Easy old fashioned meatloaf from Massachusetts


The beauty of meat loaf is that it can be comfort food or luscious entertaining; come to the table warm with vegetables, gravy, and mashed potatoes or cold with salad, bread and pickles.


2 lb
beef (ground)
eggs (large)
onion (medium size, chopped)
bell pepper (medium size, chopped)
1⁄2 t
oregano (dried leaves)
1⁄2 t
coriander (ground)
1 cn
tomato sauce (small can)
2 T
Heinz 57 sauce
1 t
salt (or to taste)
1 t
pepper (or to taste)


  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Using your hands, squeeze together all the ingredients. If the mix seems too wet, add up to 1 cup more of the bread crumbs.
  3. Form a loaf with the ground beef into a large bread pan, top with ketchup if desired. Place in oven and bake uncovered for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Cover with warm tomato sauce before slicing and serving.


Serve with steamed green beans, creamed corn, fluffy potato mash and tomato sauce on the side for a perfect New England dinner. Don't forget the cornbread.

Ingredients, metric  
1 kg    ground beef  
2   large eggs  
1   medium onion, chopped  
1   medium bell pepper, chopped  
½ tsp    oregano  
½ tsp    cilantro  
1   small can of tomato sauce  
2 Tbs    Heinz 57 Sauce  
200 g    plain breadcrumbs  
  salt and ground pepper to taste  
  tomato sauce to cover (optional)  

Nutrition facts

Serving size: 1/6 of the original recipe.

Percent daily values based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients

The following ingredients were not linked to the ingredient database and were not included in the nutrition information:salt and ground pepper to tastetomato sauce (optional)

Amount Per Serving      
Calories   526.68  
Calories From Fat (60%)   316.76  
    % Daily Value
Total Fat 34.26g   53%  
Saturated Fat 13.41g   67%  
Cholesterol 195.18mg   65%  
Sodium 442.29mg   18%  
Potassium 601.46mg   17%  
Carbohydrates 19.62g   7%  
Dietary Fiber 1.91g   8%  
Sugar 4.91g      
Sugar Alcohols 0.00g      
Net Carbohydrates 17.71g      
Protein 32.30g   65%  

Most meatloaf recipes are recycled Italian meatball recipes, that is why a little tomato sauce can make it into the mix and they are usually topped with tomato sauce –to help form a crust- or the sauce is served on the side. As one travels to the midwest, the tomato sauce becomes ketchup.