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Mom's Classic Meatloaf

Mom's Classic Meatloaf

So tender and melt in your mouth! This classic meatloaf recipe lends an extra layer of flavor by sautéing the onions and celery with the herbs. My family loves this so much that I ALWAYS make a double batch to use the leftovers for meatloaf sandwiches. 
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Gluten Free Meatloaf, Meatloaf Recipe with Oatmeal, Meatloaf Recipe wtih Ketchup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 433kcal
Author Heather


For the Meatloaf

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 med brown onion *diced, about 2 cups
  • 2-3 celery stalks *diced, about 2 cups
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1 1/3 lb lean ground beef * 1 1/2 lbs works well also
  • 4 cloves garlic *minced or crushed, about 2 tbsp
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats *use gluten-free to make gluten-free version
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce *use gluten-free to make gluten-free version
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste

For the Topping

  • 1/4 cup Ketchup *set aside until just ready to bake


  • Place a medium sized skillet over med/high heat. Add oil and diced onion. Sauté until sweating, about 3-4 mins. Add diced celery and continue sautéing until celery starts to become tender, about 5 mins. 
    Add herbs the last 2 mins of sautéing. This step helps to release the oils in the herbs, making them fragrant and helping to marry the flavors. 
    Once sautéing is completed place onion/celery mixture into large mixing bowl and let cool to a mild warmth. This will take about 5-7 mins.
  • Preheat oven to 350℉. Line a large sided cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 
  • Add remaining ingredients to large mixing bowl with the exception of 1/4 cup ketchup for topping.
    With clean hands mix until evenly combined. Form into a log and place on cookie with parchment paper.
    Evenly spread remaining ketchup over top of form meatloaf and bake for 45- 50 mins. 
  • Tastes wonderful with a garden salad, Baked Potatoes and Best Ever Biscuits


Please use as many organic ingredients as possible.


Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 512mg | Potassium: 908mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 291IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 6mg