Barefoot Contessa Meatloaf Recipe

Matt R. Updated

Thank you, Barefoot Contessa! Read on for her delicious meatloaf recipe.

Most of us probably grew up eating meatloaf for dinner at least a few times a year, if not every month. And is there anything better than a tasty meatloaf sandwich at a down-home restaurant?

If you want to recreate the meatloaf of your childhood memories or your favorite diner meal, you’ve come to the right place! Making the perfect meatloaf at home is easy.

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You don’t even need to use a loaf pan, unless you prefer it. Instead, you can simply shape the meatloaf with your hands and bake it on a foil-lined sheet pan.

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What’s in Meatloaf?

Meatloaf usually contains two pounds of ground meat, such as beef, pork, veal, turkey or lamb. You can even use a combination.

Read our tips for making a moist turkey meatloaf

Don’t use very lean meat, however, or it will make for a dry meatloaf. Look for ground meat marked 85%. 

To hold the meatloaf together, soak bread, bread crumbs, crackers or oats in milk or water. Use this, along with eggs, as a binding agent when mixing the meatloaf.

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If desired, you can add finely chopped onions or vegetables, such as spinach, to your meatloaf mixture.

You can top the meatloaf with a ketchup/brown sugar glaze, gravy or simply wrap it in bacon.

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Check out these meatloaf recipes for ideas:

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Ingredients for Meatloaf

  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Diced Onion, About 1/2 a large onion
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons A1 Steak Sauce.
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For the Glaze:

  • 3 tablespoons Ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons A1 Steak Sauce
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How to Make Meatloaf

  1. Lightly mix all the bread crumbs, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, ground pepper, salt, milk, 2 tablespoons ketchup and 2 tablespoons steak sauce together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Divide the mixture in half, form each half into a loaf, and place onto a sheet pan lined with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake at 375°F for 50-60 minutes, or until done. You can check it with an instant thermometer. When the internal temperature is 155 degrees F, take it out of the oven and let it rest for a few minutes.
  4. About 10 minutes before your meatloaf is finished cooking, mix together the remaining ketchup and steak sauce for the glaze and brush over the meatloaf.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers for up to four days.

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Barefoot Contessa Meatloaf Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 3 large White Onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 2 1/2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 2 extra large Eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup


  1. Preheat the oven to 325.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium saute pan.
  3. Throw onions, thyme, salt and pepper and cook over medium to low heat, stirring occasionally. About 8 to 10 minutes,.
  4. Turn off the heat, add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste. Permit to cool slightly.
  5. Combine chicken stock, ground chuck, onion mixture, bread crumbs, and eggs in a bowl and and mix lightly with a fork. Do NOT mash or the meat loaf will be dense.
  6. Shape the mixture into a rectangular loaf on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper.
  7. Spread the catsup evenly on top. Bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F and the meat loaf is cooked through.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!
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Author: Matt R.
Source: Barefoot Contessa
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 75 minutes
Total Time: 90 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 184
Calories 478

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 415mg
Total Carbohydrate 22g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 6g
Protein 41g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.