Rating: 3.55 stars
130 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 32
  • 3 star values: 42
  • 2 star values: 16
  • 1 star values: 6

Nothing says home cooking like meatloaf, all the better when it's an old family recipe, like this one.

Martha Stewart Living Television, Martha Stewart Living Television

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
10
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place bread in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade; pulse until fine crumbs form. Transfer to a medium bowl, and add ground beef.

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  • Place onion, garlic, celery, carrots, and parsley in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade; pulse until fine. Add to meat mixture, using hands to mix well. Add egg, 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 teaspoons dry mustard, salt, and pepper; use hands to combine thoroughly. Place in an 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-by-2 1/2-inch loaf pan.

  • Combine remaining 1/2 cup ketchup, remaining teaspoon dry mustard, and brown sugar in a bowl; stir until smooth.

  • Brush mixture over meatloaf; place in the oven with a baking pan set on the rack below to catch drippings. Cook until a meat thermometer inserted in the center reads 160 degrees, about 90 minutes. If top gets too dark, cover with foil, and continue baking.

Cook's Notes

Many recipes use only beef, but you can add veal and pork for a more tender loaf. Use an ample amount of breadcrumbs to prevent it from becoming too dense. Add finely chopped vegetables to lighten the texture and add flavor; try a combination of garlic, onions, carrots, celery, and parsley. Many recipes also call for ketchup, which lends a sweet and tangy taste to the finished meatloaf.

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Reviews (32)

