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 brand 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! Which makes it perfect for those busy weeknights. And it’s a bit smaller than most meatloaves, so it cooks a little faster, too.
Two things of note:
1. The recipe calls for ground chuck. Since this cooks for a while, we want a little extra fat in the meat so we don’t end up with a dry meatloaf.
2. Now, check out this nifty little can of tomatoes. It’s got the green pepper and onion right in it. How awesome is this?? They did the work for you! This is why it’s “quick and easy” meatloaf! Now sometimes I can only find it with pepper, onion, and celery, but that works just as well and doesn’t taste like celery at all.
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.
Quick and Easy Meatloaf
- 1 pound ground chuck
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 large egg
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with onion, green pepper, and celery, drained
- 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
- Combine ground beef, soy sauce, salt, pepper, egg, tomatoes, and oats and mix to combine, but be cautious about overmixing.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan or dish (Yep, no loaf pan here!) and form into a loaf in the center of the dish.
- Mix ketchup, mustard and brown sugar together for topping.
- Spread topping over loaf.
- Bake for 45 mins to 1 hour or until cooked through. The center should read 160°F when using an instant read thermometer. Allow to rest for about 10 minutes then slice and serve.
If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.