Everyone has favorite dishes that they make pretty regularly because it’s so freaking good, and this was definitely a favorite in our house growing up. I remember coming home and I could smell this meatloaf cooking in the oven and it was just heaven and I couldn’t wait to eat it! This was one of the few meals that my dad cooked instead of my mom because it was a recipe that HE grew up with when my grandmother made it for him, so it’s been passed down a couple generations and it is still one of my favorite things to eat! I make it when I want something super easy and need some comfort food.
This recipe is not only incredibly delicious, it’s so easy to make! You just simply mix and bake! Plus, if you have kids that like to help with dinner, this dish is a great one because they get to squish their hands in the ooey-gooeyness and it’s super fun. Just make sure your kid isn’t the type to fling meat around the kitchen, otherwise it can get a lot more messy than you want to deal with!
This recipe has passed hands so many times that the exact measurements aren’t really known, but I’ve done my best to estimate about how much of each ingredient is needed. The last time I made this I measured out the ingredients to what I believed was about right and it turned out exactly as I remember it! So here’s the recipe!
- 1 1/2-2 lbs ground beef
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
- 2 tsp minced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tsp parsley flakes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl with your hands, making sure to mix thoroughly.
- Transfer to a baking dish or loaf pan and bake for 1 hour.
I have tried several different meatloaf recipes and they NEVER measure up to this one! I always remember this meatloaf as the one I grew up with and is on my top ten comfort foods list! One of my favorite aspects of this recipe in comparison to others is that it has all the delicious flavors of traditional meatloaf but it doesn’t have the big chunks of onion that some others have. I am a big texture person and have never liked eating chunks of onions in dishes but I LOVE the flavor it adds, so by using minced onion it packs a lot of flavor but it’s a smoother texture. That is another reason this is a great recipe to try if you have kids, because most kids are very texture sensitive and usually just end up picking out the big chunks of vegetables anyways!