Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Best Meatloaf with Marinara Sauce

I have a very "discerning" (picky) husband and even he really likes this meatloaf recipe so if he likes it, I'm sure that your kids will like it too.  You can also top it with homemade marinara sauce (which I prefer) but he just likes it plain and dips it in ketchup.  Yeah, I know...

2 lbs 80/20 % Hamburger  IMPORTANT: Do Not use lean (anything under 90% lean) because your
meatloaf will come out really dry and this is not good!
1tsp Worchester sauce
1/4 cup Ketchup
1/2 Medium Onion (chopped finely or minced in food processor)
3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/2 tsp Salt
3 twists of fresh Black Pepper
2 tsp dried Parsley
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (yes, from the sprinkle container in the fridge)
2 eggs

Crack eggs into a bowl first to make sure that no shells are left behind and mix lightly with a fork.
Add all ingredients into a large mixing bowl in any order.  I used to use to just use my hands to mix everything together but now I use my Kitchen Aid mixer to do most of the work for me.  However, if you choose to use this method I learned after my first attempt that there is a thing called Mixing Too Much (like you could make the same mistake with mashed potatoes).  So, only mix on the 2nd speed for about two minutes or until you see that all ingredients are well combined. 

Using your hands, put into a 9"x12" glass baking dish and shape into a loaf.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 90 minutes.  The internal temperature should read 170 degrees.


Homemade Marinara Sauce
1 32oz can Crushed Tomatoes (or chopped fresh tomatoes with the skins removed)
2 cloves of Garlic (about 1 tbsp minced garlic)
1 tsp dried or 1 tbsp fresh Basil
1 tsp dried Oregano
1 tbsp dried Parsley
2 tbsp Olive oil
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper

Mix everything together in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

In a medium sauce pan, add olive oil and onions.  Stir and cook over medium heat.  Cover and let cook for about five minutes until onions are translucent.  Uncover, stir in garlic and cook for about two more minutes while stirring to make sure to not burn the garlic.  Add all of the ingredients in the mixing bowl.  Reduce heat to medium/low.  Cover and cook for 30 minutes.  When meatloaf is done, take it out of the oven and spoon enough of the Marinara Sauce on it to coat.  Return meatloaf to the oven and broil for about 3 minutes until the top is bubbly.  Remove from the oven.  You can serve the rest of the Marinara Sauce on the side in a gravy bowl.  This also is a great sauce over any pasta, with meat or no meat.
Enjoy :)

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