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Horizontal image of slices of meatloaf on a tray lined with crumbled parchment paper.

Classic Meatloaf with Gravy

  • Author: Nikki Cervone
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Need a basic meatloaf recipe thats tender and flavorful? Try Nikkis version of the classic comfort food dish with onion, garlic, and a tangy glaze.



For the Meatloaf:

  • 2 cups lightly packed fresh breadcrumbs*
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 pound ground beef (preferably 85% lean/15% fat)
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 medium white onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the Gravy:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 medium white onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups beef or chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


For the Meatloaf:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. Transfer breadcrumbs to a small bowl and stir in the milk. Set aside for about 5 minutes.
  3. In a separate large bowl, combine the beef, pork, onion, garlic, egg, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper with your hands.
  4. Add the breadcrumb mixture and mix until thoroughly incorporated. 
  5. Place the meat mixture on the prepared baking sheet and form into a tight loaf with your hands, about 9 inches long and 5 inches wide.
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers 155°F.
  7. Let rest for 15 minutes before cutting into slices and serving with the gravy.

For the Gravy:

  1. While the meatloaf is resting, make the gravy by melting the butter in a medium sauce pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the diced onions and 1/4 teaspoon salt, and saute until slightly golden, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and stir well to evenly coat. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the stock and whisk until thoroughly combined. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cream. Cook for another 2 to 5 minutes to slightly thicken the mixture.
  6. Season with the remaining salt and black pepper, and serve with the meatloaf.


To make the breadcrumbs, place 2-3 slices of thick white bread in a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: Meatloaf
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food

Keywords: meatloaf, ground beef, ground pork, ketchup