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Meatloaf for Passover

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This delicious dairy free Meatloaf for Passover recipe is the simplest meatloaf recipe ever. Just mix and place in oven and you’re done. It’s that easy!

2 slices of meatloaf on a white plate with mashed potatoes and long green beans

Meatloaf for Passover is an easy dish to have anytime during the week of Passover. Have for lunch or dinner, on a plate or in a matzo sandwich.

A little of my cooking background

I really wanted to title this blog “If I can make it, anyone can”, because – honestly – if I can make it, anyone can.

I never really liked cooking and when I was single, a meal for me meant grilled cheese, eggs, tuna, or something else that didn’t require effort or time.

When my kids were young, I was still able to get away with preparing only a small variety of easy meals, but the older they got, the more dishes I learned to make at their request.

Still, I insisted on keeping it simple.

Honestly, I never understood why some cooks unnecessarily complicate meals. I have seen recipes that have several ingredients that don’t really seem to add much, if anything, to the dish. So, why bother?

It has always been important to me that whoever eats at my table will have plenty to enjoy and that includes my kids (I never agreed with the “You will eat what is served or you won’t eat” ideology) and, because I keep it simple, I can prepare a variety of dishes in a relatively short period of time.

I have a philosophy regarding being a great cook: Prepare food according to the tastes of those who will be eating it and they will love your cooking!

As far as I am concerned, start with the basic ingredients that make the dish what it is, adapt according to taste, and voila! you are an amazing cook!

The bottom line is that while there are certainly delicate recipes out there for specialty dishes, making delicious meals doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. It’s not difficult to impress – just make sure it tastes good.

While some of the recipes on my blog are more time-consuming than others, they are all tried and true easy-shmeezy!

Of course, one always has to consider the conditions under which they cook. Weather (humidity, heat, cold), different types of ovens, different quality of pots, etc. – all of which can affect your cooking and baking.

Nevertheless, as I said, if I can do it, anyone can!

Food on Passover

Torah observant Jews do not eat chametz (the fermented products of five grains: wheat, spelt, barley, oats and rye).

In addition, Torah observant Ashkenazi Jews do not eat kitniyot (or kitniyos as pronunced in Ashkenazi Hebrew). These include: legumes, corn, rice, and similar that were deemed forbidden to eat by rabbis in the medieval period and are still not eaten today. Sephardi and Mizrachi Jews do not follow this tradition.

Many ovservant Ashkenazi Jews will not even eat the derivatives of these kitniyot, while others do (each family holds their own traditions regarding this).

Then, there are Ashkenazim who don’t eat “gebrochts”.

Gebrochts means “broken” in Yiddish – and in this case refers to matza that has absorbed liquid. Not eating gebrochts is observed by many in the Hasidic Jewish community and Ashkenazim who have taken on this tradition where they basically don’t mix anything wet with matza.

So, things like matzo sandwhiches, fried matzo, and even matzo balls are a no-no for them.

There is a joke that sums it all up:

On Passover, we should remember people who have little to eat on this holiday. They are called Ashkenazim.

Over the years, I have learned to adapt “normal” food for passover so that my family won’t complain about boring, tasteless, or repetitive meals.

I find that having good food and variety makes the week of Passover a very pleasant experience and I hope this recipe will help make yours just that!

So, take a little time, make Meatloaf for Passover and …enjoy!

Yield: 6 servings

Meatloaf for Passover

2 slices of meatloaf on a white plate with mashed potatoes and long green beans

Easiest Passover meatloaf from scratch.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 2 tablespoons onion soup mix
  • 1/4 cup matza meal
  • 1 egg
  • Ketchup


  1. Mix ground meat with onion soup mix, 1/4 cup matza meal, and egg in a mixing bowl.
  2. Place mixture in a greased loaf pan (the longer the pan, the lower the loaf will be).
  3. Spread ketchup over the top.
  4. Bake uncovered at 350°F for 40-45 minutes or until cooked through as desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 486mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 23g

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Wednesday 14th of June 2023

Really a great little recipe. The Matzo meal really does way better than breadcrumbs. Only thing I would say is cook it longer than 30 mins 45-50 is more in line if you don’t want it too rare.


Wednesday 12th of July 2023

It may depend on the oven. Thanks for the feedback!

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