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.

Ina Garten Meatloaf with Garlic Sauce

Originally posted February 21, 2014

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.

Ina Garten Meatloaf Recipe

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.

1770 House Meatloaf Recipe

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.

How to make Ina Garten Meatloaf

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.

Ina Garten Meatloaf

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.

But 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.

1770 House Meatloaf with Garlic Sauce - CelerySlice your celery the thin way before you chop it to get the small dice you need.

Bread crumbs for Ina Garten Meatloaf RecipeYou want your bread crumbs to look like this. I like Panko bread crumbs.

Making Ina Garten MeatloafPat it into a rectangle…

Forming 1770 House Meatloaf with Garlic SauceThen mold it into a cylinder to prevent air pockets.

Making 1770 House Meatloaf Garlic Sauce

Garlic Sauce for Ina Garten 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.

Meatloaf Sauce Recipe (Garlic Sauce)

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)

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: 1 slice, Calories: 523 kcal, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Protein: 26 g, Fat: 40 g, Saturated Fat: 12 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 21 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 142 mg, Sodium: 1547 mg, Potassium: 528 mg, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 4 g, Vitamin A: 308 IU, Vitamin C: 5 mg, Calcium: 87 mg, Iron: 3 mg