Today, for the 4th of July, I’d like to share a recipe Dustin and I always enjoy: Meatloaf!

Meatloaf recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I know, I know…it sounds kind of boring…at first. But, this meatloaf is hearty, easy and oh so delicious. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll be craving it all the time. Trust me.

Meatloaf recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

You may notice some similarities between this Meatloaf recipe and my Italian Meatballs recipe I’ve posted on the blog. Though the ingredients are quite similar, the preparation and sauce for the meatloaf leave it tasting completely different.

I think the flavor combination of the parmesan, fresh parsley, breadcrumbs and Worcestershire sauce in the meatloaf is just divine. Plus, the tangy, but sweet, glaze complements the meatloaf perfectly. Yum!

Meatloaf recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

We like to have this meatloaf with some Garlic Parmesan Green Beans and cottage fries.  Oh my goodness, so tasty.

This is definitely a meal that will leave you completely satisfied.

Meatloaf recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you are totally awesome! you probably read last week that Dustin and I started a new high protein, low carbohydrate diet to lose some baby fat.  So, this time, I tried making a Gluten-Free Meatloaf by omitting the breadcrumbs.

Meatloaf recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I also left out the parmesan.  Sniff.   The result was pretty good — not as good as the original as the breadcrumbs really hold it together well and absorb the moisture, but still tasty.

Meatloaf recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

*Also, if you think you’re going crazy because you swear you already saw this recipe before, you probably did way back when in one of my first newsletters.  I wanted to re-share it with the new gluten-free modifications.

Happy 4th!!

Meatloaf with Sweet Ketchup Glaze

For the meatloaf:

1 lb. 85/15 ground beef
1 cup unseasoned dry bread crumbs (omit if going gluten-free)
2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (omit if going dairy-free)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg, beaten (add additional egg if going gluten-free)
3/4 cup warm water (don’t add water if going gluten-free)

For the glaze:

1/3 cup ketchup
2 1/2 tsp. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. dry mustard


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Place the ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, parmesan, salt, pepper, nutmeg, egg, and 3/4 cup warm water in a bowl. Combine very lightly with a fork.

Transfer mixture to a 9-inch X 5-inch loaf pan.

In a small mixing bowl, stir together the ketchup, dry mustard and brown sugar for the glaze. Pour the glaze over meatloaf and spread evenly.

Bake until meatloaf reaches 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 1 hour. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

18 comments… add one

  1. Sherri B. July 4, 2011, 6:41 pm

    Who doesn’t love a good meatloaf? I have been on a quest to find the best one, I think that it isn’t the easy recipe that everyone thinks it is. Yours sounds very good and I will enjoy trying your recipe. Thanks!

  2. carrie @ September 14, 2011, 1:04 pm

    on a similar diet and for meatloaf, I replace the breadcrumbs with blanched almond flour.. retains the moisture and tastes awesome!! :-) Love your pics!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef September 15, 2011, 1:34 pm

      I’m learning more about the different types of flours one can use instead of regular flour. I will definitely have to try the almond flour — I think that would have really helped keep the meatloaf more “normal.” Thanks for sharing, Carrie!

  3. Kerrie September 18, 2011, 3:46 pm

    I must start by saying I’m not a huge fan of meatloaf, but my husband is, so I’m always looking for a recipe he might like. I took a little nibble when it came out of the oven and mmmmmmmmm, OMG, delish :-).

    Even my 15 month old daughter, who is incredibly picky, enhaled it.

    I made it exactly as written (except I used pork and beef mix, since that’s what I had on hand). Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Kristine Schuster September 24, 2011, 8:35 pm

    I just have to say I have enjoyed following your recipes… I’ve been reading for about a week. Tonight I saw your measuring spoons and had to comment! My mom has the exact same ones. I think the five kids in our family all teethed on them and so did all our children! :)

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef September 24, 2011, 10:54 pm

      Haha, Kristine! I actually got those measuring spoons from my mom :) They’re good stuff!

  5. Julie September 26, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Just finished making the meatloaf recipe.
    Sounds amazing can’t wait to try it.
    One typo, the worcheshire sauce is listed in the ingredients, but missed from where to put it in the directions. I realized this after everthing was put together so I just put a few drops over top before the glaze was added.
    If you can fix that in the details that would be great.

  6. Tara Hall January 12, 2012, 9:55 pm

    Tried this recipe tonight and it was to die for. I wasn’t able to include nutmeg because I did not have any on hand but it was still delicious. I would love to have more of the ketchup glaze mixture to eat with the rest of the meatloaf because it was so tasty! Thank you, this is definitely the best recipe for meatloaf I have tried.

  7. Meagan April 13, 2012, 7:52 pm

    My husband wasn’t thrilled when I told him I wanted to try this recipe, since he’s never been a fan of meatloaf. Tonight when I pulled it from the oven, he came downstairs and said that the smell of it’d had his mouth had been watering for the past 15 minutes! He took one bite and said it was the BEST meatloaf he’d ever tasted. I have an easy new go-to dinner now–it was delightful, thank you!

    1. Meagan April 13, 2012, 7:54 pm

      Oh, typo–“it’d had his mouth watering.” Oops :)

  8. Jill September 27, 2012, 8:57 pm

    Wonderful recipe. My husband does not like leftovers, but managed to eat the leftover meatloaf for lunch and dinner the next day!

  9. Denise December 2, 2012, 8:02 am

    Have you ever substituted ground beef with ground turkey for this meatloaf recipe?

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef December 2, 2012, 7:59 pm

      Unfortunately, no I haven’t, Denise. It should go well with ground turkey nonetheless. Please share how it goes if you try it :)

  10. Chelsea April 6, 2013, 2:59 am

    Found this recipe on Pinterest. We’re about to have a very American meal here in Korea–complete with mashed potatoes and green beans! Yum! Thanks!

  11. Kate January 14, 2014, 11:53 am

    Have you tried freezing the meatloaf either before or after you cook it?


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