This Ina Garten Meatloaf recipe is the best I’ve ever had. It’s tender, moist, and flavorful. The delectable garlic meatloaf sauce makes it extra fancy and tasty. Pure comfort food. Originally posted February 21, 2014.

slices of meatloaf being drizzled with garlic sauce and a side salad on a plate.
Table of Contents
  1. The Meatloaf Recipe Ina Garten created is Chef’s Kiss
  2. Ina Meatloaf Ingredients
  3. How to make Ina Garten Meatloaf
  4. Making 1770 House Meatloaf Garlic Sauce
  5. How to store 1770 House Meatloaf
  6. Ina Garten Meatloaf Recipe FAQ
  7. More recipes to love!
  8. 1770 House Meatloaf (Ina Garten Meatloaf Recipe) Recipe

One time in college my best friend/roommate Sarah and I each came back from Christmas break with the exact same pair of polka-dot rain boots from Target. Same color. Same size.

I’m in Texas visiting her this week, and it took us about 30 seconds of being together to realize that we have the exact same turquoise and purple iPhone case. The exact. same. one.

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meatloaf with garlic sauce being ladled onto it.

We are pretty much kindred spirits. The only drawback is that now her 4-year-old son thinks my phone is hers, and steals it when I’m not looking to take a thousand selfies every day.

Eric is back home slaving away while I take a girl’s trip to visit my best friend and sister. And by girl’s trip I mean all of the children are involved, so it’s not really one of those. We went to Walmart today with all 5 of our kids. We bought limes and diapers. It took 2 hours.

I’m not complaining though. It’s easier to dodge People of Walmart photographers if you’re in a group.

meatloaf sliced on a parchment lined baking sheet.

I woke up on my birthday last year majorly missing my sister Laura, who lives in Dallas. I’ve never visited, so I asked for tickets to see her for Christmas, and here we are. My friend Sarah also lives in Texas (7 hours away) and I thought it would be a great idea to rent a car one way to see her too. This was before I remembered how much I LOVE taking road trips with small children, so extra bonus for me!

Really though, we’re having so much fun. Time and space got nothin on kindred spirits.

The Meatloaf Recipe Ina Garten created is Chef’s Kiss

Meatloaf. I mean, other than bread, pretty much anything that has the word “loaf” in it is going to have a hard time sounding appetizing and winning beauty contests. Calling it “1770 House Meatloaf” definitely adds a little pizazz, so thanks for that Ina. Yes, this is a Barefoot Contessa recipe, so of course it is the best meatloaf I’ve ever had. It’s tender, moist, and flavorful. Pure comfort food.

My mom used to make people guess what was in her meatloaf, because she was always just throwing in whatever was in the fridge. You know, just in case meatloaf wasn’t adventurous enough for you already.

Ina Meatloaf Ingredients

Here’s a quick shopping list to help you gather your ingredients. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients and instructions! 

  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Ground beef
  • Ground veal
  • Ground pork
  • Herbs (parsley, thyme, chives)
  • Eggs
  • Whole milk
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Garlic sauce (olive oil, garlic, chicken stock, butter, kosher salt, black pepper)
ground beef, eggs, celery, onions, fresh herbs, and spices in a metal bowl for making meatloaf.

How to make Ina Garten Meatloaf

  1. Chop your onion, dice your celery, and saute them together. Grind your panko in a food processor.
  2. In a large bowl, add the ground beef, veal, pork, parsley, thyme, chives, eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the cooled, sauteed veggies and finely ground panko to the meat mixture.
  4. Combine the meat mixture with your hands and shape it.
  5. Bake the meatloaf at 350 for 40-50 minutes; make the garlic sauce while it cooks.
  6. Remove from the oven, slice the meatloaf, and serve with the garlic sauce!

This recipe is pretty basic. The fresh herbs and garlic sauce take it to a whole new level. Plus it’s HUGE, so it’s great for feeding a crowd. Or you could freeze half for a later meal.

celery ribs on a wooden cutting board for making meatloaf.

Slice your celery the thin way before you chop it to get the small dice you need.

panko breadcrumbs finely ground in a food processor for making meatloaf.

You want your bread crumbs to look like this. I like Panko bread crumbs.

raw meatloaf shaped and ready to bake on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Pat it into a rectangle…

meatloaf shaped and ready to bake on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Then mold it into a cylinder to prevent air pockets.

Making 1770 House Meatloaf Garlic Sauce

garlic cloves in oil to make garlic sauce for meatloaf.

Why have I never thought of making gravy to go with meatloaf? So much better than sugary ketchup. (Let’s not get confused here: I love ketchup. But I do prefer savory sauces with meat.) And this is not even gravy. It’s garlic sauce. 10 cloves of garlic? Enough said. It’s an Ina Garten meatloaf, alright.

