Classic Meat Loaf


This classic recipe is perfect anytime. The mix of pork, beef, bacon and mushrooms is sure to please everyone.

Meat Loaf
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins


  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 ¼ cup onion, finely diced

  • 1 ¼ cup portobello or desired mushrooms, finely chopped

  • ½ cup celery, finely diced

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

  • ½ cup grated carrot

  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs

  • ½ cup half-and-half or milk

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 ½ pound ground chuck

  • ½ pound ground pork

  • 4 slices bacon, finely chopped

  • 1 ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoon cider vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large skillet heat butter until melted and foaming. Add onions, mushrooms, and celery. Season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper. Cook 3 minutes, being careful not to brown.

  2. Sprinkle thyme over onion mixture. Rub garlic and pinch of salt into paste; add garlic. Cook and stir until onions are tender and translucent. Stir in grated carrot; remove from heat. Cool completely. Meanwhile, soak bread crumbs in half-and-half; lightly beat in eggs.

  3. In large mixing bowl combine ground meats, bacon, cooled vegetables, and bread crumb mixture. Sprinkle the 1-3/4 teaspoons salt and the pepper. Using hands, mix until well blended.

  4. Turn mixture into rectangular baking dish. Using hands, shape into a 9x5-inch loaf. Make shallow indentation around sides.

  5. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, and vinegar. Spoon over top of meat loaf. Bake on middle rack for 1 hour or until meat thermometer reaches 155 degrees F. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

518 Calories
38g Fat
19g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 518
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 160mg 53%
Sodium 1013mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 5.9mg 30%
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 3.1mg 17%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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