My New Go-To Meatloaf

Lately, my hubby has been asking for more casseroles and one-dish-wonders. I’m all for easy dinners but sometimes casseroles just end up being too much food for two people. Who wants to eat leftovers for lunch and dinner for five straight days?! Not this girl.

I recently came across this Barefoot Contessa meatloaf recipe and while most of her dishes tend to be a bit too complex for this on-the-go, at-home cook, I was surprised to find that this was not only simple but also husband approved. I tweaked her recipe slightly and it turned out beautifully. Here’s what you need.


– 2 lbs of ground beef
– 3 cups of chopped yellow onions
– Olive oil
– Basil
– Oregano
– Salt
– Pepper
– Worcestershire sauce
– Chicken stock
– Tomato paste (or ketchup)
– 2 eggs
– Breadcrumbs

Heat your oven to 350. While the oven warms up, heat a teaspoon or two of olive oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot, drop in your chopped onions and seasonings–1 teaspoon of basil, 1 teaspoon of oregano, and 2 teaspoons of salt and pepper. Let the spices and onions hang out for about 10 minutes on low to medium heat, stirring occasionally.

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Once the onions are sauteed, set them aside to cool slightly. Add 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1/3 of a cup of chicken stock and a tablespoon of tomato paste. I didn’t have tomato paste on hand; so instead, I used a squeeze of ketchup, which works just fine since all you’re doing is thickening up the sauce.

In a mixing bowl, add the onions (and all of the sauce) to the ground beef. Add your 2 eggs and a cup of breadcrumbs. Stir together and place the mixture in a loaf pan. If you don’t have a loaf pan, simply form into a loaf on a baking sheet. Ina Garten suggests not compacting the beef into the pan but I have to admit that it was a bit too airy for me. Next time, I will compact it more to keep it from falling apart when served.

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Cover the top of the loaf with some ketchup then bake for 60-70 minutes. Cut and serve!

Sadly, I didn’t take a photo of the finished product… we were too hungry to wait! But this is definitely my go-to meatloaf recipe from now on. The herbs, onions and sauce leave the meatloaf moist and delicious. It’s perfect for leftovers and great for the fall and winter months where belly-warming dishes are a must. And I promise, your whole family will love it! Enjoy.