Country Herbed Meat Loaf Recipe
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Country Herbed Meat Loaf Recipe

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I have three small children and I'm always trying new meat loaf recipes. This recipe is something I developed, and it's one of the first meat loaves that my kids really went for. See if your kids like it, too!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 pounds ground beef or combination of ground beef, pork and veal
  • 1 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 334 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 103mg cholesterol, 625mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein .


  1. In a skillet, heat oil on high. Saute the mushrooms; onion and garlic. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper and sugar. Remove 1-1/2 cups. Add water, bay leaf and basil to skillet. Simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all meat loaf ingredients with 1-1/2 cups reserved sauce. press into a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan lined with waxed paper. Unmold onto a roasting pan. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Remove from oven; drain. Spread 1/2 cup of herb sauce over top of meat loaf. Return to oven for 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf and serve remaining sauce over individual servings. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Country Herbed Meat Loaf in Country Extra January 1992, p47

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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nanitew1949 41103
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"Sauce was to tangy my family didn't like this recipe at all"

piperdelph 41102
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"Great texture, try stuffing with Spinach and mushrooms and swiss cheese."

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