1 T. olive oil
1 rib celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
1/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper
2 T. minced garlic
1 1/2 pounds lean ground chuck
3/4 cup oats, quick or old-fashioned
1/4 cup ketchup
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 t. salt
1 large egg, beaten
3 T. milk
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped celery, onion, carrot and bell pepper. Saute the veggies stirring occasionally until softened about 4 - 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 - 2 more minutes.
In a large bowl, mix ground beef, oats, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt and beaten egg,
Add the veggies and milk and stir to combine.
Spoon into a lightly greased 5 x 9 loaf pan.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 1 hour. Remove from oven.
Gently spread a thin layer of ketchup over meat loaf and return to oven for 10 minutes.
Isn't that pretty?
Remove from loaf pan and slice to serve.