Main Dish | August 22, 2017

Mom’s Meatloaf

I know that a lot of people have strong feelings about meatloaf…and it is usually disdain.  My husband is one of those people.  He doesn’t have the fondest memories of eating meatloaf.  He thinks of them loaded with things he doesn’t like.  I…don’t have those same feelings.  Growing up my mom made the BEST meatloaf.  She is a really simple eater and always made really simple food.  We always looked forward to meatloaf and always gobbled it right up.  We’d use the leftovers on sandwiches for lunch the next day.

Mom's Meatloaf in little tins, with meat thermometer

A New Found Love For Meatloaf

I haven’t made meatloaf much for my family because my husband isn’t a huge fan, but something strange happened.  A few months ago I had a beautiful, smiley, chubby, baby boy.  During my hospital stay I was served meatloaf.  Disgusting right?  Nothing can be worse than hospital cafeteria meatloaf!!  Wrong!  It was Di-vine!  I loved it so much that I requested it at my next meal!  Crazy, I know!  My husband thought I was super-gross, but I didn’t care.  I loved that meatloaf!

After I was discharged from the hospital I continued to crave meatloaf.  You’d think my weird cravings would go away after having my baby, but they were in full force.  Soon after I was home my mom came to help out and I begged her to make, you named it, meatloaf.  It was just like I remembered.  Moist, flavorful, and simple.  And guess what?  My husband loved it too, so a week or so after my mom left I made it again.

Mom's Meatloaf ingredients in bowl

Redmond Real Salt

One of the prominent seasoning in this recipe is my VERY favorite onion salt made by Redmond Real Salt.  I was introduced to Real Salt about a year ago when we attended Pinner’s Conference.  I was amazed at the taste and I’ve never looked back. Real Salt is the only brand of sea salt harvested here in the United States – near Redmond, Utah. I’ve found them in most grocery stores, and I promise that not all salt is created equal.  Skip that store brand salt – and give Real Salt a try the next time you’re spice shopping.

Mom's Meatloaf with carrots on side, garnished with oregano

Customize To Your Liking

Don’t feel like you have to leave this recipe as is.  If you like onions, or shredded carrots in your meatloaf – add them in.  This recipe is truly the base for a customized meatloaf of your choice.  Leave it as is for more of a meatball taste, or toss in the veggies and sneak them to your kids.Serve with mashed potatoes and honey glazed carrots for the perfect home cooked meal. Please please give meatloaf another chance! ;)

5 from 1 vote
Mom's Meatloaf
Mom’s Meatloaf
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

This recipe is truly the base for a customized meatloaf of your choice. Leave it as is for more of a meatball taste, or toss in the veggies and sneak them to your kids.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatloaf
Servings: 4 -6 Servings
Calories: 320 kcal
Author: Kadee
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce divided
  • 1/2 sleeve saltine crackers crushed
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • Feel free to double
  1. Combine beef, egg, half of the tomato sauce, crackers, and seasoning in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Using clean hands, mix until all ingredients are combined.
  3. If desired, add veggies. Shredded carrot, onion, and celery are nice.
  4. Form into a loaf and place in a grease loaf pan.
  5. Top with remaining tomato sauce.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Mom’s Meatloaf
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 121mg40%
Sodium 429mg19%
Potassium 532mg15%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 335IU7%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    Looks delicious! Two questions; what would Be a good sub for saltines if trying to avoid processed foods, and does this freeze well? Hoping to bring some mini-freezer meals to my grandma next month & she loves mEatloaf ?

    1. I add oats to my meatloaf-that could
      Possibly work as a sub for the Saltines. I think the purpose it to soak up some of the moisture that comes out when meat cooks. My recipe calls for a handful of oats and 4 saltines, so maybe you could try a couple handfuls of oats! We also add a couple slices of bacon laid aCross the top for some more flavor! Haven’t made this in forever-now i’m feeling like the need for some comfort food ?