My mom was a fantastic cook and I was not far from the kitchen when a meatloaf (or anything else for that matter) was in the oven. After I got married her recipe came with me! Over the years, I changed it up a bit and am sharing my recipe with you so you can enjoy it, too.

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef (I use 90/10 ground round or chuck)

1 medium green pepper chopped

1 cup onion chopped

1 large egg beaten

3/4 cup quick cook oats

1 Tblsp Worcestershire sauce

1 small can of tomato paste (reserve 1/2 of can for sauce below)

1/3 cup water

1 Tblsp brown sugar

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Grease or spray coat a baking dish or loaf pan.

In a large mixing bowl added ground beef, green pepper, onion, egg, oats, Worcestershire sauce, water, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. image of mixing meatloaf for Mom's meatloaf post

Using hands, mix until well incorporated, do not overmix. Pat into the shape needed for the baking dish or pan. Place loaf in the pan so that it does not touch the sides of the pan by allowing about 1/2″ space around sides of meatloaf and pans edge. Place in the dish uncovered in the oven.

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Cook for 45 mins and check. Then cover the top of the meatloaf with the sauce (below) and return to oven until it has finished baking –  approximately 15 more mins. Remove from oven. Drain off fat. Allow cooked meatloaf time to rest for about 10 minutes prior to serving.

Serves 6 – 8, depending on your appetite and number of sides served.

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Meatloaf sauce:

The remainder of canned tomato paste used in meatloaf

1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard

1 Tblsp brown sugar

dash of hot sauce (can omit if desired)

Water – 1 Tbsp, more or less

Place all ingredients in a bowl.  Add water to the ingredients, a little at a time, and stir until the mixture becomes the consistency of ketchup. Spread across the top of the meatloaf. Return to oven and cook until done.

Note: Mom’s original recipe called for ketchup. If you wish you may substitute 1/2 cup ketchup in the meatloaf in place of the tomato paste, water, and brown sugar. And you may also substitute ketchup on top of the meatloaf in the place of the homemade sauce.