Mama's Tasty Meatloaf w/"Red Gravy"

Megan Todd


Meatloaf... it's a comfort food for sure. I haven't really had a "recipe" per say. I just made it. My son and youngest daughter request meatloaf at least every other week, especially through the fall & winter months. They call it "meat with red gravy." It can be made in the oven or crock pot. Either way, it always comes out so tender and delicious!
With any left over meatloaf I make a meatloaf parmigiana sandwich. That is, if there is any left over.
I decided to take note of my recipe when preparing it a couple days ago. The kids insist on having the recipe. So here it is.


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10 Min
1 Hr 45 Min


  • 3 lb
    ground round
  • 1 lb
    bulk turkey sausage, mild
  • 1 c
    gluten free whole grain oats, (pulse in blender until texture of bread crumbs)
  • 1/4 c
    parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 c
    bread crumbs, ( i use my homemade gluten free. you can use regular)
  • 2 large
    eggs, beat
  • 2 Tbsp
    italian seasoning
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c
    ketchup, plus some for top of meatloaf
  • ·
    sea salt to taste
  • ·
    fresh cracked pepper to taste

  • 1-28 oz
    can tomato sauce (my grandmother always made hers with tomato soup, delicious!)
  • 1 1/2 c

How to Make Mama's Tasty Meatloaf w/"Red Gravy"


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

    In a large bowl, add ground round and mild Italian turkey sausage, mix together well.
  2. In a blender, pulse GF whole grain oats until they are fine, texture like bread crumbs.
  3. Combine oats, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper together.
    Add to meat mixture and mix well until all is blended evenly.
  4. Add minced garlic, ketchup, and beaten eggs to meat mixture. mix well. Form meat into an oblong loaf and place in a casserole dish.
  5. Mix together Italian tomato sauce and water, pour around meatloaf in casserole dish.

    Squeeze additional ketchup over top of meatloaf in a criss-cross pattern if you like. (My husband insists!)
  6. Bake covered in preheated oven at 375 degrees F for one hour.
    Remove cover and finish baking for 30-45 minutes or until loaf is cooked all the way through.
  7. Remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes, remove meat from dish and slice in one inch pieces.
    Serve with mashed potatoes and use the "red gravy" atop your potatoes and meat.

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