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Simple, Scrumptious Meatloaf

Rule #228: Meatloaf isn’t sexy, but it is delicious.

I’ve wanted to post this recipe for YEARS, but I’ve never been able to snag a good photo. The pics you see are, sadly, the best I could get. They don’t do this homestyle, comforting, take-you-back-to-Mama’s-house recipe justice. I love this meatloaf because it’s simple, scrumptious, and doesn’t have any sauce on top. Now, no offense to you top-saucer-folks. Everyone does meatloaf differently. I just happen to love this version most of all!

Simple Scrumptious Meatloaf

My sister-in-law gave me this gem inside the recipe book my mother-in-law gave to me when Jon Boy and I got married. It’s been a family favorite ever since! My sister-in-law actually used to request this on her birthday because it was her favorite meal. I can’t blame her. It’s one of mine, too!

First, tear up 1 piece of white or wheat bread into tiny pieces into a 1 cup measuring cup.

Simple Scrumptious Meatloaf

Fill in the rest of the cup with plain breadcrumbs. Make sure to shake the crumbs a bit so they sift into the bread pieces.

Simple Scrumptious Meatloaf

Now, add the breadcrumbs + bread pieces to 1 beaten egg, a packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix, 1/4 cup ketchup, and 1/2 cup water. Mix it all until combined.

Simple Scrumptious Meatloaf

Then throw in 1 – 1 1/2 lbs. ground sirloin (90/10). Your choice on the amount of meat! Combine well with your hands.

Simple Scrumptious Meatloaf

Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray so the deliciousness doesn’t stick. Form the meat into a loaf, pressing with your fingers to make an even layer. Bake at 350 for about 35-45 minutes (37 seems to always be the perfect time for my sister-in-law and for me).

Simple Scrumptious Meatloaf

Voila! Dinner is done. You can also freeze individual pieces or the whole thing in foil + a Ziploc. Thaw overnight in the fridge and heat up for dinner the next day! This is always a great thing to have on hand for busy weeks for us and the kiddos.


I hope you love this Simple Scrumptious Meatloaf as much as we do!




This Simple Scrumptious Meatloaf is a family favorite of ours that's both easy and delicious!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 352 kcal


  • 2 slices bread plain wheat or white*
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs approximate
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 package Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 2 lbs. 90/10 ground sirloin


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Tear the bread into tiny pieces into a measuring cup. Sprinkle plain breadcrumbs on top of the breadcrumbs, gently shaking to sift the crumbs down into the cracks of the bread until you fill the cup. Pour into a large bowl.
  • Add the egg, water, ketchup, and soup mix. Combine well with a fork. Add in the beef and mix with your hands until well combined.
  • Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray. Press the beef mixture into the loaf pan, pressing gently with your fingers to form an even layer.
  • Bake at 350 for 55 minutes to 1 hour, until cooked through.
  • Let rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.


*Instead of tearing the bread into small pieces and combining with breadcrumbs, you could just substitute 1 cup of plain breadcrumbs.


Serving: 1gCalories: 352kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 26gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 472mgPotassium: 437mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 165IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 4mg

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary, and Pineapple House Rules makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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