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Easy Classic Meat Loaf Recipe

Easy Classic Meat Loaf Recipe

“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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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.

Reviews for Easy Classic Meat Loaf

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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 :-)"

Motorhomegal User ID: 2005041 108640
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"The onion soup is LOADED with salt as well as the V8 juice. Parm cheese also is salty."

bettyaking User ID: 2657428 188380
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"Have a question- this looks healthy as I am on a diet but where does the high sodium content come in? If it is the catsup and topping I could avoid that. Any ideas, anyone?"

Brenda Peak User ID: 5794809 127851
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"great meatloaf easy to make but i added onions because my family likes onion in meatloafs"

alyssas91 User ID: 5514453 211342
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"I absolutely LOVED this recipe, and it has become a family favorite! My family begs me to bring it to our big Thanksgiving dinner."

2mjohns User ID: 1841321 185674
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"Loaded with flavor! The best meat loaf I've ever made or tasted. I mixed a little worchestershire with the ketchup used on top and I also cooked it much longer, probably close to one hour. Definately going in the recipe box!"

ronjon3 User ID: 4666802 211341
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"This is possibly the worst meat loaf ever. Can someone give me a suggestion as to how to make what is left palatable?"

capatrick User ID: 917625 188347
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009

"Very flavorful and easy."

pixie9999 User ID: 2561170 174426
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"SImple to make, tastes great. I cooked it much longer, I like it a little denser."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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