NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Find this recipe useful? Share it with your friends!

Nothing says classic comfort like Ina Garten’s Meatloaf recipe from Barefoot Contessa. Ah, the world’s best comfort food, meatloaf! Those who claim they don’t believe there can be such a thing as a great meat loaf will love this recipe. When people talk about comfort food, the conversation usually turns to the ultimate comfort food — meat loaf! This traditional meatloaf recipe is just like mom used to make, made with ground beef and a sweet and tangy glaze topping. Check out these perfect meat loaf pans. Let’s get cooking!

Get Ready for the Best Meatloaf Recipe Ever!

If you love ground beef and are looking for the absolute perfect way to prepare it, then this meatloaf recipe will make sure that your next meal is mouthwatering. Meat loaf may seem like a pretty straightforward dish, but there’s actually quite a bit of preparation work that goes into making the most amazing meatloaf possible. Fortunately, this recipe will give you all the information you need to get started with making your own mouthwatering meat loaf meals at home! This sweet and tangy glaze topping is one of my favorite things about this traditional meat loaf recipe. It adds a little something to make it just that much better! You can use ketchup or store bought barbecue sauce and spices of your choice to make your meat loaf even more flavorful.

Meatloaf is a simple dish consisting of ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs and spices. It has been around since 1887 when it was first published in Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking-School Cook Book. The meat loaf recipe in the book is called Savory Meat Loaves. This early version of meatloaves was made with chopped onions and milk.

Serve this meat loaf with Garlic Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes or Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes



meatloaf 1

Ah, the world’s best comfort food, meatloaf! Absolutely delicious meatloaf and sauce!

  • Author: Ina Garten
  • Prep Time: :10
  • Cook Time: 1:25
  • Total Time: 1:35
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven


Units Scale
  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 3 cups chopped yellow onions (3 onions)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock or broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  • 2 extra-large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup ketchup


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan. Add the onions, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent but not brown. Off the heat, add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, onion mixture, bread crumbs, and eggs, and mix lightly with a fork. Don’t mash or the meat loaf will be dense. Shape the mixture into a rectangular loaf on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper. Spread the ketchup evenly on top. Bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F and the meat loaf is cooked through. Serve hot.


  • A pan of hot water in the oven, under the meat loaf, will keep the top from cracking. Pairs well with Merlot.


  • Serving Size: 6
Find this recipe useful? Share it with your friends!