Old-fashioned Meatloaf - A.K.A Basic Meatloaf

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Old-fashioned Meatloaf - A.K.A Basic Meatloaf Old-fashioned Meatloaf - A.K.A Basic Meatloaf

Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

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1 lb ground beef
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1   egg, lightly beaten
8 ounces canned diced tomatoes (without juice)
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats

1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard





Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Mix all meat loaf ingredients well and place in a baking dish. Shape into a loaf.

Mix ingredients for topping and spread on loaf. Bake for 1 hour.

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I was looking for a different meatloaf recipe when I decided to look on Paula Deen's website. Well, this was the best ever meatloaf I have made. I followed the recipe as written. Everyone enjoyed it. Yum! Thanks wink

By Michael on April 03, 2014


I'm so glad your back.

By shirley mcmullen on February 16, 2014


I love this meatloaf...however, I was wondering what the fat content should be for the ground beef? First few times I made this it came out nice and juicy. Tonight it came out very dry. Not sure what happened. Thanks for a great recipe!

By Elks on February 03, 2014


miss you. love your recepies

By janice schulte on February 01, 2014


Hav e not tried your meatloaf yet...However mine is in the oven now....And I use Chilli Sauce instead of ketchup. And I soak bread in milk and I use shredded cheddar cheese in mine lots of seasonings and it is pretty darn tasty!!! Been cooking for 50 years Finally got it down pat!!!!!

By Anonymous on January 28, 2014


Best meatloaf ever! My grandsons tell their friends-"My gramma makes the best meatloaf ." And I take the compliment as my own! Paula-wish I'd of made your wonderful meatloaf years ago, so my husband could of bragged like that! My measurements were all wrong! The simple topping is superb!

By margy brown on January 25, 2014





Absolutely delicious. First time for using a topping with ketchup, mustard and brown sugar. Very flavorful. Thanks Paula Deen

By Diana Traicoff on January 24, 2014


Made this last night EXACTLY as written and it was WONDERFUL! My husband and I both loved it and could not eat all that we would like to have. So very easy to make. Best I have ever in 35 years. I did NOT and would NOT change anything.

By Paula M. on January 22, 2014


Love the meatloaf.When I fix it it don't last long.

By Dorothy Eakins on January 22, 2014


Question: bake covered or uncovered? We are snowed in today and decided to make my favorite meal. First time with your meatloaf recipe; can't wait! Like others have said here when I wanted a new recipe the only place I thought to go was to Paula Deen! Admire the lady and love her recipes!

By Karen Caples on January 06, 2014


This meatloaf is wonderful!!!! Everyone I've made it for LOVED it!!! And wanted more!!! I definitely recommend this!!!

By Robyn on January 05, 2014


My husband loved this meatloaf best I ever made. Love you Paula

By Nita on January 03, 2014


Your meatloaf recipe has become my all time favorite. I tried for 45 + years to make a great meatloaf. Failed every time. It always came out too dry, too this and too that. The is a perfect meatloaf every single time. You are the best Paula. Many thanks. Hope you and the family will be blessed this coming new year. Many thanks, Hazel

By Hazel Law on January 03, 2014


Love all your recipes...keep right on a cookin...support you 100%.

By Sue Mott on January 01, 2014


Just put this meatloaf in the oven, added some yellow and red peppers, veg. Seasoning. My daughter is allergic to soy, tree nuts and peanuts.... I love recipes that have wholesome ingredients, not a lot of processed foods. Thank you Paula!! All the best to you and yours🎅

By Kelly Belair on December 13, 2013


I have made this a couple of time and the DH loves it. I make it gluten free by changing to GF oats. Making it again tonight smile

By Bridget Powell on December 08, 2013


I made ur old fashion meat loaf and my family loved it.

By edna johnson on December 07, 2013


Putting it all together now. Can't wait to try it out later. Simple yet sounds so yummy! Love you Paula! Keep on cooking!

By Marianne S. on November 10, 2013


Miss your show. My husband and I watched it every afternoon. Hang in there girl and God Bless you. Making your meatloaf for our homeless in the park tomorrow. They will think they died and went to heaven.

By Marilyn on October 23, 2013

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