Vivian’s Onion Meatloaf Recipe

Meatloaf is an American standard, and I think everyone has their own version. In my family alone, we probably have 5 different ways that we make meatloaf. I think my recipe is the best.

I can’t take 100% credit for this meatloaf. I just followed what I think my mom used to do. I adjusted it a little by adding the beef base to the sauce (really kicks it up). But again we had a complete mix of what each of us kids thought the recipe was. I had three different recipes that my siblings had ‘written down’ from mom, none of which is the recipe I use regularly. Here’s a quick glimpse at one of my mom’s written recipes for meatloaf:

Mom Meatloaf Card side A

Mom Meatloaf Card side A

Mom Meatloaf Card side B

Mom Meatloaf Card side B


So, again I give you multiple versions in one post. The first recipe is my version which is tested and pictured. The others are different versions coming from my dad and siblings.

So, take your pick of recipes. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these recipes. Enjoy!

Onion Meatloaf

Serves 8
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 45 minutes
By author Dish Ditty

Ingredients

  • 1.5lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Yellow Onion (diced small, approximately 1/2 jumbo yellow onion)
  • 1 cup Plain Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika (optional)
  • Pam Cooing Spray
  • 1 cup Hot Water
  • 2 tablespoons Better Than Bouillon Beef Base
  • 2 cans Campbell's Tomato Soup

Directions

Step 1
Preheat to 375 degrees
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Step 2
Combine ingredients to create meat loaf
Combine ground beef, onion, bread crumbs, egg, milk, salt, pepper and paprika. I usually just mush it together with my hands making sure the spices are evenly distributed.
Step 3
Spray Casserole Dish with Pam
Spray casserole dish with Pam cooking spray.
Step 4
Form meat into loaf
Form the meat into a loaf as shown in this picture. This is a very saucy meatloaf and there needs to be room for the sauce, so don't use a loaf pan otherwise you won't have much sauce.
Step 5
Bake for 45 minutes at 375
Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
Step 6
Dissolve bouillon in hot water
While the meatloaf is cooking, in a medium bowl, combine the hot water and beef bouillon base to dissolve.
Step 7
Add tomato soup to beef base
Add the tomato soup and mix well.
Step 8
Pour sauce over meatloaf
When the meatloaf is done cooking the first 45 minutes of baking, remove from oven and pour sauce over the meat and return to oven. Bake an additional 45 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Step 9
Remove from oven when internal temperature reaches 165 degrees
Remove from oven. Look how yummy!
Step 10
Meatloaf is done!
Separate the meat loaf from the sauce. Slice and serve, using the sauce to pour over the meat and mashed potatoes.

Meatloaf

Serves 6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hour, 10 minutes
By author Cherri via Dish Ditty

Ingredients

  • 1lb Ground Meat
  • 1/2lb Turkey, Chicken, another ground meat
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Onion
  • 8 Saltine Crackers (crumbled)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 32oz Canned Tomato Soup

Directions

Step 1
Mix altogether (excluding tomato soup). Place in greased, covered, ovenproof casserole. Top with large - 32 ounce - can of whole tomatoes (can use crushed also). Bake an hour or so at 350 degrees.

Meatloaf (Original Version)

Serves 6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 40 minutes
By author Dish Ditty

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 3/4lb Unseasoned Ground Pork
  • 1 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 packet Onion Soup Mix
  • 2/3 cups Milk
  • 1/3 cup Ketchup
  • 2 Eggs

Directions

Step 1
Combine everything except the ketchup. Form into a 9x5 Loaf Pan. Cover with ketchup and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

Old Fashioned Meatloaf

Serves 8
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 40 minutes
By author Dish Ditty

Ingredients

  • 1lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Rolled Oats or Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Skim Milk
  • 1 Small Onion (diced coarsely)
  • 1/4 Bell Pepper (diced, optional)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 can Tomato Soup
  • 1/2 cup Water

Directions

Step 1
Combine ground beef, egg, rolled oats (or breadcrumbs), milk, onions, bell peppers (optional) and salt and pepper. Form into a loaf and place in a greased baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Add tomato soup and rinse tomato soup can with water and pour over loaf. Bake an additional 45 minutes.

Vivian's Onion Meatloaf by Dish Ditty

Vivian’s Onion Meatloaf

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