Flavor Bomb Meatloaf with Rich Tomato Sauce

This meatloaf recipe is a true “flavor bomb,” combining rich and savory ingredients that deliver a delightful taste experience. The combination of soft, juicy meatloaf with a robust, deeply flavorful sauce will surprise and satisfy the whole family. Here’s how to make this delicious meal.


For the Meatloaf:

  • 20g (0.7 oz) soft butter
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 500g (18 oz) minced meat (such as beef or pork)
  • 2 onions, finely minced
  • 5g (0.2 oz) salt
  • 5g (0.2 oz) black pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 ml (8.5 fl oz) milk
  • 150g (5.3 oz) mozzarella, shredded

For the Sauce:

  • 5g (0.2 oz) salt
  • 150g (5.3 oz) tomato paste
  • 7g (0.2 oz) granulated garlic
  • 5g (0.2 oz) black pepper
  • 7g (0.2 oz) onion powder
  • 5g (0.2 oz) sweet paprika
  • 4g (0.1 oz) mustard powder
  • 10 ml (0.3 fl oz) apple cider vinegar
  • 15 ml (0.5 fl oz) Worcestershire sauce
  • 25 ml (0.8 fl oz) brewed coffee


  1. Prepare the Meatloaf Mixture:
    • Soak the slice of bread in 250 ml of milk until fully absorbed.
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the minced meat with the soaked bread, soft butter, finely minced onions, salt, black pepper, and eggs. Mix well until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
    • Gently fold in the shredded mozzarella, being careful not to overmix to keep the meatloaf tender.
  2. Shape and Bake the Meatloaf:
    • Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F).
    • Transfer the meat mixture to a loaf pan or shape it into a loaf on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    • Place in the oven and bake for about 1 hour or until the meatloaf is cooked through and has an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C).
  3. Make the Sauce:
    • While the meatloaf is baking, combine tomato paste, salt, granulated garlic, black pepper, onion powder, sweet paprika, mustard powder, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and brewed coffee in a saucepan.
    • Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce is heated through and the flavors meld together, about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Finish the Meatloaf:
    • Once the meatloaf is nearly done, remove it from the oven and drain any excess grease.
    • Pour the prepared sauce over the meatloaf, spreading it evenly.
    • Return the meatloaf to the oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes to allow the sauce to set and caramelize slightly.
  5. Serve:
    • Let the meatloaf rest for about 10 minutes after removing it from the oven before slicing. This helps the juices redistribute and makes the meatloaf easier to slice.
    • Serve warm, garnished with fresh parsley or basil if desired.


This Flavor Bomb Meatloaf offers a rich and satisfying dinner option, perfect for a cozy family meal. The unique addition of brewed coffee in the sauce deepens the flavor, creating a complex and aromatic topping that complements the juicy meatloaf perfectly. Enjoy this hearty dish with a side of mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, or a crisp salad for a complete meal.