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:1 starch, 2 medium-fat meat


  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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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 :)"

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

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

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."

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."

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!"

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