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Tender and Juicy Homemade Meatloaf



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Meatloaf is a timeless, classic comfort dish. If you are searching for an incredibly Tender and Juicy Homemade Meatloaf Recipe, this one will surely satisfy. Also, by forming the meat into two loaves, you can not only cut down on the bake time, but the meatloaf will cook more evenly!

Two small meatloafs drizzled with ketchup and garnished with fresh chopped parsley, baked in a cast iron pan.
Top the meatloaf with a drizzle of ketchup and place back into the oven for about 5 minutes. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

Why You Should Try This Meatloaf Recipe

This tender and juicy homemade meatloaf is not only incredibly flavorful, but also easy to make. With simple ingredients and straightforward instructions, it’s a dish that anyone can master. Plus, it’s a great way to sneak in some extra veggies, making it a wholesome meal for the whole family.


  • Meat mixture: Substitute with all ground beef, or even all ground turkey, for variation. Ground sausage is also a savory addition.
  • Bread: Any type of bread can be used, such as white, wheat or even gluten-free bread.
  • Heavy whipping cream: Substitute with whole milk, half-and-half or a non-dairy whipping cream.
  • Seasonings: Feel free to adjust to your liking. Fresh garlic can be used instead of garlic powder.
  • White onion: Substitute with yellow onion, red onion or shallots.
  • Carrot: You can omit or substitute with other vegetables such as bell peppers, celery, and/or zucchini.
  • Ketchup: Substitute with tomato sauce, tomato paste or your favorite barbecue sauce.
  • Yellow mustard: Dijon mustard, spicy brown mustard or honey mustard can be used.
  • Worcestershire sauce: Soy sauce or steak sauce can be used as substitutes, for a similar umami flavor.
  • Fresh chopped parsley: Easily substitute with dried parsley flakes.
  • Fresh herbs and Vegetables: Experiment using other fresh herbs such as rosemary and/or thyme, and feel free to add in your favorite minced vegetables.

How to Prepare Tender and Juicy Homemade Meatloaf

  1. Prepare the Bread Mixture:
    • Tear the bread into small pieces.
    • Place the bread in a bowl and pour the heavy whipping cream over it.
    • Allow the bread to soak up the cream for a few minutes.
  2. Mix the Meatloaf Ingredients:
    • Add the ground beef and meatloaf mixture to the bowl with the bread mixture.
    • Season with salt, black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
    • Add the minced white onion, minced carrot, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and chopped parsley.
    • Mix the ingredients together until well combined, but do NOT over mix.
  3. Form the Meatloaf:
    • Shape the meat mixture into two small loaves or one large loaf.
  4. Bake the Meatloaf:
    • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
    • Lightly grease a cast iron pan or baking dish.
    • Place the meatloaf and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes.
    • Remove from the oven and drizzle the top with ketchup. Bake for another 5 minutes.
  5. Finish and Serve:
    • Remove the meatloaf from the oven.
    • Let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.

How to Serve and Store Homemade Meatloaf

Pair this mouthwatering meatloaf with your favorite sides for a complete meal. Serve with:

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days., or freeze individual slices for longer storage.

  • Reheat leftovers gently in the microwave, or oven to preserve the juiciness of the meatloaf.
  • Easily transform leftovers into a Meatloaf Sandwich or Meatloaf Hash!

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Tender and Juicy Homemade Meatloaf


Meatloaf is a timeless, classic comfort dish. If you are searching for an incredibly Tender and Juicy Homemade Meatloaf Recipe, this one will surely satisfy.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package ground meatloaf meat mix (beef, pork, and veal combination)
  • 3 slices bread without the crusts
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 white onion, minced
  • 1 carrot, minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup, plus
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • Few dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and line the bottom of a cast iron pan or baking dish with olive oil.
  2. Tear the bread into small pieces and add them to a bowl with the heavy cream. Allow the bread to soak up the cream for a few minutes.
  3. Add all of the ground meat to the bowl with the bread.
  4. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
  5. Add in the minced carrot and onions, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and fresh parsley.
  6. Mix gently to combine, being careful not to overmix.
  7. Form the meat mixture into two small loaves or one large loaf.
  8. Place the meatloaves in the pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cooked through.
  9. Remove from the oven and drain any excess grease.
  10. Drizzle the top with ketchup, and return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes.
  11. Allow to rest a few minutes before slicing.
  12. ENJOY!


  • Easily use all ground beef, instead of the addition of the meatloaf meat mixture.
  • For a leaner meatloaf, use ground turkey (may not be as tender and juicy).
  • If you want to replace the bread with breadcrumbs, do NOT mix the breadcrumbs with the heavy cream. Add the breadcrumbs with the other ingredients and incorporate an egg. 
  • Try not to over mix the meat as this can cause the loaves to become too dense and you may lose the tender and fluffy texture while baking.
  • Form meat mixture into smaller loaves for a quicker and more even bake.
  • Allow the meatloaf to rest for a few minutes before slicing.
  • Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Easily transform leftovers into a meatloaf sandwich or meatloaf hash.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: American

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