Easy Meatloaf

Easy Meatloaf
Staff Writer
Easy Meatloaf
Allison Beck

Easy Meatloaf

What is more comforting on a cool winter night than roasted fingerling potatoes and rosemary with a nice big slice of meatloaf? Not much.

This easy and utterly delicious recipe is inspired by a recipe of my grandmother's. While she grates her onions, so you can't detect the texture, I instead opted to sauté a finely diced onion and then combine it with fresh herbs for a new twist. 

You could cheat and top the meatloaf with ketchup, like many "easy" meatloaf recipes suggest, but the cloyingly sweet topping is nowhere near as delicious as a homemade topping.

Serve with those crisp-roasted potatoes and some roasted broccoli. Comfort food at its finest!

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6
Servings
254
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound ground beef
  • 1/3 Cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped fine
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 bunch Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • One 8-ounce can pureed tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar

Directions

Combine the ground beef and breadcrumbs in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil and add the onions. Sauté until translucent over high heat, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add to beef. Season with salt and parsley. Mix well.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In the same sauté pan, combine the tomatoes, vinegar, mustard, and sugar. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.

Press meat mixture into a loaf pan. Top with ½ cup sauce. Place in oven and bake 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, baste with the juices and add ½ cup more sauce. Continue cooking for another 10 minutes and baste again. Cook for about 10 minutes longer. Remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes. Cut into slices and serve with an additional spoonful of sauce.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
18g
26%
Saturated Fat
9g
38%
Cholesterol
67mg
22%
Carbohydrate, by difference
2g
2%
Protein
20g
43%
Vitamin A, RAE
14µg
2%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
9µg
10%
Calcium, Ca
14mg
1%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
14µg
4%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
20mg
6%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
171mg
24%
Selenium, Se
12µg
22%
Sodium, Na
130mg
9%
Water
53g
2%
Zinc, Zn
5mg
63%

Easy Meatloaf Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Easy Meatloaf Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.