Meat Loaf with Scratch Tomato Sauce

Meatloaf, red sauce, mashed potatoes and baby peas… is there a more comforting meal?  And, somehow, it’s still all about the meatloaf sandwiches.

Scratch Tomato Sauce

4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup water
splash of red wine vinegar
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 bay leaf
1/4- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
salt, to taste

In a food processor, process 1 cup of tomatoes and water.  Place processed tomatoes and all remaining ingredients in a large sauce pan.  Bring to a simmer.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes.


2 lbs ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon basil, powdered
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, finely chopped
1 jumbo egg
1 Tablelspoon tomato paste
1/2 cup Scratch Tomato Sauce (above)

Combine all ingredients.  Mix by hand to combine.  Form a loaf in a large baking dish.  Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes.  Spoon off excess fat from baking dish and discard.  Pour tomato sauce over meat loaf and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes or until meat loaf is cooked through in the center.

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