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Cream of Mushroom Meatloaf Without Breadcrumbs

This Cream of Mushroom Meatloaf without breadcrumbs features savory ground beef and oats topped with a creamy mushroom gravy. It’s the perfect Sunday comfort food!

Cream of mushroom meatloaf with gravy and sides on a wood plate.

Eating meatloaf for Sunday dinner growing up always reminded me of the scene from ‘A Christmas Story‘ when Randy doesn’t want to eat dinner.

His mom makes meatloaf and he pushes the food around while saying, “Meatloaf, meatloaf, double, double beetloaf. I hate meatloaf!” Eventually, his mom convinces him to eat the dinner by stuffing his face in his plate of mashed potatoes mixed with meatloaf.

While I didn’t hate meatloaf, I definitely made my own version of Randy’s dinner to hide the taste and texture of the onions.

We affectionately termed this concoction, “meatloaf surprise.”

I don’t have to eat meatloaf that way anymore, because I’m an adult now (lol) and because my mom’s recipe is actually very delicious.

There’s no ketchup in this cream of mushroom meatloaf without breadcrumbs, which is just the way I like it!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Meatloaf ingredients including ground beef, oats and an egg on white table.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Combine 1½ pounds ground beef, 3/4 cup oats, 1½ teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/4 cup chopped onions, 1 beaten egg, half a (10.75 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup, 1/4 cup milk, and 1/8 teaspoon of sage in a medium mixing bowl.

Meatloaf mixture with oats and wooden spoon in large metal mixing bowl.

Pack the mixture into a 9 x 5 loaf pan.

Uncooked ground beef meatloaf mixture in loaf baking pan with kitchen towel.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

After 1 hour, remove the meatloaf from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes.

While the meatloaf is resting, heat the remaining 2 (10.75 ounce) cans of cream of mushroom soup in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add 2/3 cup milk or half and half a little at a time until desired consistency.

Meatloaf gravy ingredients in metal sauce pot on top of tan cooling pad.

Carefully drain 1-2 tablespoons of liquid off of meatloaf and add to gravy along with salt, pepper, and sage to taste.

Woman pours meatloaf drippings from small bowl into gravy in metal sauce pot.

SERVE gravy over mashed potatoes and meatloaf.

Meatloaf gravy in medium sized sauce pot with wooden spoon on hot pad.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Cooked homemade meatloaf inside metal loaf baking pan on wooden cutting board.

This recipe calls for 1½ pounds of ground beef, as do most meatloaf recipes. If you only have 1 pound of ground beef, you’ll need to adjust the liquid and binding ingredients. Suggested amounts are ½ cup oats, ⅓ can of cream of mushroom soup, and 2 tablespoons of milk.

If you’re not a big onion fan like me, feel free to substitute 1 teaspoon of onion powder or dried minced onions for the fresh onion.

As often as I’ve made this recipe (and my mom has made it) I’ve never seen the pieces hold together really well. They usually fall apart when you remove them from the loaf pan. This recipe still tastes amazing, but if you’re concerned about the pieces falling apart, be sure to follow the suggestions in the FAQ section below!

You can make the gravy as thick or thin as you’d like by adding more or less milk than called for.

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FAQs

Pieces of meatloaf without breadcrumbs with mashed potatoes and green beans on dinner plate.
What can you substitute for bread crumbs in meatloaf?


This recipe obviously calls for oats, but here are a few other substitutions you can use for bread crumbs in meatloaf:

-panko
-cracker or pretzel crumbs
-crushed cornflakes or other unsweetened cereals
-boxed stuffing
-cooked rice
-dried soup mix

Why is my meatloaf not firm?


One of the main reasons your meatloaf isn’t firm is because the ratio of meat to liquid and fillers isn’t correct.

If you find that your meatloaf is falling apart when you serve it, try these fixes:

1. Reduce the meatloaf filler and liquid by half
2. Add more meat
3. Use the inverted loaf pan or free form method
4. Cook the meatloaf for 10 minutes longer

What can I put on top of meatloaf instead of ketchup?


If you’re not a fan of ketchup meatloaf or you’re looking for some other options try barbeque sauce or mushroom soup gravy like this recipe calls for.

How long should meatloaf rest?


A meatloaf should rest for 10 minutes for it to firm up enough for serving.

The 10 minutes it takes for the meatloaf to rest is the perfect time to make the mushroom soup gravy to go over the meat and mashed potatoes!

I hope your family loves this cream of mushroom meatloaf without breadcrumbs! If you make it, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!

 

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Cream of mushroom meatloaf with gravy and sides on a wood plate.

Mushroom Soup Meatloaf Without Breadcrumbs

The Ashcroft Family Table
This Mushroom Soup Meatloaf without breadcrumbs features savory ground beef and oats and is topped with a creamy mushroom gravy. It's the perfect Sunday comfort food!
4.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 296 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 ½ lbs ground beef*
  • ¾ cup oats
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 5.4 ounces cream of mushroom soup, half a 10.75 ounce can
  • ¼ cup milk
  • teaspoon dried sage

Gravy

  • 16 ounces cream of mushroom soup, 1½ cans worth
  • cup milk, or half and half
  • 1-2 tablespoons meatloaf drippings
  • salt, pepper, dried sage, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine ground beef, oats, salt, pepper, chopped onions, egg, ½ can cream of mushroom soup, milk, and sage in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Pack the mixture into a 9 x 5 loaf pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, remove the meatloaf from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • While the meatloaf is resting, heat the 1 ½ cans of cream of mushroom soup in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add milk or half and half a little at a time until desired consistency.
  • Carefully drain 1-2 tablespoons of liquid off of meatloaf and add to gravy along with salt, pepper, and sage to taste.
  • Serve gravy over mashed potatoes and meatloaf.

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Notes

You will need a total of 2 (10.75 ounce) cans of cream of mushroom soup for this recipe.
*If you only have 1 pound of ground beef, you’ll need to adjust the liquid and binding ingredients. Suggested amounts are ½ cup oats, ⅓ can of cream of mushroom soup, and 2 tablespoons of milk.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 754mg | Potassium: 350mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg
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Recipe Rating




Jodie Lea

Tuesday 20th of December 2022

In the notes you suggest adding bbq sauce when making the recipe with one pound of ground beef, but you don’t have that ingredient in the standard recipe.

Is it supposed to have bbq sauce? Why the difference?

Jessica Ashcroft

Tuesday 20th of December 2022

Hi Jodie! Thank you so much for that catch. I had made it with BBQ sauce a few times but decided it tasted better without. I took that out of the recipe in the post and the recipe card but missed it in the note. The recipe as you see it is how it was originally written, without BBQ sauce.

Brynn Anderson

Sunday 3rd of April 2022

We made this with ground turkey instead of beef (it’s what we had on hand) and it turned out amazing! Thank you for the recipe!

Jessica Ashcroft

Monday 4th of April 2022

I'm so glad to hear that Brynn! I often use ground turkey as well :) so good!