Aunt Libby's Southern Meatloaf

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This my 86-year-old Aunt Libby's home-made meatloaf recipe. I finally had her write it down for me last year. You can be sure no one will tell you this meatloaf is dry!

close up view of Southern Meatloaf in a loaf pan
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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

Meatloaf:

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 cup ketchup

  • 1 cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Sauce:

  • 1 ½ cups ketchup

  • ¼ cup water

  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

  2. Mix beef, onion, 1 cup ketchup, bread crumbs, eggs, salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Press beef mixture into a loaf in the prepared loaf pan.

  3. Mix 1 1/2 cups ketchup, water, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce together in a saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until sauce is smooth and warm, about 10 minutes. Pour 1/3 the sauce over meatloaf.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven, basting every 25 minutes with more sauce, until meatloaf is cooked through, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before slicing.

Cook's Note:

If you need to use two meatloaf pans to make the meatloaf fit comfortably in the pan with room to spare, do so.

My Aunt Libby's original recipe calls for 2 pounds ground beef but I usually use 1.3 to 1.5 pounds meat for my small family of three and adjust other ingredients accordingly. So one meatloaf pan is all I need.

Try not to substitute ground beef with turkey and use a fattier 80%-lean beef choice. True, it is not as healthy but the taste is amazing!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

534 Calories
25g Fat
48g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 534
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 153mg 51%
Sodium 2215mg 96%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 17mg 85%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 687mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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