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Meatloaf Recipe

Updated: May 20, 2021

Say goodbye to dry meatloaf; this recipe is moist and delicious. The mixture of the three meats with the tomato sauce makes it flavorful.

I changed it from the original recipe by substituting veal for beef, and used 80% lean beef. I also added my homemade tomato sauce. For leftovers, we made a meatloaf with smoked Gouda and roasted red pepper pimento cheese sandwich (see photo), which was amazing! For dinner, I served the meatloaf with steamed asparagus drizzled with soy sauce.


  • 1 lb. ham (I used Wellshire Black Forest ham) cut into chunks

  • 1 lb. ground pork

  • 1 lb. ground beef

  • 4 cups tomato sauce (homemade: recipe below or store bought)

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 red pepper, roasted seeds and membrane removed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Yield: serving for 8-10

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour


  1. Preheat oven 400°F.

  2. In a food processor, puree 2 cups of tomato sauce with the red pepper. Set aside, as this’ll be used as a topping.

  3. Place the ham chunks in the food processor, and pulse until it's minced.

  4. Place the minced ham in a large bowl. Add the beef, pork, 2 cups of the remaining tomato sauce, eggs, breadcrumbs, onion, salt and pepper. Mix well.

  5. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

  6. Top with the tomato-pepper sauce.

  7. Bake for 1 hour.

Tomato Sauce:


  • 2 lb. ripe, vine tomatoes, cut in half

  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 4 stalks celery, chopped

  • 2 onions, rough chopped

  • 2 gloves garlic, chopped

  • salt and pepper


  1. Place the tomatoes in a dutch oven.

  2. Cook for 10 minutes.

  3. Add the rest of the ingredients.

  4. Cook for 20 minutes.

  5. Puree in a food processor.

  6. Adjust seasoning.

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