Simple Meatloaf Recipe

Dinner | December 9, 2008 | By

banana cakeBy Danny


Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Meatloaf is one of my favorite recipes. I usually make meatloaf specifically for the left-overs….I love having a loaf ready to snack on for the rest of the week. I also love how simple and classic this dish is. I use turkey, beef, and pork in this recipe, but you can substitute the turkey with veal, the REAL classic way to make this dish. This meatloaf recipe is simple to make and incredibly moist and delicious! This recipe calls for a version of Mirepoix, so I used the Trader Joe’s Mirepoix! Check out this video of Simone and I MAKING THIS MEATLOAF!

Classic Meatloaf recipe after the jump…
Recipe adapted from Elise at Simply Recipes


  • 1 cup of finely chopped onion
  • 1 celery rib, chopped fine
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 carrot, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped scallion (can substitute onion)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tsp Worscestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 pound turkey
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, beaten slightly
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley leaves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


In a large heavy skillet cook the onion, garlic, celery, carrot, and scallion in butter, over moderate heat, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Cover and stir occassionally until the carrots are tender, about 5 more minutes. Stir in salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/3 a cup of ketchup. Cook for 1 more minute.
In a large bowl, combine the meats, eggs, bread crumbs, vegetables, and parsley. Form into a loaf and put into a rectangular baking pan with 2 inch high sides. Cover loaf with remaining ketchup.

Bake meat loaf in oven for 1 hour.

You can replace the last bit of ketchup for the topping with homemade ketchup. Here’s the recipe

Homemade Ketchup

1/2 cup of tomato paste
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
dash of salt


  1. Leave a Reply

    December 13, 2008

    We LOVE having Meatloaf as left-overs too! I swear the flavor is even better the next day. What a great idea to use TJ’s Mirepoix instead of having to chop everything by hand!

  2. Leave a Reply

    December 14, 2008

    Thanks for the comment Cookie! Left overs are totally the best part!

  3. Leave a Reply

    December 16, 2008

    Oh! Love, love, love meatloaf! Such fabulous winter food. 😀

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

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    December 19, 2008

    I love meatloaf but rarely cook it. Good reminder for after the holiday food!

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