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Classic Meatloaf

Make this Classic Meatloaf for dinner and serve it with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable.  A hearty and delicious supper!

Meatloaf gets such a bad rap!  It’s one of those things that you aren’t supposed to like for some reason, but we love meatloaf.  Like my daughter says, it’s really just a big yummy meatball!  Mmmmm…she’s so right!  Meatloaf is an easy meal for a weeknight because it’s quick to make, you can make it ahead of time, and it’s delicious!  So if you don’t have one already, this is a great recipe.  It’s meaty, hearty and so great drenched in the sweet and sour sauce!  Yum.


Meatloaf Recipe Tips!

  • Meatloaf is great served with mashed potatoes and peas or green beans.
  • If you don’t want to use oats in your meatloaf, you can use bread crumbs instead.
  • Use half of the sauce to bake with the meatloaf, and use the other half for serving.

Classic Meatloaf

Make this Classic Meatloaf for dinner and serve it with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable.  A hearty and delicious supper!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 - 8 servings 1x




  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • salt & pepper

Sauce (See Notes)

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 1/21 cup brown sugar (I use 1/2 cup)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make your sauce first by combining all the ingredients and mixing well. I use a hand blender to do this. Set aside.
  3. Combine beef, onion, milk, egg, oats, salt & pepper.
  4. Press the meat mixture down into a loaf pan, then make a well down the centre of the loaf. To do this, just run a table knife lengthwise down the centre of the loaf, making about a 1/4 x 1/4 inch indent.
  5. Pour about 1/2 of the sauce into the well, and coating the top of the loaf a bit. Save the other half of the sauce for when you serve the meatloaf.
  6. At this point, you can put the meatloaf into the fridge until you are ready to bake it that evening.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Drain. And put onto a serving plate.
  8. Drizzle on the remaining sauce when serving the meatloaf.


This recipe makes a lot of sauce, so use half for the baking, and half for serving with the finished meatloaf.

Keywords: meatloaf

Recipe from The Joy of Cooking
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  • Reply
    Tonya Diehl
    September 4, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    This sounds delicious! You are right, meatloaf totally gets a bad rap, but it’s one of my husband’s favorites! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Ali Richardson
    September 4, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    I’m one of those non-meatloaf lovers :/ My mom just never made it for us growing up (and I’ll even admit that I don’t really like meatballs either…too meaty lol). My husband, however, loves it and all things meaty (Lol). I may have to give it a try 🙂

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    September 4, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Mmm thanks for posting! This looks like a hearty meal, perfect for a cozy night at home 🙂 Cant wait to try! xo

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    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma
    September 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    MAKING this asap–I will use almond meal in place of the oats! Pinned!

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    Jessica Anderson
    September 4, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Looks good, I always use half beef, half pork for the meat.

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    September 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Looks delish, now I know what to have for supper tonight … love the new look but I have to say I still miss “one glue gun burn at a time” 🙂

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    The Passionate Home
    September 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Thank you! I am not much of a cook as my husband does most of the cooking but with his new job, I will be looking for ideas! I am making this tonight but with turkey! Hope the kids like it! Thanks again!

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    September 5, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    My husband LOVES meatloaf but I have never tried to make it. If I were to cook it in individual muffin pan servings so I could freeze for Lon lunches how long should I cook for? Should I adjust the temp too? Sorry I am totally a home cooking newbie.

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      A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
      September 5, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      Hi! Funny you should ask that – I debated whether or not to make this recipe in my little pans too! I saw on a recipe on for mini loaf pan meatloaves, and the suggestion was to arrange the tins in one large pan for baking, and then to bake for 45 minutes. I would start there and just watch them to see if they are done. Hope that helps?

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    The Quiet Mom
    September 10, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Oh that looks super scrumptious. Maybe we’ll have that for dinner on Monday:)

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