Beetroot and pork meatloaf with a spicy coco cola tomato sauce

I feel so ready for the summer, we have the odd really warm day and then some cold weather sweeps in and out comes the big jacket again. The cold weather makes me feel like eating comfort food and meatloaf is way up there for me. I love it with mash and lots of gravy and pickled cucumber. It can get a little heavy so I try to add as much vegetables as I can and this time I had a spare beetroot that needed using and I thought it would be nice in the meatloaf.


Beetroot meatloaf

preparation time 10 minutes

cooking time 40 minutes

oven 180C or 350F

serves 4-6


  • 750 gr or 26.5 oz pork mince
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp dried breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 beetroot
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Place the dried breadcrumbs in the bowl with the milk. Add the egg and the pork mince and mix.

Cut the carrot and the celery stalk fine. Grate the garlic, onion and beetroot and add to the pork mince with the pesto.




When everything is mixed shape in to a meatloaf and roast in the oven. It is ready when it is firm to touch, after about 40 minutes. I liked the colour the beetroot gave it.




Whilst the meatloaf is cooking make the tomato sauce. I got the idea to make the tomato sauce as I eat meatloaf with lingonberry jam, when in Sweden or ketchup.


Cocoa cola and tomato sauce

preparation time 5 minutes 

cooking time 30 minutes 

serves 2-3


  • 3 dl or 1 1/2 cup of beef stock
  • 1 dl or 1/2 cup coca cola
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 dl or 1 cup of tinned crushed tomato
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • a knob of butter to finish the sauce off

Place the stock, coca cola, vinegar, tomato, honey and hot sauce in a pan. Bring to a boil, stir and reduce until half remains. Taste and add more hot sauce, honey or salt if needed.  When you are happy with the flavour mix the corn starch with a little cold water and thicken the sauce. Let this boil out for a couple of minutes and then add a knob of butter just before serving. You don’t need a lot, it makes the sauce glossy and adds a little richness.


I served the meatloaf with boiled potatoes and pickle cucumber, the sauce worked so well and it was a little bit like a hug on a plate.




I don’t make meatloaf very often but it is a perfect dish for adding plenty of veg, making for a light but still satisfying dinner that will suit all ages.







5 Responses to “Beetroot and pork meatloaf with a spicy coco cola tomato sauce”
  1. Wow that sounds awesome and with coco cola? 😀

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