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Entire meatloaf on platter set on a bed of parsley

Meatloaf with ground beef, onion and tomato sauce

  • Author: Nancy Blackstone
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hr 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This hearty meatloaf is packed with old fashioned flavor that's hard to resist. The best thing about making meatloaf is having it on sandwiches the next day!



1-1/2 pounds ground beef

8 oz can tomato sauce

1 egg

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped

12 saltine crackers, crushed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1. Put all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, mix together until fully combined.

2. Form into the shape of a loaf, and place on a roasting pan that allows drainage.

3. When done baking, remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing. 


Modern Twist: Use ground turkey in place of ground beef for a modern meatloaf meal

If you like, spread ketchup over top of the meatloaf before baking

Cooking this on a roasting or broiling rack with drainage will make for a leaner and more evenly cooked meatloaf.

The original recipe calls for ground chuck; I use 1/2 lb. of ground chuck (80-85% lean) and a pound of leaner ground beef to lower the overall fat without losing the taste.

Meatloaf leftovers make excellent sandwiches!

Keywords: 1950's meatloaf, 1960's meatloaf, midcentury meatloaf