Easy Meat Loaf Recipe

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"My mother-in-law invented this recipe by mistake, but it was so well received, it became the most popular way for her to make meat loaf," says Pat Jensen of Oak Harbor, Ohio. "With just five ingredients, it couldn't be any easier."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed French onion soup, undiluted
  • 1-1/3 cups crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 33 crackers)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed golden mushroom soup, undiluted

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 439 calories, 21 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 128 mg cholesterol, 1,464 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 28 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, onion soup and cracker crumbs. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf. Place in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes.
  2. Pour mushroom soup over loaf. Bake 1 hour longer or until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°; drain. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Easy Meat Loaf in Quick Cooking May/June 2002, p61

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 439 calories, 21 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 128 mg cholesterol, 1,464 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 28 g protein.

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

My meatloaves tend to come out dry, but this recipe came out nice and moist. Easy and tasty comfort food. Martymi - besides mixing the meatloaf more, make sure you use 90% lean ground beef - the fattier grades release much more grease into the gravy and make everything mushier.

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Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

Easy and my family loved it!!!

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Reviewed Sep. 14, 2009

the more you mix it the more it will come together

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Reviewed Oct. 9, 2008

Plenty of sodium in this recipe, but it's awesome! Probably one of my favorite meat loaf recipes.

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Reviewed Aug. 6, 2008

I'm not sure why, but mine turned out like meat loaf mush. Not a loaf at all. It tasted good, but still . . . . Any suggestions?

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