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Quick Microwave Meat Loaf Recipe

I often fix this meat loaf since it's such a time-saver. It's also great in summer because I don't need to heat up the oven.—Becky Cain, Hutchinson, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + standing YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cracker crumbs (about 6 crackers)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
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Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the tomato sauce, brown sugar and mustard; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the egg, onion, cracker crumbs, salt, pepper and 3/4 cup of the sauce mixture. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  • 2. Shape into a uniform round loaf in a greased microwave-safe 9-in. pie plate. Cover with waxed paper. Microwave on high for 15-17 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°, turning dish a quarter turn every 5 minutes. Drain; top with remaining sauce mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 256 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 91 mg cholesterol, 696 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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