, Protein 29 g



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My family enjoyed the slightly spicy taste of this meatloaf. This recipe, submitted by a local DJ, was in our local paper.

Provided by Rosemary Chapman

Categories     One Dish Meal

Time 1h40m

Yield 1 Meatloaf, 4-6 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 12


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup cracker crumb
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar


  • Preheat oven 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, cracker crumbs, salt, pepper, egg, onion and tomato sauce.
  • Mix lightly.
  • Shape into a loaf and place in a baking dish.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, water, mustard and vinegar.
  • Brush the loaf with this mixture.
  • Place meat loaf in oven and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes, basting occasionally with sauce.



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Make an easy meatloaf when you need to feed the family midweek. Serve slices with homemade tomato sauce and use any leftovers as sandwich filling

Provided by Lulu Grimes

Categories     Dinner, Main course

Time 40m

Number Of Ingredients 14


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 egg
  • 85g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 500ml passata with basil
  • peas and mash, to serve (optional)


  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the onion, cook for 4-5 mins over a low heat, then stir in the garlic. Leave to cool completely.
  • To make the tomato sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the onion, carrot and celery for 3-4 mins, then add the garlic and cook for a minute. Add the passata and bring to a simmer, then season and cook for 5 mins.
  • Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Mix the cooled onion with the tomato purée, mince, egg and breadcrumbs, and season. Line a 900g loaf tin with a liner or baking parchment and pack in the meatloaf mixture. Cook for 20-25 mins or until a skewer poked into the centre feels roasting hot when pulled out. Leave to rest for 10 mins before lifting out of the tin.
  • Serve slices of the meatloaf with some tomato sauce spooned over. Wrap any remaining meatloaf and use it as a sandwich filling for a lunchbox. Can be frozen for up to a month.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 463 calories, Fat 26 grams fat, SaturatedFat 10 grams saturated fat, Carbohydrate 25 grams carbohydrates, Sugar 9 grams sugar, Fiber 3 grams fiber, Protein 31 grams protein, Sodium 0.5 milligram of sodium

Top Asked Questions

  1. Which is the best meatloaf recipe to make?
    The best easy comfort food recipe you can make using ground beef and a tasty sticky sauce on top is Granny's Classic Meatloaf. This is the ultimate easy-to-make dinner that your entire family will enjoy. If you're wondering what to cook for dinner tonight, you can't go wrong with a Classic Meatloaf.
  2. What kind of mashed potatoes to serve with meatloaf?
    Serve with some Super Creamy Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes or Better Than Costco Mac and Cheese, and you have one heck of a meal! This traditional American meatloaf recipe uses a lot of the same ingredients as most meatloaf recipes do, but the way you might use them could be different. Let's take a look!
  3. What to serve with meatloaf instead of veal?
    Serve mashed potatoes and peas alongside slices of meatloaf for this meal that's reminiscent of the frozen classic. We opted for an all-beef meatloaf rather than the traditional mix of beef, veal and pork because we wanted that satisfying big beef flavor. Milk adds richness and tenderizes the meat, preventing it from getting tough or dry.
  4. What kind of herbs to add to a meatloaf?
    Large pieces of onion mixed into a meatloaf mixture will make it difficult for the meatloaf to hold its shape. Finely chopped onions will mix better into the meat, creating better flavor and a prettier loaf. Herbs I like to add two different herbs to my meatloaf: Sage and Dill. It might seem like an unlikely combination but stick with me here.

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