meatloaf…smeatloaf…double beatloaf…i HATE meatloaf*

Last week I was informing the entire world few people that pay attention to me on twitter that I was cooking dinner.  Seems like there were quite a few of us making meatloaf that night.

I hate meatloaf.

Or…I USED TO hate meatloaf.

I mean, I hate my MOM’S meatloaf (it’s ok, she knows).  The meatloaf of my childhood was a loaf o’ burger with onion and green pepper chunks in it with ketchup baked on top.


So when Cort told me years ago that he wished I made meatloaf?  I cried a little was determined to find one that didn’t suck.  Ok, I wasn’t so much determined as I was skeptical that one could actually exist.

Enter Real Simple Magazine.

People?  If you do not know of this wonderful magazine you are missing out on some of the best tips, cutest decor ideas, and deliciously easy recipes EVER.

Anyway…what was this post about?

Oh yeah, meatloaf.

So one day as I am paging through the gloriousness that is Real Simple, I come across a meatloaf recipe.  I am about to blow it off as another disgusting concoction, when I notice there are no chunks of yuck in it.

I  have now made this meatloaf about 247982734927 times.  It’s that good.

It’s the perfect comfort food, although probably not the best “hey let’s lose a thousand pounds” food.

Anyway…here it is:

mmmm….the only yummy meatloaf in the WORLD.

You know what I think makes it yum?  There is not nasty Ketchup involved.  It’s BBQ sauce that you see right there.  And there are no chunks…but there IS shredded Italian cheese in there.  Oh yes, friends.  CHEESE.

Oh Sweet Baby Ray’s…how I love you.

I SUPPOSE you think I should share the recipe at this point, huh?  Well Ok. Because I like you.  You have such a nice face, and all.  Here it is:

1.5 pounds of ground beef

1 cup of shredded Italian blend cheese

1 envelope of dry onion soup mix

2 eggs

1.5 cups of Italian bread crumbs

1/3 cup of water

mix together and form a loaf.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes

take out and top with BBQ sauce

Bake for 15 more minutes or until done all the way through

let me show you again…mmmmm….

I tend to serve comfort food with, yes, more comfort food.  Mashed potatoes.  Green bean casserole.  Anything that will make my tummy feel full and warm and my eyed drowsy.

why yes, those ARE premade mashed potatoes. I had to draw the line SOMEWHERE.

I whipped up this dinner in less than an hour’s time from start to finish after work one day.  And then I had leftovers for a few lunches to work.

Is there a more perfect meal?

The answer is no.  No there is not.

You’re welcome

*bonus friendy friend points if you can name where I stole borrowed the title from.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. I hate meatloaf that comes out heavy. While I realize that meatloaf in and of itself is not a light meal, there has to be one that’s at least NOT like a rock in my stomach. Does this recipe meet that requirement?

  2. I made meatloaf once… ONCE. It came out orange and rock hard and completely disguisting. I’ve been too afraid to try again. But I sort of love meatloaf, so maybe I should try this recipe. Or maybe when my mom comes to stay for a week after the baby comes, I’ll have her try the recipe. That sounds like a better idea.

  3. I can’t stand real meatloaf. I make lamb loaf, though, with goat cheese in it and its heavenly. Cheese makes everything taste better.

  4. I love meatloaf. But only when my mom makes it. I tried it once a few weeks ago, using extra lean meat. Yeah, it was gross. Way too dry. (But my brother ate it and said it was awesome, so maybe I’m just picky?)

    Your recipe sounds good, though, so maybe I’ll give it another shot. 🙂

  5. I totally need to steal this recipe for my uncreative self. Laughing at the potato pic because I can actually do those. If I do the meatloaf and potatoes my family may faint.

  6. Looks delish, and don’t you know? Instant mashed potatoes are totally the best!

  7. I seriously gagged at the thought of meatloaf. My mom makes (made) it the same way and I could never stand it…with the chunks and the ketchup. But this? Ohmigawd looks delicious. So trying it.

