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Old Fashioned Moist Meatloaf

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Old Fashioned Meatloaf 1Do you have a hankering for GREAT old fashioned meatloaf?   Well, here you have it!  

This meatloaf is moist, tender, meaty, lean,  full of flavor and just plain comfort food.  The topping is a huge bonus for a perfect finish.  A bit of surprise of hhhmmm, what’s that in there, with a whole lot of yumminess slathered on top.  When it’s baked on top it caramelizes and is incredible.  Seriously, this is fabulous and perfect for a night in, or to impress your company.  Give it a try! Click through to the next page for the recipe.

Moist Old Fashioned Meatloaf


1   1/2 lbs. lean hamburger (80%-90% is best)

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 bell pepper, chopped

1 – 2 Tbl. chopped garlic, to taste

2 Tbl. butter

1 egg

2/3 cup milk

1/3 cup grated carrot (makes the meatloaf incredibly moist)

2/3 cup dried Italian bread crumbs

1 Tbl. worchestershire sauce

1 Tbl. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. Montreal Steak seasoning

1 tsp. beef bouillon

1/2 tsp. basil

1/2 tsp. hot sauce  


1/3 cup brown sugar

3 Tbl. mustard (dijon is great for this topping)

1/2 cup ketchup   



Heat oven to 350 degrees

Line the bottom of a 5×9″ loaf pan with parchment paper if desired – but makes it so much easier to take out for serving.

Lightly coat the pan with spray release. 

Old Fashioned Meatloaf

In a fry pan or skillet, add in the butter and cook the onion and green pepper until tender and the onion is almost clear. 

The reason for this step is to avoid biting into a almost raw piece of onion or pepper.Old Fashioned MeatloafAdd in the garlic and cook 1 more minute. This takes the edge off of the garlic.Old Fashioned MeatloafIn a large bowl combine the ground beef, cooked onion-bell pepper and garlic mixture, egg, milk, grated carrot, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, Montreal steak seasoning, basil, bouillon and hot sauce. Old Fashioned MeatloafMix mixture well, I like to use the disposable gloves for this step.Old Fashioned MeatloafPut the meat mixture into the prepared loaf pan, pat in evenly and to slightly compress.  

Topping: In a small bowl combine the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and mix well.Old Fashioned MeatloafPour over the meat mixture in the pan.  Old Fashioned Meatloaf

Bake until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees, which will be approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your oven and the size of pan you used.

Allow meatloaf to sit for 5 minutes and if you have excess grease in the pan; carefully pour it off, using caution not to burn yourself.

Slice and serve.  DSC_2603- editCarrie Groneman’s original recipe.  Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow.  2014, 2016

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19 replies
  1. Maria
    Maria says:

    This meatloaf looks so good and so moist! I love meatloaf but my husband doesn’t, so I rarely make it 🙁 I’m thinking it’s about time to make some again!!!! This is making me so hungry for some!!!

  2. lynn
    lynn says:

    Hi Carrie, I gave up years ago trying to make meatloaf…mine were always tasteless and dry. And as fate may have it, my husband LOVES meatloaf. So, I am delighted to have your recipe. This will surely make Terry a very happy man. Pinning for dinner this week.!

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


  3. Lori Schumaker
    Lori Schumaker says:

    Carrie, This sounds fantastic! I have always loved meatloaf and so do the kiddos. This made me realize I haven’t made it forever, though! I pinned this so I can make it next week! (I also stumbled and G+’d)

    Thanks so much!
    Blessings and smiles,

  4. Catherine B
    Catherine B says:

    I made this last night and wow, it was delicious! It was super moist and had an amazing flavor. I was nervous about the carrots, but you can’t even taste them. This is going to be my go to meatloaf recipe from now on.

    The only adjustment I had to make was upping the temperature to 435 for an additional 40 minutes, but I think that could’ve been the pan I used. I think next time I will use a bigger pan so it can be spread out more.

    • Carrie Groneman
      Carrie Groneman says:

      That is good to know about the temperature adjustment and thank you for letting us know! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe of mine and I think I’ll make it myself this week….craving it now:) I appreciate your time to stop by.

  5. Alice
    Alice says:

    Made this tonight and it was yummy. Only change I made was, because I didn’t have dry bread crumbs I used oats instead. Very moist and tasty recipe.

  6. Tecia
    Tecia says:

    This recipe is wonderful, thank you for sharing. I love meatloaf and this one has gotten rave reviews every time I serve it.


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