This flavorful, homemade meatloaf recipe is probably one of the most popular recipes that I’ve included in my menu plan service. I’ve had many people tell me that they were a little bit iffy in seeing the ingredient list but once they made it, their whole family loved it.
Since my homemade meatloaf recipe seems to make it into my menu plan often during this season, I decided to share my recipe with all of you. It’s really very simple. The staple ingredients in my homemade meatloaf recipe is garlic, onion, parsley, and carrots.
The garlic, onion, and parsley give it depth and flavor while the carrots sweeten the meat. Together, these ingredients create umami. I’m not even kidding… it’s these simple ingredients that take an ordinary meatloaf and make it something worth remembering.
Also, I make my meatloaf with a combination of ground grassfed beef and ground pastured pork. It makes the final loaf incredibly moist.
A Flavorful Meatloaf, The Real Food Way
To get started, the first thing I do is process all of my ingredients that I’m planning on mixing in with the meat into a fine mince.
If you notice the picture above, for this particular meatloaf I added some leftover cauliflower that I had in my crisper. When I make a meatloaf I enjoy adding in leftover vegetables in small amounts to give it added vitamins and minerals. It’s completely optional but if you do decide to do this, just make sure to add them in small quantities so that it doesn’t overshadow the flavors of the garlic, onion, parsley, and carrots.
Once my vegetables are minced to my liking, I toss them together with the beef, pork, homemade breadcrumbs, and egg.
Once it’s all mixed I place the meatloaf mixture into a loaf pan and form it in the pan.
I top it with organic ketchup and bake. Super simple!
A flavorful, homemade meatloaf recipe the real food way. A simple recipe that your entire family will enjoy!
- 1lb ground pork
- 1lb ground beef
- 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
- 2 carrots, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley, finely chopped OR 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp salt
- Preheat your oven to 375F.
- In a large bowl, mix together the pork, beef, onion, carrots, parsley, garlic, breadcrumbs, eggs, and salt.
- Add the meatloaf mixture to a loaf pan, form into a tight loaf, and drizzle with ketchup on top.
- Bake for 1 hour at 375F.
Who said cooking real food had to be difficult 😉
So tell me, do you make your meatloaf recipe differently? Please share your recipe with us in the comments below.