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)
2 egg (large)
1 onion (medium size, chopped)
1⁄2 bell pepper (medium size, chopped)
1⁄2 t oregano (dried leaves)
1⁄2 t coriander (ground)
1 cn tomato sauce (small can)
2 T couscous (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.

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.

6 servings
Preparation time
Cooking time
Total time
1 hour, 30 minutes