WW Recipe of the Day: Classic Paula Deen Meatloaf – Old Fashioned Homemade Meatloaf
(324 calories | 7 7 6 myWW *SmartPoints value per serving)
This Paula Deen Meatloaf Recipe is one of my family’s favorites. If you are looking for a great old-fashioned, homemade meatloaf, that’s easy to make with great flavor, this is it.
I love Paula’s approach to simple easy home cooking. The problem is that, though tasty, most of her recipes are far from light or healthy.
This is the homemade meatloaf recipe I make most often these days. It comes from her original The Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook . I love that it uses oats instead of bread crumbs and has a sweet ketchup based topping.
How to make Paula Deen’s meatloaf?
Meatloaf has long been a family favorite, and this combination is one I come back to again and again. It is moist and flavorful and so easy. If you like basic old-fashioned meatloaf you will love this one.
While most meatloaf recipes are generally pretty easy, this one might just be the simplest there is. First, you preheat the oven to 375°F. While it’s heating up, in a large bowl mix together the ground beef, chopped onion, chopped bell pepper, an egg, a cup of diced tomatoes, oats, and salt and pepper.
Then scrape the mixture onto a baking sheet and form it into a loaf shape. In a small bowl stir together ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard for the topping. Spread the topping mixture over the loaf and bake until done. Easy. Peasy.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Recipe for Classic Old Fashioned Meatloaf from Paula Deen?
According to my calculations, each generous serving (1/4th recipe) has 324 calories and
7 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
7 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
6 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
8 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Do you cover a meatloaf when your baking it?
I always bake my meatloaf uncovered in a 350F degree to 375F degree oven. Sometimes I bake it in a loaf pan .
I also sometimes bake mini meatloaves in a muffin tin.
How long does it take to cook a 2lb meatloaf at 350 degrees?
A 2-pound meatloaf will usually cook in about an hour at 350F degrees. Try to avoid overcooking or the meat will start getting tough and crumbly.
The best way to know when a meatloaf is done is by checking its internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer . When it reaches 155°F, you can pull it from the oven.
Allowing the loaf to rest for a few minutes before you slice and serve gives the juices inside the meatloaf time to redistribute and settle, instead of running out when cut.
What can you use instead of breadcrumbs in meatloaf?
Paula uses quick cooking oats instead of breadcrumbs in this recipe. Other good substitutions for breadcrumbs in meatloaf include:
- Slices of bread soaked in milk
- Cracker crumbs (saltine, Ritz, etc.)
- Crushed cornflakes or bran flakes
- Boxed stuffing mix such as Stovetop
- Cooked rice or quinoa
- Matza meal
- Ground flaxseed
- Almond meal
- Finely chopped vegetables (carrots, squash, cauliflower, celery, spinach, mushrooms, onions, etc.)
- Grated Parmesan cheese
What holds the meatloaf together?
The binders that hold meatloaf together include any liquid, eggs and/or any of the dry ingredients such as oats or breadcrumbs.
Tips for making Paula Deen’s meatloaf, Substitutions & Variations
- Different Meats? I used lean ground beef. Ground turkey or a combination of beef, turkey and/or ground pork would work as well.
- No egg? Use a 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes instead of 1 cup and leave out the egg
- No diced tomatoes? Substitute salsa or tomato sauce
- No onion? Use dried onion flakes instead
- No green pepper? leave it out
- Lower sugar? Use your favorite sugar substitute in place of the brown sugar in the topping
- More flavorful? Add your favorite meatloaf seasonings such as granulated garlic, thyme, Italian seasoning blend, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, etc.
Meatloaf Serving Suggestions
Some of our favorite sides to serve alongside meatloaf include:
- Skinny Creamy Mashed Potatoes or Skinny Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Baked Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes
- Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
- Parmesan Roasted Asparagus
- Roasted Carrots
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Carrots & Sweet Potatoes
- Lighter Healthier Stovetop Macaroni & Cheese or Light Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Cauliflower
Ways to Use Leftover Meatloaf
- I love to use leftover meatloaf to make a sandwich on light toast with ketchup, mustard, lettuce and pickles.
- Chop it up and mix it with cooked rice to stuff bell peppers.
- Crumble it up and add to a jar of marinara sauce served over pasta or zucchini noodles.
- Use it in place of ground meat to make chili or tacos.
- Chop it up and add it to vegetable soup.
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Classic Paula Deen Meatloaf - Old Fashioned Homemade Meatloaf
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup diced canned tomatoes with their juice
- 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375F degrees.
- In a large bowl mix together all meatloaf ingredients well. Place the mixture into a 9x13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish and shape into a loaf.
- Mix together the topping ingredients and spread over the loaf.
- Bake for about 45 - 60 minutes or until an instant read thermometer registers 155 degrees. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
Source: The Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook by Paula Deen
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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Originally published May 2011; Updated with new content and WW Points Jan 2020