The moment the weather turns a bit chilly, I’m immediately ready for those warm and homey type of meals. And nothing says cozy homey-ness like meatloaf.
There are so many different recipes out there in the world but this one is my standard, my go-to, our family’s all-time favorite, meatloaf recipe.
My friend Amanda gave me her recipe a long time ago and I’ve used this one and only this one for years. I think the reason why I love it so much is because it’s so simple, yet an instant classic and is utterly delicious. It takes only minutes to throw together and when it’s baking, it will fill your home with a mouth watering, soul-warming aroma.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and lightly oil a foiled-lined, rimmed baking sheet.
Finely mince up half of a yellow onion, about 1/2 cup.
Smash, peel and finely mince two garlic cloves.
Add the ground beef into a large bowl along with the onions and garlic.
Add in the cup of Italian seasoned breadcrumbs…
…and 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and a heaping 1/4 teaspoon dried basil.
Pour in 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce. (I make my own Worcestershire sauce, so that’s why it may look different)
1/4 cup ketchup…
…1 whole egg, lightly beaten.
Make sure your hands are super duper clean so you can mix all of those ingredients- by hand. Keep going until you have a giant well mixed ball of meat.
It may feel gross at first but actually it’s very therapeutic… and especially if you’re particularly frustrated. Let’s just say “for example” the dog just chewed up your favorite pair of wool socks… well you can take all that anger and rage out on the meat mixture! That’s what I do anyways, and let me tell you… IT WORKS .
In the end, all you want is it all to be mixed well and seasoned throughout.
Transfer the mixture to prepared baking sheet…
Then I form the mixture into a loaf like shape and slide it onto the middle rack of my preheated 375 degree oven to bake for 20 minutes.
When those 20 minutes are up…
Add about two-thirds of the reserved 1/3 cup of ketchup and use a pastry or basting brush to smear it all over the top and sides of the meatloaf. Make sure to get it into any nooks and crannies.
TIP: for a sweeter glaze I’ll stir in a little brown sugar to taste. 😉
This is what your loaf will look like after 20 minutes (40 minutes total).
Slather on the remaining ketchup and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
I allow the meatloaf to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before transferring it to a cutting board or serving platter…
… and slicing it into thick pieces.
This is the part on those cooking shows where they sink their fork in and take a hot steamy bite. And then you’d see their eyes close, and they would go on and on about how it is moist, flavorful and simply the best meatloaf ever. *sigh*
Because my friends it so is.
I think the reason why I love it so much is because it's so simple, yet an instant classic and is utterly delicious. It takes only minutes to throw together and when it's baking, it will fill your home with a mouth watering, soul-warming aroma.
Yield: 4-6 servings, depending
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes plus 10 to 15 minutes rest time
1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
1/2 a medium yellow onion, finely minced
2 cloves of fresh garlic, finely minced
1 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
3/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/4 teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Dried Basil
1/3 cup of Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup Ketchup, plus an additional 1/3 cup for brushing on top
1 whole Egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly oil a foil-lined sheet pan.
Add all ingredients above to a large bowl and mix by hand until combined and well mixed. On your prepared pan, free-form the meatloaf mixture into a loaf shape.
Bake for 20 minutes, remove and brush with 2/3 of the ketchup before returning the meatloaf to the oven and baking for another 20 minutes.
Remove, brush with more ketchup and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
Slice and serve.