130 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 32
  • 3 star values: 42
  • 2 star values: 16
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2019
This is hands down my favorite meatloaf ever! A friend nicknamed it MeatCandy!
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2018
I remember when they first made this on the daytime network show. We were in Dallas. I went right out to Market Street to get the ingredients. Those were the days. Anyway, I'm almost certain they used beef, lamb, and pork, which is how I make it. One thing I have learned is I'll do the carrots separately in the food processor otherwise it won't chop us properly. One recipe makes two loaf pans for me. This recipe is beloved. It's the only meatloaf recipe I make and everyone who tries it loves it. Making it for a friend who is going through chemo. I hope she can eat it, but I know her family will enjoy it.
Rating: Unrated
02/23/2013
Thanks Martha. Same as you...keeping mom in thoughts and feelings. This recipe...made 1st time exactly. To me and my hubbie...too dry. Made second time w equal pork and veal. (per your site note). Moist and great for leftover sandwiches the nest day. Martha...sincere appreciation.
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Rating: Unrated
02/09/2013
Best meatloaf E.V.E.R. My son loves it, my friends' and their kids request for it all the time. Flavourful, chockful of vegetables, easy, moist....what's there not to like. Thank you.
Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2013
This is the best meatloaf ever! I have a friend who knicknamed it "Meat Candy" due to the wonderful glaze that carmelizes on the top edges. It is so good I always make 2 - heating the oven afterall there is room for 2- the second one is used in the best meatloaf sandwiches- don't change a thing it is perfect as is.
Rating: Unrated
05/02/2011
I did what happened to my review?
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Rating: Unrated
11/16/2010
I love this recipe! I usually make it with italian bread crumbs and then cut back on the salt. I also use very low fat meat because adding all those veggies allow the meatloaf to stay super moist.
Rating: Unrated
08/08/2010
I love this recipe. The only thing I would change is the salt. I would cut back on it. Otherwise yum, it is good.
Rating: Unrated
05/04/2010
The best meatloaf ever! Try it! You won't be disappointed!
Rating: Unrated
02/10/2009
great
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02/10/2009
Great recipe!!! I first tried it with all beef and then decided to try it with 1/2 minced chicken and 1/2 minced turkey for a healthier version came out tender and yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rating: Unrated
04/06/2008
Great recipe! Making in smaller pans and freezing great for those nights I want a quick meal! My father-in-law who is 89 and lives on his own loves when I bring him his own meatloaf. Great comfort food!
Rating: Unrated
03/07/2008
This is the best meatloaf I have ever eaten! You will not be disappointed with this recipe!
Rating: Unrated
02/20/2008
this by far is the best meatloaf . Ive recommended this to friends and family and cannot believe how pefect this comes out time and time again..
Rating: Unrated
02/11/2008
The best meatloaf EVER! I do not like ground beef, or meatloaf -- my husband made this for dinner last night, and it was delicious!
Rating: Unrated
02/02/2008
i am not a huge fan of meatloaf, but after this recipe I'm a huge fan. Next time around I think I will go lighter on the salt, 1 tablespoon was just a little too much. I also used a heaping 1/2 cup of oatmeal instead of the 4 slices of bread and it came out perfect.
Rating: Unrated
01/20/2008
This meatloaf is the best! I was so tired of finding recipes with no veggies other than onion or onion soup mix. So delish for leftovers the next day too!
Rating: Unrated
12/20/2007
You have joined a very sad club. Those of us who have lost our Mothers. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing your Mother's wisdom, recipes, and philosophy with all of us. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to her life.
Rating: Unrated
12/20/2007
So terribly sorry to learn of your Mother's passing. I know how much you'll miss her Martha. You never forget a Mother. I love your show Martha and was always thinking of you during your troubled time. You have made everyone forget that ever happened and I hope you will be on T.V. for a long time. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Yvonne Hiscoe, 21 Oakview Avenue, Nepean, ON Canada
Rating: Unrated
12/19/2007
Martha, My condolences as I just learned of your mother's passing last week. To honor her, I've already made two of her recipes this week
Rating: Unrated
12/18/2007
I don't know what I did wrong. I had to cook this for an additional 40 minutes just to reach 160 degrees, and still ended up with a goopy meat mush, not a meatloaf and nothing like the one in the video! I used 2 onions as it states in the video
Rating: Unrated
12/18/2007
Martha, How proud your mother must be! What an amazing tribute and commentary on your love for one another. This is THE best meatloaf, I love it. You are a living legacy to your mother and your family. You handled yourself with such grace- I could only imagine how much you miss your mother. Merry Christmas.
Rating: Unrated
12/17/2007
This is the only meatloaf I make. I love it and so does my family. It was wonderful watching your mom on the show.
Rating: Unrated
11/23/2007
Martha your mom meatloaf is one of my favorites. I would look forward to watching you and your mother cooking together, she will be truely missed. Sylvia
Rating: Unrated
11/23/2007
Martha, thank you for sharing your mother with us all. We miss her so I can only imagine what her loss will mean for you and your family and her friends. Her name will always be synonymous with "meatloaf" and so many other wonderful foods. When I announce I'm making a meatloaf, it's only hers.
Rating: Unrated
11/23/2007
Dear Martha: I always enjoyed the television segments when your mom appeard. I have just viewed your tribute to her on my P.C. I was so happy to see it, as I missed your live TV show that day. It tmoved me to tears. She was a wonderful, caring person. Thanks for sharing us with her. Jessie
Rating: Unrated
11/22/2007
Martha, your sweet Mom's reciipe for this delicious meatloaf was our favorite the first time it aired! My husband LOVES this recipe and so do I. It is moist and the ketchup-brown sugar topping is yummy! IT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES! Thanks Big Martha! You were the best!
Rating: Unrated
11/21/2007
Dear Martha, God bless you and your family. Your mother was an inspiration. She was lovely with a sharing spirit. Our condolences, Marit
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11/19/2007
Dear Martha, This year (following my recent move a week ago to Northeast Harbor), instead of fixing a turkey dinner for just myself (I'm just a single guy who is sometimes "culinary challenged"), I will be making your Mother's "Meatloaf 101" (for the first time) so to celebrate and honor her wonderful memory ... and to give thanks for all the "Good Things" which you, your Mother and your wonderful staff have shared with all of us over these many years. "Happy Thanksgiving!" 7:^) Warmest best wishes, Bill
Rating: Unrated
11/19/2007
Dear Martha, This year (following my recent move a week ago to Northeast Harbor), instead of fixing a turkey dinner for just myself (I'm just a single guy who is sometimes "culinary challenged"), I will be making your Mother's "Meatloaf 101" (for the first time) so to celebrate and honor her wonderful memory ... and to give thanks for all the "Good Things" which you, your Mother and your wonderful staff have shared with all of us over these many years. "Happy Thanksgiving!" 7:^) Warmest best wishes, Bill
Rating: Unrated
11/19/2007
My Mom and I have made this recipe several times and we like it very much. It is a wonderful tasting meatloaf yummers!
Rating: Unrated
11/09/2007
the best meatloaf i've ever made--no one liked my old way of making meatloaf