Easy Classic Meat Loaf Recipe
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Easy Classic Meat Loaf Recipe

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“My mother made this tender, moist meat loaf at least every other week—and always served it with scalloped potatoes. It was one of my favorite meals growing up.” You’ll be amazed by all the flavor from just a handful of pantry ingredients! Helen Lipko - Martinsburg, PA
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (5-1/2 ounces) V8 juice
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/3 cup ketchup

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 236 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 679mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 medium-fat meat, 1 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, V8 juice, bread crumbs, soup mix, cheese and garlic powder. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Pat into an ungreased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50 minutes. Spread ketchup over top; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Meat Loaf in Simple & Delicious January/February 2010, p48

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Angie197934 User ID: 7407735 145757
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"This was very delicious! I didn't have v8 juice on hand and instead added half a can of tomato soup! I will definitely make this again! Thanks for sharing :)"

Sunshinebakerpa User ID: 7360500 102756
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"I make the recipe as stated. It takes about 1h10min to bake in my oven."

hannahsmommy User ID: 4277558 187309
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"This was very good, however 30 mins is not nearly long enough. I baked mine for 40 mins (knowing how long my meatloaf usually takes) and then added the ketchup and baked for another 10 mins and it was still nearly raw in the center. Next time I will bake for an hour before adding ketchup and then another 15 mins."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1479966 127854
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"Not a meatloaf fan but this was easy & delicious. Husband & kids agreed! I also had to cook longer than the recipe called for, probably closer to an hour."

sarahgunn User ID: 6198287 145756
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

"This recipe is wonderful! I am a beginner cook and not a very good one so far - but I couldn't mess this one up! I added some diced onions and mushrooms and it came out perfect! Thank you Taste of Home!"

Granny Grey User ID: 1970189 108643
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2011

"This is now the meatloaf that I make all the time. Through the years I've tried MANY different recipes, but I found this is my favorite to make, it's simple and delicious and makes a great leftover for meatloaf sandwiches. I do add a little bit more breadcrumbs and less ketchup because my son does not like ketchup, but other than that, I follow the recipe as stated. Thank you so much for sharing!"

criskokid User ID: 2910066 185641
Reviewed May. 17, 2011

"This is a great meatloaf recipe and easy to put together with ingredients that are often on the shelf. I used the Panko italian bread crumbs and added a little extra garlic. My family loved it!! Will definitely make again!"

priscillasalehi User ID: 5188285 118873
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"I haven't made meatloaf in a long time and stumbled on this recipe. It was a hit and I will definitely be making it again. I will try to make it with ground turkey next time."

jdandgina User ID: 334896 145755
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"My family loved this meat loaf! Even my super picky eater had seconds! It was moist and very flavorful. We will be making this one again!"

justjenjones User ID: 2835277 145754
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"I only buy the reduced sodium V-8 juice, but I don't know if they have reduced sodium onion soup mix or parmesan cheese but wouldn't hurt to look ... you can also buy reduced sodium ketchup. I will definitely be trying this, but will probably add chopped onion and grated carrot, as we like those in our meatloaf :-)"

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