Hearty and warming, this meatloaf main course will satisfy the whole family
Serves: 6
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 1 hr 45 mins
Total time: 1 hr 55 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort


For the meatloaf:

    • 750g (11/2lb) minced beef
    • 1 medium egg, beaten
    • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped thyme or 2 level teaspoons dried thyme
    • 125g (4oz) medium oatmeal
    • 2 level tablespoons horseradish sauce
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the onion gravy:

    • 30g (1oz) butter
    • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
    • 2 medium onions, peeled and sliced
    • 1 level teaspoon caster sugar
    • 2 level tablespoons plain flour
    • 1 beef stock cube
    • Gravy browning or gravy salt
    • 1kg (2lb) loaf tin, buttered


To make the meatloaf:

    1. Set the oven to 180 degrees or gas Mark 4
    1. Put the minced beef into a bowl with the remaining ingredients and mix well
    1. Press mixture into the loaf tin and place this in a deep roasting tin
    1. Pour boiling water into larger tin, to come about halfway up the loaf tin.
    1. Place in the centre of the oven and bake for 1 1/2-1 3/4 hours, or until the juices are clear when the loaf is pierced with a skewer

To make the gravy:

    1. Melt the butter in a large pan and add the oil
    1. Add the sliced onions and sprinkle the sugar over
    1. Cook the onions over a low heat for 15-20 mins, stirring occasionally, until a pale golden colour
    1. Add the flour and mix well
    1. Gradually pour in 600ml (1 pint) boiling water, stirring well to give a smooth sauce
    1. Crumble in the stock cube and add gravy browning or gravy salt to colour as desired
    1. Bring to a gentle simmer, and cook for 2-3 mins, then season to taste with salt and pepper
    1. Remove the pan from the heat

To serve:

    1. When the loaf is cooked, remove it from the oven and lift the loaf tin out of the roasting tin
    1. Leave for about 10-15 minutes, then tip out any excess juices from the tin
    1. Turn the loaf out on to a plate and cut it into slices to serve
    1. Reheat the gravy, bring to the boil and pour it over the slices.

Nutritional information per portion


fat 29.0g saturates 12.0g calories 471(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.