Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Meatloaf and My Perfect Comfort Meal

Mmmmm, Meatloaf.  It is one of those things I want one time each year-and only one time.  It is when it thinks about being autumn weather, and I want it to be with baked macaroni and cheese and green beans.

So I made it.  I have several "fancy" recipes, but this year I wanted a more "traditional" flavor.  So I searched a few recipes to cobble together one that would give me the "old fashioned" feel.  You know the one.  Juicy, with ground beef and ketchup. 

If that is what you also look for, check out the recipe below!

Now for the macaroni and cheese.  I never stray from the recipe.  I use the same traditional one each time because I love it. 

Now this time I used a "multi-colored" macaroni because that was the whole wheat kind the store had.  The kind with spinach and beet noodles.  And it was nice and hearty!  However I prefer the whole wheat kind without the veggie colors. 

Having made this several times I have also already blogged about it, and here is the recipe.  Now look below.  Comfort on a plate!

Old-Fashioned Meatloaf
  • 1 slightly beaten egg
  • 1 cup Heinz Ketchup ®
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
  • 1-1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
In saucepan, cook onion, celery and bell pepper in oil until tender-crisp; stir in ketchup. Combine ½ cup ketchup mixture with ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt and pepper. Shape into a loaf (8” x 4”) in shallow baking pan. Bake in 350°F oven for 1 hour. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Pour remaining ketchup sauce, cold or heated, over meat loaf. Makes 6 servings.


  1. Hi, Kimmy. Can you please tell me how you make your green beans (like the picture above with the meatloaf and the macaroni and cheese)? They look yummy. :)

  2. Absolutely!
    This is the only time I ever buy canned green beans, but I like the flat Italian kind with this meal and canned is the only flat kind I can find. So I rinsed them massively then did this:
    Dice garlic (I use lots cause yum!) then saute in GOOD olive oil with salt and pepper. Then I add the beans and a handful of diced tomatoes and toss til warmed through. Voila!!