Nothing says cozy homey goodness like my homestyle meatloaf. The moment the weather turns a bit chilly, it’s like a switch goes on and I’m immediately ready for those warm and homey type of meals.
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° 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.
Allow the meatloaf to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before transferring it to a cutting board or serving platter.
Then slice 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 homestyle meatloaf ever. *sigh*
Because my friends, it so is.
Enjoy! And if you give this Homestyle Meatloaf recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!
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