  8. Oooooh! My husband would eat this kind of meatloaf since it involves barbeque sauce. I’m totally making it!

  9. I hate my mom and grandma’s meatloaf but OH MY HEAVENS this looks and sounds delicious! I’d like a side of that green bean casserole too please! 🙂

  10. The mere mention of the word meatloaf typically makes me cringe. Until I saw this line in your post:
    **1 cup of shredded Italian blend cheese**
    You now have my attention. This may work for us. Thank you for a true game-changer.

  11. Mmmmm that looks delicious!! I’m thinking meatloaf tonight!
    Ps. Is your title from sesame st?

  12. My family loves anything with Sweet Baby Ray’s in it. On it. All around it.


    Plus, everything else I know how to cook I’ve made 247982734927 times, so I’m due for something new.

    Thanks for the recipe – and the Christmas Story smile.

    Love that movie. Wrapping Xmas presents while watching it at midnight is one of my favorite parts of the holiday. Well…there is the bourbon-laced egg nog, too. That may help…

  13. Big fan of meatloaf. My momma’s, my MIL’s and my own. But your description of your mother’s reminds me of an Eddy Murphy skit about burgers – with the peppers and onions. Dayum, that’s funny.

  14. First? A Christmas Story! Second? I cannot wait to make it. BBQ sauce on top just sounds right, why didn’t we ever try that before? Thanks!!!

  15. This looks YUM! Can’t wait to try. Love the title of this post – I’ve been repeating it all morning!

  16. my favorite meatloaf is the Pioneer Woman’s. Probably because it’s topped with bacon.

  17. Nom! This looks sooooooooo good! I was wondering what you meant when you said you were going to put up a recipe for meatloaf!

    I take a meatloaf recipe and fill muffin tins with it so you have individual meatloaves. They freeze great and they’re so easy to warm up. I make a huge batch periodically. I’ll have to try it with this one! Sounds YUM!

  18. you know what is really, really good in meatloaf? oatmeal!

  19. Yum…I am not a typical meatloaf fan, but this looks great! Real Simple is one of my faves!

    Visiting from Mama Kat’s…

  20. My son LOVES meatloaf, but I never cook it. If I ever care to, I will use this recipe that you posted. I LOVE Real Simple recipes; I use them all the time and post quite a few on my blog.

  21. Wow. I’m in heaven just thinking about this. The recipe is just like mine except I’ve never used cheese or BBQ sauce – in other words, the good stuff. Which leads me to wonder, where the hell is my head? Clearly this should have happened a long time ago…

  22. Cheese makes everything better.

  23. I always put Sweet Baby Ray’s or Country Bob’s in/on my homemade leatloaf! Never kecthup here. But the shredded cheese? The dry onion soup mix? Those sound divine! Oh yeah, meatloaf is on the menu for next week. (I refuse to cook on weekends!)

  24. My husband has been asking me to make meatloaf for years. I had the same meatloaf as you growing up, hated it. This recipe I have to try.

    Oh, and that is one of the best Christmas movies ever!

  25. The title is from A Christmas Story 🙂

    I’m not a meatloaf fan at all, even when I DID eat meat. Maybe someday I will find a decent vegetarian alternative…

    Visiting from Mama Kat’s

  26. Omg you don’t know how much the hubs and I love Sweet Baby ray’s!!! We can be friends!

    I hate my moms meatloaf too. I make a mean turkey meatloaf but I bake mine in muffin tins. They portion out perfectly for the little ones and I hate ketchup but aiden and the hubs love it so this way we all win! I also like to add a veggies grated up in there like carrots or zucchini. And if I make loaded mashed potatoes I add pureed cauliflower so I feel less guilty about all the cheese and bacon on top;)

  27. Sylkozakur says

    I used to hate hot meatloaf, but loved it cold as a sandwich the next day. Now I make meatloaf muffins or mini meatloafs so every serving is crusty. Yummy.

  28. I absolutely love this recipe! I really hate my moms meatloaf too, so I would never make it. My husband is a real “meat and potatoes man” and would be sad that I wouldn’t make it….but now, with this recipe…I can make meatloaf and not totally gag at the thought of it! Made it about a month ago–it was a huge hit and now I’m making it again tonight! Thank you sooo much for this!!! 🙂


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