Aunt Peggy’s Meatloaf

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Aunt Peggy’s Meatloaf Aunt Peggy’s Meatloaf Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

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1 pound lean ground beef
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1/2 cup chopped Vidalia onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard





Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, tomato paste, onions, green pepper, oats, egg, salt, and pepper. Shape the mixture into a loaf and place it in a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan.

In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard. Slather the glaze on top of the meat loaf and bake until the meat loaf is firm and cooked all the way through, about 1 hour. Serve hot.

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I love this recipe! It is tasty, moist, stick to your ribs-soul food!

By Nicole Kithcart on April 03, 2014


AWFUL!! Falls apart when putting it on your plate. This recipe is lacking something. By Karen Reynolds on Nov. 12, 2013

By Anonymous on November 12, 2013


Paula, God bless you. Why don't you start your own cooking magazine. It's funny how some people can get away with things and others can't. I don't think they treated you fairly and hope you fight back. your in my prayers god bless you Chaplain Ron

By Chaplain Ron Andrews on August 16, 2013


I've made this many times and passed it on to other family members. It's the best meatloaf I've ever had or made in my 61 years! It's always moist and tasty. It's a favorite for dinner and we could eat it 7 times a week. Also makes a great meatloaf sandwich the next day.....IF there's any left!

By Susan Ludlam on August 01, 2013



By Linda Stephens on July 30, 2013


I've been making this recipe for years! It's the very best meatloaf recipe out there...simple, moist and delish! It makes great leftover meatloaf sandwiches the next day too. I've also used ground turkey when I'm in a healthy mood!

By Carrie on July 30, 2013


can i put yellow muster i dont like Dijon mustard and can i take out the bell pepper i dont like it cooked ...and mrs deen i love you and your family and sure hope to see you back on tv love and hugs from my family to yours

By karen cook on July 30, 2013


Always a favorite! Easy to use variations, such as breadcrumbs instead of oatmeal or add fresh tomatoes and vegetables.

By Anonymous on May 21, 2013


Meat loaf is great and easy

By Linda Porter on April 26, 2013


Aunt Peggy's meal loaf is awful. too much tomato paste. We couldn't eat it so mixed it with rice and cheese the next day and then it was edible.

By Pat Rosenbaum on March 26, 2013


I've made this receipe several times and love it. Just have one question though. Is there any way to get a nutrional count on it?

By amy on January 03, 2013


Made this tonight for dinner it was amazing will def make it again I did change one thing I did not use oats I replaced that with white rice smile

By Anonymous on October 21, 2012


I made this recipe for the first time last night and absolutely love the flavor. The only problem I had was, after removing it from the pan and letting it rest, it fell apart when I tried to slice it. When eating it right away it isn't that big of a deal. However, I love cold meatloaf sandwiches for lunch. Even cold it fell apart. Is there anything I can do to help bind it together a bit more? An extra egg perhaps?

By Mary Reseigh on September 14, 2012


I had been making my mom's meatloaf for decades until I found this. It is moist, flavorable, and delicious. I'm making it again tonight.

By Margaret on July 17, 2012


This meatloaf stuck together like glue. It needed more fillers. I used really lean meat to make it more healthy but it just had no taste. Normally, I love Paula's recipes but not this one.

By Beverly Loveless on June 20, 2012


Normally, I love Paula's recipes but Aunt Peggy's was the worst meatloaf I ever made. My favorite and which I normally make is the old fashioned meatloaf.

By Beverly on June 20, 2012


Just copied down your Choc. sour cream lb. cake. Thank you! Was dismayed at media reaction when your diabetes was made known; any mama knows the recipes that start with "one lb. butter" are not for everyday, but are for special occasions and are served, hopefully, in less-than-large helpings. Love your web site, your recipes, and your lovely Southern ways and manners. Your "Company's Comin' " recipes are usually do-able, taste great and look pretty. Thanks from all of us who needed that bit of inspiration. OldPolly

By Polly Gettys on April 26, 2012


This was terrible. I've been cooking Paula's receipes for years, but this one is no good. No taste and the oats were tough. You can do better Paula.

By Jim Porterfield on March 09, 2012


Delicious and moist. I substituted pan sausage for half of the ground beef, at my husband's request. Really good!

By Anonymous on February 22, 2012


My family loves meatloaf, but I have always had to make 2 separate meatloaves because my son has autism and could not have the breadcrumbs that I would normally put in it. When I saw you using the oats I was so happy I could finally make one meatloaf for the whole family to enjoy and they all love it!

By Marie on November 04, 2011

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