How to store 1770 House Meatloaf

Leftover meatloaf will last in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 3-4 months. 

When you’re ready to eat it, thaw it overnight in the fridge (if frozen), then warm either in the microwave or in the oven until heated through. 

Ina Garten Meatloaf Recipe FAQ

What is the secret to moist meatloaf?

A few simple ingredients contribute to the super moist texture of this 1770 house meatloaf: eggs, milk, and breadcrumbs. 
The breadcrumbs not only add structure to the meatloaf, but they soak up the moisture of the milk, making the meatloaf tender. Eggs add both flavor and richness, and they also help the meat to stay together in a loaf shape without overworking the meat.

Should you bake meatloaf covered or uncovered?

I bake my meatloaf uncovered and it comes out perfectly. 
However, if you do notice the top of the meatloaf starting to brown a little bit too much before the center is heated through, tent it with foil and let it continue to cook until done. 

What does Ina Garten serve with her meatloaf?

Ina Garten serves her meatloaf with a super flavorful, buttery garlic sauce which I’ve included in this recipe. It’s the perfect way to add extra flavor and a little bit more moisture to the meatloaf. It also goes very well on top of whatever you’re serving with the meatloaf, like mashed potatoes or steamed veggies.

sliced meatloaf on a plate with a side salad, garlic sauce being poured onto the meatloaf.

If you really want to pull out all the stops, make this meatloaf with Aunt Shirley’s Famous Creamy Mashed Potatoes. Meatloaf and potatoes, there’s no greater combo, right? You could also do these 3 Ingredient Roasted Potatoes with Crunchy Onions. And how about a Green Salad with Feta and Beets to go with it? Yum.

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1770 House Meatloaf (Ina Garten Meatloaf Recipe)

4.75 from 40 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
This Ina Garten Meatloaf recipe is the best I've ever had. It's tender, moist, and flavorful. The delectable garlic meatloaf sauce makes it extra fancy and tasty. Pure comfort food.


For the meatloaf:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups onion, chopped (1 large)
  • 1 & 1/2 cups celery, small-diced (2 stalks)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thyme, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chives , chopped, or green onions
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 & 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs

For the Garlic Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 10 cloves garlic , peeled
  • 2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground


For the meatloaf:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In your largest saute pan, heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil. When it is hot add the onion and celery. Cook for 5-8 minutes until the onion is soft but not brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add ground beef, veal, pork, parsley, thyme, chives, eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
  • Blend the panko bread crumbs in a food processor until they are finely ground, then add that to the bowl with the meat. Add the onion and celery mixture.
  • Combine the meat with your hands. This is the best way to mix meatloaf so that it doesn’t get tough. Don’t overdo it.
  • Cover a large sheet pan with parchment paper. Use your hands to pat the meat into a flat rectangle. Then push the sides in to make a cylinder about 15 inches by 6 inches (spreading it out first prevents air pockets).
  • Bake at 350 for 40 to 50 minutes, or use a meat thermometer to find out when it has reached 155-160 degrees F.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest for a few minutes before slicing. Serve with garlic sauce.

For the Garlic Sauce:

  • While the meatloaf is cooking, combine the oil and garlic in a small saucepan . Bring the oil to a boil, then lower the heat to low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the garlic is a light golden brown. Don’t burn it! Watch carefully. Strain out the oil and save it for another use (I used it for oven roasted potatoes).
  • In the same saucepan (with the garlic still in it), add the chicken stock and butter. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat but continue to boil for 35-40 minutes, until it is slightly thicker. Use a fork to smash the garlic in the pan. Add the salt and pepper.
  • Ladle the warm sauce over each serving of hot meatloaf.


You do not have to use veal for this recipe to be awesome. Instead use 1 and 1/2 pounds each pork and beef.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 523kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 1547mg | Potassium: 528mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 308IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 523
Keyword: Garlic, Meatloaf, sauce
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  1. 5 stars
    Hubby requests this ALL THE TIME. So moist & the garlic sauce is so yummy. Always make it with mashed potatoes to pair with that sauce!

  2. 5 stars
    Made a few changes. Used all beef. Cut the salt from 2 to 1 tablespoon. I skipped the first step with the garlic. I didn’t boil it in oil first. I put the cloves directly into the broth mixture and boiled for 30 minutes. It reduced a lot so I added another half cup of broth. Then I mashed the garlic and added 2 tablespoons of flour to thicken it up like gravy.

  3. 5 stars
    Probably the beefiest taste meatloaf I’ve ever made. Forgot to sauté vegetables but it came out great. Also didn’t have any garlic cloves on hand so I used jarred minced garlic. I will probably use this recipe next time I make salisbury steak with brown gravy. Loved the texture.

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