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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

Description

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!


Ingredients

Scale

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


Instructions

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. 


Notes

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