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


  • 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 slice: 439 calories, 21g fat (6g saturated fat), 128mg cholesterol, 1464mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein


  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

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"Really wanted to like this because it was so easy to make and smelled so good baking. As some others said, mine turned out mushy. I even used two pounds of ground beef instead of one. Will stick to my old recipe and definitely not make this one again."

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."

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"Easy and my family loved it!!!"

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2009

"the more you mix it the more it will come together"

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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