Quick and Easy Meatloaf

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Meatloaf has to be one of my favorite comfort foods.  There’s just something about a good ol’ meatloaf that warms the soul.  Not to mention the fact that it’s also my favorite leftover.  A big slab of meatloaf sandwiched between some gummy white bread slathered with Duke’s mayo… YUM!  It doesn’t get much better.  And it’s worth mentioning that I’m not a gravy-with-your-meatloaf kinda guy either.  Tomatoes all the way.  And even better… ketchup!  (I could go on here all day about my obsession with ketchup – and I do mean ketchup, not catsup – and the fact that in my house there will only ever be one kind of ketchup, but I won’t.)

Here’s my take on a super simple meatloaf that is just about as easy as it is good.  No chopping here!  Two things of note: 1. The recipe calls for ground beef, but you’ll see two kinds of meat in the pictures.  In my local supermarket that sell a “meatloaf mix” that is part ground beef part ground pork.  That’ll work great to; it’s up to you.  2. Check out this nifty little can of tomatoes.  How awesome is this??  They did the work for you! This is why it’s “quick and easy” meatloaf!

Test it out and come back and comment below and let me know what you think.  I always WELCOME your suggestions and comments.  Also, have fun with it and let me know what you do to make it your own.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can of diced tomatoes with onion, green pepper, and celery, drained
  • 1/2 cup of quick cooking oats

Sauce

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine ground beef, soy sauce, salt, pepper, egg, tomatoes, and oats and mix well. 
  3. Pour into an ungreased 9X13 baking dish (Yep, no loaf pan here!) and form into a loaf.
  4. Mix ketchup, mustard and brown sugar together for topping.  ( I didn’t have any brown sugar, so I made my own.)
  5. Spread topping over loaf.
  6. Bake for 1 hour.

Quick and Easy Meatloaf
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (14.5-ounce)can of diced tomatoes with onion, green pepper, and celery, drained
  • ½ cup of quick cooking oats
Sauce
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • 1½ tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine ground beef, soy sauce, salt, pepper, egg, tomatoes, and oats and mix well.
  3. Pour into an ungreased 9X13 baking dish (Yep, no loaf pan here!) and form into a loaf.
  4. Mix ketchup, mustard and brown sugar together for topping.
  5. Spread topping over loaf.
  6. Bake for 1 hour.

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Comments

  1. this sounds so good, the engineer is saying whoa on the tomatoes but sometimes you just need to create things behind closed kitchen doors and present them with no extra info. this will be my secret creation this week

  2. My family is the same way! Sometimes you just have to pull the wool over their eyes. My folks usually never notice!

  3. I hate celery but tried it anyway could not even tell.
    It was very good and easy.

  4. Can you make this in the slow cooker

  5. My meatloaf liquid is usually worcestershire sauce but I’ll have to give soy sauce a try! :)

  6. Weldaleen Satterwhite says:

    Are you sure the canned tomatoes are in an 8 oz. can? It looks like the 14.5 size to me. I don’t think diced tomatoes come in the 8 oz. Do you drain or use juice and all? Please advise.

  7. Rickey Steinke says:

    WoW Stacey,

    What a wealth of information. Thank you so much for your blog. I’ve recently found I get a kick out of cooking for my family and friends. So finding great recipes on your site is such a hoot. Thank you.

  8. David Giles says:

    I’ve been working on my meatloaf recipe for several years and you are one of the only other people that uses oatmeal as the bread component. Although mine does double the number of meats to four – beef, pork, lamb and bacon. Usually I’ll cook mine in either a 9″ cast iron skillet or 9″ cake pan. I saute the onions and bell peppers before adding them to meat mixture along with roasted garlic cloves and a couple of eggs. The inside of the skillet is wrapped in bacon then the meatloaf is ‘plopped’ inside with more bacon on top. Will cook 350 degrees for 35 minutes, pour of grease, cook another 35 minutes, pour of grease and then spread apply a thin layer of ketchup on top and bake for another 30 minutes or until internal temp is 160F. Good hot or cold.

  9. I’m going to make this, Nana’s mac ‘n cheese (with hoop cheese!) and fried corn tonight. I can hardly wait! Thanks so much!

  10. SA Matthews says:

    Regular Soy Sauce has gluten (Wheat) in it. May I suggest Tamari? It is gluten free for those of you that can’t eat wheat. Thanks.

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