Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

Meat Loaf Dinner
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  • 75 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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This classic recipe for meatloaf is an old-fashioned favorite, made with ground beef or a mixture of beef and pork, oats, and seasonings. Serve this everyday family meatloaf with mashed potatoes and corn or peas for a perfect everyday meal.

What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup oats, quick or old-fashioned
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce or ketchup, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Dash freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons water or milk

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Chop the celery into 1/4-inch dice. Peel the onion and chop it finely.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped celery and onion; cook, stirring, until the vegetables are tender, about 7 to 9 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, oats, 1/4 cup of the chili sauce or ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, beaten egg, celery and onion mixture, and the water or milk. In a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan, shape meat mixture into a 9-by-5-inch loaf.
  1. Bake the meatloaf in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Spread the ketchup over the top and bake for about 10 to 15 minutes longer.
  2. Let the meatloaf stand for 10 minutes. Using 2 spatulas, carefully move meatloaf to a serving plate and slice.

Tips and Variations

  • Double this recipe and make two loaves, one for dinner and one for the future. Wrap one in foil and put it in a zip-close freezer bag. 
  • Instead of all ground beef, use half ground beef and half ground pork.
  • If you grind your own meat, grind it coarsely. Your meatloaf will be moister and more tender.
  • Add 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese or 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.
  • After spreading ketchup over the top of the loaf, arrange 4 to 5 slices of cheese on the loaf. Return the meatloaf to the oven to bake for about 10 to 15 minutes longer.
  • You might also like this basic meatloaf with barbecue sauce, or try this bacon-wrapped meatloaf. For something a little different, try these meatloaf muffins or meatloaf sliders.