My Mother’s Meatloaf


Everyone remembers meatloaf night. It’s the ultimate in comfort food and also makes the best sandwiches the next day. my mom serves her meatloaf with a tomato sauce, mashed potatoes and frozen baby peas. it’s the absolute best version around! Compliments of mom, home cooking doesn’t get better than this dish.

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour


  • 3 slices of bread soaked in 1/2 cup milk (any kind)
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 pounds meatloaf mix (a combination of ground veal, ground pork, and ground beef)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup ketchup and 1/4 as topping
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Sauté onion and garlic for 4 minutes in pan on low heat. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Both should soften then let cool.
  3. In a small bowl, combine milk and bread so bread soaks up milk then squeeze out milk as you would ring out a sponge and discard the milk.
  4. In a medium bowl, add slightly beaten egg, meat, cooled onion/garlic mixture, bread, breadcrumbs, cheeses, and 3/4 cup ketchup until blended together. Use your hands. Don’t over mix.
  5. Place meatloaf mixture on a baking sheet lined with foil and shape meat into the shape of a loaf of bread.
  6. Spread the remaining ketchup on top of meatloaf with fingers.
  7. Take plastic wrap and cover, leaving no air between the wrap and meatloaf. Then cover with foil.
  8. Bake in oven 45 – 60 minutes.
  9. Serve warm.


Do not overwork the meat mixture because it could become tough. You can also make smaller individual loaves and freeze them. Leftover meatloaf makes a great sandwich.



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Influenced by my passion for cooking and entertaining, I wrote TASTOSTERONE: The Best Cookbook for Men to provide men with a road map of supplies, tips and recipes for navigating around the kitchen. Guys... get cooking!

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