by Rachel

Classic meatloaf is a fan favorite in many American families. This traditional dish is not fancy or extravagant, but it gets the job done. And sometimes all you want is a nice slice of meatloaf! You can fancy it up and serve it with quirky sides, but it’ll remain a classic dish.

The dish consists almost entirely of ground meat. What separates it from a variety of other meat based dishes is its shape. It comes in the shape of a loaf of bread! Whether you find that original or pretty standard, you can’t deny that this old-time classic is always a good choice.

How to make a Paula Deen Meatloaf?

Put a rack in the oven and preheat it to 375 F degrees.

In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, salt, black pepper, onion, bell pepper, egg, diced canned tomatoes, and cooking oats.

Put the resulting mixture in a 9 x 13 glass or ceramic baking dish. Make sure the meat is shaped like a loaf of bread.

Mix together ketchup, brown sugar, and yellow mustard.

Spread the resulting mixture over the top of the meatloaf.

Bake for about an hour, or until the dish is done.

Let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes before serving.

How do I keep my meatloaf from falling apart?

Nobody likes a crumbling meatloaf. If you wanted a plate of ground beef, you could’ve whipped it up on a pan! To keep your meatloaf from falling apart you can add in some binding ingredients, like eggs or bread crumbs. These usually keep the dish together. Make sure you don’t cook your meatloaf for too long; that could aid the crumbling of the meat.

How do I make my meatloaf moist?

There’s nothing better than a delicious and moist meatloaf. Nobody likes dry meat and you shouldn’t have to settle for that either! To ensure your meatloaf gets all the moisture it needs, make sure to add wet ingredients at every step. When you’re forming your meat mixture, don’t skip out on the eggs and diced canned tomato juice. Then, be generous with the mustard and ketchup.

How can I replace the oatmeal in my meatloaf?

If you don’t have oats at home or simply don’t like them, you can pick a different filler for your meatloaf. Try dried, fresh, or frozen vegetables, cooked rice, potatoes, or boxed stuffing. Any one of these will taste as great as oats!


Serves: 5 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 4.5/5
( 4 voted )


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1¼ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup diced canned tomatoes with their juice
  • ½ cup quick cooking oats
  • Topping Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard


Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375 F.
In a large bowl mix together all meatloaf ingredients well. Place the mixture into a 9×13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish and shape into a loaf.
Mix together the topping ingredients and spread over the loaf.
Bake until done, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.


Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1/4th): 15.9 g fat, 20.2 g carbs, 2.2 g fiber, 36.3 g protein and 9* WW SP.

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