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Best-Ever Meat Loaf Recipe

Best-Ever Meat Loaf Recipe

The combination of onion, carrots, parsley and cheese—plus the tomato-mustard topping—makes this meat loaf unusually colorful. It's an attractive entree to serve, and it has a unique, unforgettable flavor. The recipe lends itself easily to being doubled or halved to suit the number you're cooking for, and it also freezes well. —Anna Baker, Blaine, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + standing YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3 slices bread, torn
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar or part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, thyme or sage, optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add milk and bread; let stand until liquid is absorbed. Stir in the onion, carrot, cheese and seasonings. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  • 2. Shape into a 7-1/2-in. x 3-1/2-in. x 2-1/2-in. loaf in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes.
  • 3. Combine the topping ingredients; spoon half of the mixture over meat loaf. Bake 30 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°, occasionally spooning remaining topping over loaf. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 398 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 164mg cholesterol, 771mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein .

Reviews for Best-Ever Meat Loaf

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climbergirl
Reviewed May. 25, 2016

"This was pretty good. I'll make it again with some modifications. Mainly, my husband and I both thought the sauce was way too sweet. Next time, I'll cut it by at least half. I also added a couple cloves of garlic."

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Yarmel008
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2016

"The title of this recipe doesn't lie it is the Best-Ever Meatloaf! This has become one of our family favorites!"

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redmm97
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"Add a couple cloves of fresh garlic!!"

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Rivkel
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

"Very flavorful. Mt onions and carrots were not soft at the end, so next time I may cook them first and then add to the meat loaf to bake. This was delicious meatloaf. My boys and husband liked it which counts for everything."

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lmmanda
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"This is my extra picky son's favorite meatloaf. I always use ketchup in the topping instead of tomato sauce"

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GoVikes28
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"My family loved this recipe and my husband usually isn't a meatloaf fan!"

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Vancil
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"BEST meatloaf we've ever had"

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milo13
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2013

"This really was the best meatloaf I ever made. My husband agreed."

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Jingleboy
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"I have made this meat-loaf so many times, always make 2, one for us and one to give or freeze. I pass on the 'optional seasonings' and substitute ketchup and use swiss cheese, Glad it's still on the web-site, because I wore out the original copy. This is soooo good, and all men love meat loaf. Well, all men I know. I've been to your cooking school, highly recommended!"

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hjbrower
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"I love this recipe and so does my family. For 20 years I made the same recipe until I found this one and now this is the only one I make. The sauce is yummy! Love it! Thanks!!!"

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JkayC
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2013

"Great recipe! Everyone loves it."

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Grannymoira
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

"Excellent taste & texture- definitely a keeper."

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hareball44647
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"this recipe was awesome. i had 2lbs beef, so i increased to3 eggs and 4 slices of bread. as for the topping, i doubled recipe. it was perfect. awesome topping. this was an unbelievable recipe."

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kshea
Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"The BOMB! However, I make a sweet and sour topping: 1 can tomato sauce, l/2C sugar, l 1/2t dry mustard and l/4c vinegar."

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vanillaluv
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"When I want meat loaf, this is the one I make."

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JumpRiverGem
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2011

"I have made this meatloaf many times and it is always as good as I remember it. I highly recommend it."

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cassieandra23
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2011

"Everyone that has tried this recipe has loved it.. I make it often, switching up the kind of cheese used"

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karenwk
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"I used 1/2 oatmeal & 1/2 planko bread crumbs. I also used whatever spices I liked. For the sauce I used a little ketchup and tomato sauce and djon and brown mustard instead of regular! It turned out great! I also, added cheese to the top the last 15-20 minutes!"

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eye_lady
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"This was exellent, moist, yet the texture held together well. I used a 60/40 blend of ground beef and ground turkey, the thyme, and subbed ketchup for the tomato sauce. I have a few veggie haters, so I ran the carrots through a food proccesser to hide them. I will make this again and again...!"

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sofdee
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"I made this recipe tonight based on the reviews and it was horrible. It was too sweet and honestly kind of funky. We ended up throwing it out."

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diva.stoy
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"Definite keeper...Nice and moist. I used Panko breadcrumbs in place of the bread. The sauce is nice and tangy...I think I will also make it with brown gravy every now and then to change it up a bit. Sandwiches from the leftovers went fast so I think I'll double the recipe going forward. Great recipe...Thanks!"

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trbauer1016
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"By far the best meatload I've ever had. I also make it with ground turkey...yummy!"

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scurlock
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2010

"My family loves this meatloaf. I have made it using the different spices at different times and even use both cheeses in the same meatloaf. It always comes up a winner. The sauce is just the icing on the cake. Yummy!"

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hildybean
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"Now this really IS the best meatloaf ever! I haven't used my old standby recipe since I've discovered this one! LOVE it!"

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gracegiver
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"by far my favorite meatloaf recipe. And, of course, the best meatloaf sandwiches ever."

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hannapro
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2009

"Make this meat loaf and you'll never love another. I use thyme and sage, and sub ketchup for the tomato sauce making extra to dip in. YUM!!"

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pelber
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"This really is THE best ever. I always make 2 loaves at a time so that I always have some in the freezer for sandwiches!"

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greeneyes06
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2009

"Very Yummy! A good variation on my usual meatloaf. Thanks!

M. Thatcher"

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Allspice_Mo
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2009

"This sounds like it must be very good--where could I find the receipt?? Thanks

 
 
 
 
 
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Lori N
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2009

"I made this meatloaf last night for company and everyone enjoyed it, especially my husband. It's a recipe I will always make!"

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dinkum
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2009

"This meatloaf is so moist and tasty and with the tangy Topping it is a true winner with my grandchildren. I make it often."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.