Garden Fresh Rustic Meatloaf Recipe

Today’s recipe share is one I know you will love because it is simple and includes garden herbs and vegetables. Brens’s Garden Fresh Rustic Meatloaf Recipe is one you’ll want to enjoy year-round.

Be sure to check out my new pressure cooker meatloaf recipe that will cut your time in 1/2 and guarantee moist and tasty meal! 

You know, true Italian cooking is basically using what you have on hand. I heard that on a cooking show I use to watch on TV.  Ingredients that usually out of the garden used to create a fabulous meal to put on the table for the family is my favorite way of cooking.  With that in mind, there is no wonder why I am a big fan of true Italian cooking.

Brens’ Garden Fresh Rustic Meatloaf Recipe

Rustic Meatloaf Recipe

Before starting this recipe I am sure to have a few ingredients from the garden.  Pick the herbs like parsley, thyme and garlic chive before preparing the meat.

Brens’ Garden Fresh Meatloaf

Brens’ Garden Fresh Meatloaf


  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2  tablespoons  water
  • 1.5  pounds  ground beef, I use sirloin 90/10
  • 1/2 cup of celery ( diced)
  • 1/2  cup  chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced mushrooms
  • 1/3  cup  chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves of fresh Garlic / diced
  • 1  teaspoon  dried basil
  • dash of sea  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  black pepper
  • 2  large egg whites
  • Olive Oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse breadcrumbs measure 1 1/2 cups.
  3. Combine breadcrumbs and water in a large bowl; add remaining ingredients except the olive oil.
  4. Shape meat mixture into a loaf shape 12  x 9-inch loaf on a broiler pan coated with olive oil. 
  5. Make a 1/2 inch tunnel on top of the loaf and add favorite tomato sauce. (ketchup, salsa or marinara)
  6. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a thermometer registers 160°.
  7. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  8. Cut the loaf into 12 slices.

This recipe has been my creation as long as I’ve been growing my own home garden!

* I want to note that I added Ketchup to the top of the meatloaf to please the kiddo’s in our family.  To some, it just isn’t meatloaf without the ketchup on top! You can also use salsa or Italian marinara sauce.  There are so many small tomato varieties available today that I love using my roasted tomato recipe as a topping for an Italian spin.

This Garden Fresh Rustic Meatloaf Recipe taste amazing served on homemade bread or served with potatoes. Check out my Rustic Red Potato Bake Recipe on my site to make this a meal. Serve the Red Potato Dish on the side to complete the Rustic Meatloaf Meal. I enjoyed this dish on the deck with a fabulous glass of Napa Valley RED wine.  YUMMY!!!!

Let’s Connect

I’d love to hear what you think about meatloaf. Coincidently, I have a contact page where you can leave me a detailed message.  My husband is a huge fan of this meal and I hope your family enjoys it as well.

Happy Cooking,

5 thoughts on “Garden Fresh Rustic Meatloaf Recipe”

  1. aloha,

    wow, that looks delicious…can i have a platefull, and did you mention you just made some tiramisu in the fridge????

    aaah yes, there’s nothing like using fresh ingredients from a garden:)

  2. IT was super tasty so I hope you give this recipe a try when the garden is putting out some rustic YUMMIES!

  3. These all look so delicious. I make those potatoes quite often. I add sliced garlic to them. The roasted garlic flavor with the rosemary is so good. My kids call them killer potatoes.

    • Thank you for stopping by my blog – I love garlic too but am to intimidated by them to add slices to the dish. Maybe I will break out of my shell and give that a try this year!


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