Basic Meatloaf

Meatloaf made right is comfort food at it’s best.  My mother made her meatloaf with fresh crumbled up bread.  I have always used either old fashioned oats or bread crumbs.  Whichever method you choose, your family will love your meatloaf.

A meatloaf sandwich makes a convenient lunchbox treat.


Basic Meatloaf

meatloaf in a pan

Serve this tasty meatloaf with mashed potatoes. When you feel the need for comfort food, meatloaf does the trick.

  • Author: Cheryl
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1  medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of  dried basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of  dried marjoram leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce or catsup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of  fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking rolled oats or 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat, and add onion, garlic, basil, marjoram, salt, and pepper.  Stir and cook the mixture until the onions are softened-about 3 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, beat egg, stir in onion mixture, chili sauce or catsup, Worcestershire sauce, and parsley.
  4. Crumble beef into the bowl and add in the rolled oats or bread crumbs.  Gently mix until evenly combined.
  5. Press the meatloaf mixture lightly into a 9″ x 5″ inch loaf pan.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until a meat thermometer inserted in the center of the loaf registers 170 degrees F.
  7. Let stand for 5 minutes.  Drain pan juices, turn out onto a plate and cut into thick slices.


Drizzle either ketchup/brown sugar or BBQ sauce on top of the meatloaf before it bakes for a tasty bite.

Variation:  Use only 1 pound of ground beef and add 1/2 pound mild Italian Sweet Sausage.

Keywords: meatloaf, ground beef, comfort food

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