My Man’s Meatloaf

Today is a day for memory lane. Walk with me …

Back in our college days, Dominic and I were living in a school-sponsored apartment complex. Read, we used our student loans to pay rent; so convenient, so dumb. My front door faced his back porch in neighboring buildings and thanks to our interaction in a number of business classes we became friends. Friends eat together, and well, so do two love birds who are crushing on each other. And that was totally us. Dominic would take me out to dinner and I would woo him with home cooked meals. Oh, the beginning of love!

One of the first meals I made for him was meatloaf. Funny thing is, for my entire life I’ve hated meatloaf. It just seems so … awful. Ground beef with sauces and seasonings, and ohmygoodness, it’s just totally not my thing. But, Dom has always been a man’s man and for some reason I decided that meatloaf would be the ultimate woo-ing meal. So, I read a few different recipes, looked in my sparse college cupboards, and pieced together a meatloaf. meatloaf

He loved it! So much so that he went on to brag that her girlfriend (who doesn’t like meatloaf) in fact,  makes the best meatloaf! A reprise of said meatloaf happened during a business project homework gathering, and once again, the girl who hates meatloaf, made a bomb meatloaf. And so, ever since, I’ve been making my man’s meatloaf without ever taking a bite. 

As of late, I have added a few healthy twists to my meatloaf and Dominic has welcomed these changes with open arms. How could he not? Shredded or minced veggies like spinach, mushrooms, and carrots are practically invisible when mixed into his favorite meatloaf. He has made fun of me for going rouge with my staple recipe, but as long as I season correctly, he is still wooed by my meatloaf. And, my job is done. Go me. Meatloaf for life … for him.

My Man's Meatloaf
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
399 calories
19 g
179 g
22 g
30 g
9 g
177 g
499 g
4 g
1 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 399
Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g
Saturated Fat 9g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 179mg
Sodium 499mg
Total Carbohydrates 19g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 4g
Protein 30g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 1 tablespoon mustard
  4. 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  5. 1/8 cup milk
  6. 2 teaspoons onion powder
  7. 1 garlic clove, crushed or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  8. 1/2 cup cheese, shredded
  9. 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  10. 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  11. Dash or two of salt and pepper
  12. Ketchup
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. For mixing, you pick --- either a large mixing bowl or a KitchenAid type stand mixer. If you use a mixing bowl, remove your rings, wash your hands and plan to just hand blend. If you opt for a stand mixer, be careful not to over mix or else your meat will get tough.
  3. All all ingredients, except for the ketchup, to a bowl and mix.
  4. On a large baking sheet divide your meat into two and form each into a loaf shape. It's true, I don't use a loaf pan for meatloaf. On a baking sheet extra fat can slough off to the sides rather than soak into your loaf.
  5. Squirt a hefty amount of ketchup on the top of each load and cover with foil. Bake for 40 minutes.
  6. At the 40 minute mark, remove the foil, and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Check for doneness, allow to cool/set, and then serve with some of the side options I listed below.
That Mama Gretchen

It’s not super pretty, but apparently it’s delicious!

meatloaf loaves

meatloaf cooked

Ready for some meatloaf side dish ideas? These are winners to consider —> Spring saladbacon gouda mac ‘n cheese, green bean casserole, scalloped potatoesItalian caprese salad. And yes, they’re all heartier, because when I serve meatloaf, I just give myself a double serving of whatever side I prepare :)

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  1. Marie Cole says

    I keep trying but I never seem to get meatloaf right but I think I’ll give this recipe a try and keep my fingers crossed that I finally have a success