My Take on Mom's Meat Loaf Recipe
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My Take on Mom's Meat Loaf Recipe

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Here's a lower-in-fat-and-salt take on my mother's original recipe. I substituted fresh ingredients like garlic, mushrooms and onions for dried onion soup mix and garlic powder, etc. It's still dense, hearty and tastes like home. —Brenda Moehringer, Gansevoort, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + standing
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + standing
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon steak sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 medium fresh mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • Barbecue sauce, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 slice: 264 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 503mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf; place in an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Drizzle with barbecue sauce if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as My Take on Mom's Meat Loaf in Healthy Cooking August/September 2009, p55

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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DuckyD User ID: 6546820 254227
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2016

"I made this exactly as written a couple of weeks ago., right down to the pictured zucchini and corn side dish. Both my son and I enjoyed it."

tkapp2010 User ID: 5960656 103979
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"My husband and I loved it and it also makes great leftovers!"

msdaisey User ID: 1222542 103978
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"did not add mushrooms(hubby doesn't like)

pretty good .I used ground chicken & I
think it made it a little tough"

MelanieDean User ID: 354077 182212
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2010

"Husband and I thought it tasted funny. I don't think the sage or the mushrooms work very well in this recipe. Also, steak sauce and Worcestershire both?? Won't make again."

Angel_Food User ID: 245187 179148
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2009

"This was good but a couple family members thought it had too much seasoning. I doubled the recipe and froze one."

Missybug User ID: 163037 118951
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2009

"Very nice meatloaf. Did not have the mushrooms, but it was great. Served it w/ TOH Veggie Tossed Salad and yukon gold potatoes. Low carb was the reason I tried the meatloaf."

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