This easy recipe for flavorful meatloaf is made with ground beef and topped off with a super simple sauce. The leftovers are perfect for making a sandwich! Meatloaf is a classic, and this recipe is delicious.
What is it about meatloaf that gives it such a bad reputation sometimes? I personally think it’s the “loaf” portion of the name, but who am I to say? At any rate, meatloaf is a classic recipe that people have been making and enjoying for a long time, so I thought I’d finally share my go-to favorite meatloaf recipe with you. It is a pretty basic meatloaf recipe, with a simple sauce that requires minimal effort yet it is flavorful, and moist! The leftovers work perfectly for meatloaf sandwiches.
I like to sauté some onions and garlic to add a depth of flavor to my meatloaf. I also like to soak some bread slices in milk, and then combine it into the meat mixture. It really helps prevent the meatloaf from drying out, and who likes dried out meatloaf?Oh, and when you’re mixing your meatloaf, just wash your hands and dig in. It is too difficult to use a spoon to get everything mixed together!
The sauce is pretty basic and consists of ketchup, a little brown sugar, and yellow mustard. I tend to buy a lot of generic items from the grocery store, but I am brand loyal to several items, one of them being ketchup. Heinz ketchup in my book, tastes much better than any other brand, especially the generic options and does make a difference when you’re making a sauce that consists almost entirely of the stuff.
You will want to use a meat thermometer to make sure your meatloaf is cooked through. When your meatloaf reaches 160F, you’ll know it’s done. And don’t forget to use those leftovers for a saucy meatloaf sandwich…. enjoy!
- 5 slices sandwich bread
- 1 cup milk
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Pre-heat your oven to 350F.
- Place bread slices in a large bowl. Cover with milk and allow to soak.
- In a large skillet melt 1 tablespoon butter. Cook onions until tender. Add in garlic and cook a minute or two longer. Remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread mixture, onion mixture, salt, black pepper and fresh parsley. Add in 2 eggs, slightly beaten. Stir in 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce. Mix until everything is well combined. I like to use clean hands for this job, it is much easier than trying to use a large spoon.
- Prepare a rimmed baking sheet by covering it with parchment paper.
- Pour the meat mixture onto the prepared pan and use your hands to shape it into a loaf.
- In a small bowl combine the sauce ingredients: 1 cup ketchup with 1/4 cup brown sugar and 3 tablespoons mustard. Pour half the sauce over the meat loaf.
- Bake for 40 minutes, then top with remaining sauce and continue baking for another 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the meatloaf reaches 160F.