I discovered this recipe when I was pregnant with my first child. This is the only meatloaf recipe my family allows me to make still. It can be frozen ahead.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 5 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 5x9-inch loaf
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Mix ground beef, quick oats, onion, milk, eggs, 1/4 cup ketchup, parsley, garlic, salt, basil, and black pepper together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined; pat the mixture into a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

  • Bake meatloaf in the preheated oven until firm and no longer pink inside, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the center of the meat loaf should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

  • Remove from oven, spread 2 tablespoons ketchup over loaf, and top with Cheddar cheese slices; return to oven and bake until cheese has melted, about 5 more minutes.

Cook's Note:

If you wish to freeze, bake as directed for one hour, remove from oven and cool. Refrigerate until well chilled, wrap, label and freeze. To reheat: unwrap meat loaf and bake 1 hour at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Top with ketchup and cheese and bake additional 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

344 calories; protein 26.5g; carbohydrates 12.3g; fat 20.6g; cholesterol 133.6mg; sodium 595.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2012
If you are looking for a striking, unique recipe for meatloaf, this isn't your answer. But if you are looking for a very nice meatloaf that everyone in the family will want seconds of, this is the one for you! I followed the recipe with the exception of using dried parsley rather than the fresh. I also added an extra minced garlic clove. With this basic recipe you can do whatever you want to meet your taste requirements, but this is a very wonderful place to start. I can tell you that this is very family friendly and will be made again in my kitchen! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2012
looks pretty good but I don't use cheese on mine.Top with a can of vegetarian soup and let it cook in.I also love olives so will add some green garlic stuffed olives also. Read More
(14)
43 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2012
If you are looking for a striking, unique recipe for meatloaf, this isn't your answer. But if you are looking for a very nice meatloaf that everyone in the family will want seconds of, this is the one for you! I followed the recipe with the exception of using dried parsley rather than the fresh. I also added an extra minced garlic clove. With this basic recipe you can do whatever you want to meet your taste requirements, but this is a very wonderful place to start. I can tell you that this is very family friendly and will be made again in my kitchen! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/03/2012
I searched a bunch of recipes and used this as my base to add on. I omitted the oats as my hubby is on a no carb diet. It makes it very juicy, so be prepared. I added a tsp of Italian seasoning and ended up doubling the parsley as I didn't want leftovers, I also added another clove of garlic. I doubled the pepper because I love it. I liked the idea of half meat/half sausage, but didn't have sausage so added a pinch of fennel seeds and a dash of allspice to give it that flavor. I put the ketchup glaze on right away and cooked for 75 minutes. It turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/01/2012
I use a recipe similar to this one but I mix 1/2 cup ketchup with 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2 tbsp mustard mix half into the ground beef spread other half on top of the loaf. Shred the cheese and put in mixture. Tastes fantastic Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2012
This is the meatloaf my grandmother made - except for the basil. My mother's meatloaf though used bread crumbs... and my meatloaf? Well it's different most every time depending on what I have on hand (cornflakes - crushed croutons bagged stuffing crushed oats zuchinni pureed chick peas or white cannelli beans diced tomatoes spinach and oats) - and it's always a hit as is this one - you just have to know what your family likes before you put it in the meatloaf!:) Thanks Maridele:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2012
Sounds just like the recipe that I got from my mother. If you like to freeze stuff for easy cooking later- make this recipe into patties and freeze individually and then cook on grill or microwave. I like to make into a sandwhich with melted cheese and toasted bread. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2012
looks pretty good but I don't use cheese on mine.Top with a can of vegetarian soup and let it cook in.I also love olives so will add some green garlic stuffed olives also. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2012
This is my recipe except I use 1# ground beef and 1# ground pork. Love the oats. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/01/2012
Great basic recipe. I had no milk so I used sour cream instead. Tomato sauce instead of ketchup and it turned out very good. Next time with a grated carrot and chopped green pepper maybe potato flakes in lieu of oatmeal and a well rounded meal in one pan. I will eat a dessert separately. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2012
This is a great meatloaf recipe just as it is. But my husband loves bacon cooked on top of the meatloaf. In the first cooking (1 hr 5 min) take 3-4 slices of bacon and lay them vertically on the meatloaf. And I cook mine a little longer say at least 15-20 minutes more. Then procede with the recipe as it is. A crunchy surprise under the cheese and ketchup! Read More
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