Traditional Fast and Easy Meatloaf Recipe

With a few simple ingredients you can have this fast and easy Meatloaf just like Mom used to make!

Fast and Easy Meatloaf - with a few simple ingredients you can have Meatloaf just like Mom used to make! Click on the Photo for Recipe!

Nothing says comfort food like a meatloaf. And not just any meatloaf. I’m talking about the meatloaf like your mom made when you were a kid. The kind that with one whiff, you are transported back to your childhood. Memories of running in the door, STARVING after a long day of school and being enveloped in not only the warmth of mom’s kitchen, but of all the incredible smells coming from the oven. Nothing else matters at that point, only wondering when dinner is and if you can possibly survive until then.

Mom smiles and offers you a glass of milk to curb your appetite while you wait. But you can only wait so long.

That is the way meatloaf makes me feel, like I am in mom’s cozy kitchen. The recipe isn’t fancy. It doesn’t need to be. Whatever struggles and stresses the day might have brought, melt away with one smell and all of those childhood memories come flooding back. And now you can pass down this amazing memory to the next generation, who in turn can pass it on to theirs.

Fast Easy Meatloaf

Of course meatloaf would be amazing by itself, but everyone knows mom wouldn’t make just that. Creamy mashed potatoes with homemade gravy are a favorite or macaroni and cheese with those little French fried onion rings on top are a couple of sides she loved to serve along with it.

Many times green beans cooked with bacon and onions or broiled asparagus spears were added into the mix. And of course rolls served hot or a big crusty piece of bread and butter goes fantastic with it, as well.

A warm fruit cobbler or baked apples make for a lovely and lighter dessert after this wonderfully fulfilling meal.

Nothing says “Made with love” like this delicious, incredibly fast and easy meatloaf.


Be sure to make plenty of this fast and easy Meatloaf, you may want leftovers so you can enjoy this Meatloaf Sandwich – another classic childhood favorite!

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Fast and Easy Meatloaf
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With a few simple ingredients you can have Meatloaf just like Mom used to make.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup ketchup
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients except ketchup together in a large bowl until well combined
  3. Shape into loaf pan
  4. Pour ketchup over top
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until cooked through
  6. Let stand 5 minutes before serving


  1. Easy & very tasty!

  2. Alison Dujardin says

    Made it, finally. Very tasty indeed.

  3. My first time!!! Will comment after. Making it for diner.

  4. OMG! So easy… husband liked it. Mission accomplished ?

  5. Mary Lou Hamm says

    Love this – it’s in the oven right now – I’ve made it a few times ?

  6. Didn’t had bread crumbs. So used Italian bread crumbs instead.

  7. Loved it only used 1 IB of meat instead of two and didn’t cut any ingredients in half used the same amount as what it called for, for 2 IB and it was super yummy ??

  8. Have made this for years. I like something to pour over mashed potatoes so I sauté chopped onion in some butter then add a can of crushed tomatoes, cook for about 15 minutes then pour over meatloaf about 15 minutes before it is finishes cooking. So good.

  9. Christine says

    Made this but added one full green pepper chopped, 1tbls of Worcestershire sauce and 1/4 cup of ketchup in to the mix and Doubled the garlic powder.

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