I made this for Nate the other night and he ate it up!
Basic Easy Meat Loaf Recipe
1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
3/4 cup Italian style bread crumbs
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder, optional
1/4 cup catsup + more for top if desired
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, optional but good
1. Preheat oven to to 375 degrees F.
2. In a large loaf pan or ovenproof baking dish, mix all ingredients.
3. Shape into loaf shape.
4. Bake at 375 for 1 hour or until done.
5. I like to cover the top with more catsup during the last 20 minutes of baking.
You can try additional seasonings such as diced bell pepper, chopped celery leaves, minced parsley and thyme. If using sausage, try adding finely diced apple, and eliminate the garlic, onion powder and Worcestershire sauce. Small diced vegetables such as potato, carrots, or peas can be added if you like. Some cooks add chopped olives or chopped pickles or hard boiled eggs. You can substitute canned soup for the catsup, pouring more over the top as it bakes. The variations are endless.