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Sliced Classic Meatloaf on an oval white platter with parsley and a denim napkin.

Classic Meatloaf Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings


For the meatloaf:  

  • 2 pounds ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 3/4 cup minced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt more or less, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper more or less, to taste

For the sauce:

  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (or aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray).
  • Combine meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl just until combined (do not over-mix).  Shape into a loaf (approximately 9 inches in length and 2-1/2 inches height) on prepared baking sheet.
  • Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl.  Pour 1/2 of sauce into a separate bowl (for brushing meatloaf when it comes out of the oven).
  • Brush meatloaf with 1/2 of sauce.  Bake for 1 hour, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.
  • Remove from oven and brush (using a clean brush) with remaining 1/2 of sauce.  Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.