When I was in middle school they had the most wonderful meatloaf every Wednesday. People in the school district would come just to eat lunch in the cafeteria. It was in a great tomato and vegetable sauce. I never have found anything similar so I have been trying to figure out my own version. I still haven't gotten it down, but this is pretty darned good! If there is anyone out there who has a recipe that sounds like what I am looking for I would be forever grateful if you would share the recipe. Thanks!
First prepare sauce: In saucepan with butter saute vegetables until tender. Then add remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Then lower heat and keep at a very low, slow simmer while preparing meatloaf, allowing sauce to thicken.
2For meatloaf: I don't saute the vegetables for the meatloaf but you could do so if desired. Mix all ingredients for meatloaf until very well mixed. Spray a loaf pan and put meat mixture into 9 x 5 loaf pan, or you can form into a loaf and bake on a cookie sheet with sides on it. I have a pan that is a double meatloaf pan with the inserts that go in so you can take the meatloaf out of the pan easily. I just use one side and bake the meatloaf for 1 hour. Then, I use the second side for the remaining part of the cooking.
3After 1 hour remove meatloaf from oven and drain any grease, if possible. Then cover the meatloaf with most of the remaining sauce, saving some to use at the table. Finish baking the meatloaf for another 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to sit for about 10 minutes. Then serve, using the remaining sauce on each slice if desired.