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Country Herbed Meat Loaf

 Country Herbed Meat Loaf
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!
8-10 ServingsPrep: 1 hour Bake: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • HERB SAUCE:
  • 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
  • MEAT LOAF:
  • 2 pounds ground beef or combination of ground beef, pork and veal
  • 1 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Directions

  • 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,

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Country Herbed Meat Loaf (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 334 calories, 18 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 103 mg cholesterol, 625 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 23 g protein.
Wine: Light-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.