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Easy Meatloaf

This easy recipe for flavorful meatloaf is made with ground beef and topped off with a super simple tangy sauce. The leftovers are perfect for making a sandwich! Meatloaf is a classic, and this recipe is delicious served with roasted asparagus and mashed potatoes.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Keyword: easy meatloaf, meatloaf recipe

Ingredients

Meatloaf Ingredients

  • 5 slices sandwich bread
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 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 meatloaf.
  • 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 160 degrees Fahrenheit.