Best Ever Meatloaf

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hrs 45 mins
  • Servings: 6
  • Ingredients

  • 2eggs
  • 2/3 cupmilk
  • 3slicesbread, torn into pieces
  • 1/2 cuponion, chopped
  • 1/2 cupcarrot, grated
  • 1cup cheddar cheese, shredded (4 ounces) or 1cupmozzarella cheese
  • 1tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped or 1teaspoondried parsley
  • 1teaspoonsalt
  • 1teaspoon basil (optional) or 1teaspoon thyme (optional) or 1teaspoonsage(optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoonpepper
  • 1 1/2 lbslean beef, ground
  • TOPPING

  • 1/2 cupbrown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cuptomato sauce
  • 1teaspoonmustard
  • Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat eggs.
  • Add milk and bread; let stand a few minutes or until the bread absorbs the liquid.
  • Stir in the onion, carrot, cheese, herbs and seasonings.
  • Add beef; mix well.
  • In a shallow baking pan, shape beef mixture into a 7 1/2 inches x 3 1/2-in. x 2 1/2-in. loaf.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine topping ingredients. Spoon some of the topping over meat loaf.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes longer or until no pink remains,occasionally spooning some of the remaining topping over loaf.
  • Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  • Reviews

  • “My Wife and helper, with 60 years cooking experiance, added a glove of crushed garlic, used a teaspoon of both thyme and basil, changed the topping to 1/4 cup brown sugar and (1) cup of tomato sauce. Absolutly the best meatloaf I have ever tasted and my wife will replace her old tried a true recipe with this one. GREAT! ..Jim”

  • “this was some stunning meatloaf. i omitted the cheese from this recipe, but it still came out flavorful, moist and yummy.”

  • “Great recipe….thanks”

  • “This is the meatloaf Mom used to make, so moist and delicious.thanks for posting”

  • “my family Love it and thing is my hubby really doesnt care for meatloaf until i made this recipe and now this is the only one he will eat”

  • “I made this recipe last night and we enjoyed it very much.I was leary about the carrots in this but you couldn’t taste them, they blended in with the flavor.I doubled this recipe and put two loaves in my big pan….worked perfectly.I served this with mac and cheese and baked beans.Now, I can’t wait for lunch today to have meatloaf sandwiches….yummy.Thank you for sharing.”

  • “This was yummy! I used fresh basil and mozzarella, and halved the brown sugar. It really is perfectly moist. Mine stuck to the bottom of the pan though, I think I will grease it next time!”

  • “Oh Yeah! This is the only meatloaf I make b/c it is the best! I have since exchanged the beef for ground turkey and gotten rid of the added salt. For the sauce I use 1/4c brown suger, 1 cup of salt-free tomato sauce, and add about 3-4tsp of mustard. Comes out perfect everytime!”

  • “Sorry but this came out a soggy mess, followed the directions to the tee!What did I do wrong??”

  • “This was pretty good meatloaf. I will be making it again in the future. I used 1/2 ground turkey and 1/2 ground beef chuck. I used a 5 ounce can of skimmed evaporated milk to substitute for the milk. I used sage in mine. I bake my meatloaf on a rimmed cookie sheet on top of a couple slices of bread to absorb grease. Meatloaf which bakes in a puddle of grease is just not very tasty. I will use only a 1/4 cup of brown sugar for the topping next time. I had to bake it for about 15 minutes longer than what the recipe called for. I used a meat thermometer to be sure it is done. Overall, it was a pretty good meatloaf and the leftovers made great sandwiches.”

  • “Yum. I “healthied” it up by changing to ground turkey and using oatmeal instead of the bread. But the topping and the carrots bring out a sweetness. Makes the house smell great.”

  • “The meatloaf was moist and flavourful, it was a hit with the whole family.The topping was fantastic as well.I’ll definitely be using this recipe again.”

  • “I actually thought this meatloaf was tasteless and dry.I changed the topping to have ketchup instead of tomato sauce.The topping was great.Don’t know what I did wrong that everyone else loved it.”

  • “I have never been able to make a good meatloaf, until now. Wow this is a great recipe.I did add a clove of garlic(everything need garlic) I think the key is using lean beef.Great jop B&B Adams. I will pass this on to all my friends Thanks again”

  • “I made this for my very picky bf and he absolutely loved it…including the sauce.Next time I think I would add a little more salt but it was very moist.Thanks!”

  • “A good basic meatloaf. I had to use 4 slices bread because 3 slices didn’t absorb enough liquid. I seasoned with 1 teaspoon basil and thyme. I cooked this in a loafpan and the cooking time was just right. The meatloaf was moist and held together when sliced. The sauce is sweet and I only used about a quarter of it because a little goes a long way. Thanks.”

  • “This was a very good meatloaf recipe. I, too, found the sauce a bit sweet, but it was perfect for meatloaf sandwiches the next day. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe.”

  • “My husband is a big meatloaf fan…so I am always trying new recipes. I have tried many and I am sorry to say that this is not the “best ever” in my book. It was just okay. I agree with another one of the comments made…that it needed to stay in the oven longer than stated. The inside was pink when I took it out of the oven at the directed time. I had to put it back in the oven for additional time. The carrots were on the crunchy side, even though they were grated. I also thought it had a strong onion taste. Probably a 1/4 cup of onions would have been fine. The sauce was overly sweet. Sorry…I would have to say Paula Deen’s Cheeseburger Meatloaf and sauce still remains the “best ever” meatloaf. “

  • “I have been making this meatloaf for my family for about a year now.It is, by far, their favorite meatloaf, and there is never any leftovers.My boys actually request meatloaf for dinner now (as long as it is this recipe).Thanks for sharing!”

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