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Simple Meat Loaf Recipe

Simple Meat Loaf Recipe

Craving the homey taste of mom's kitchen? With this recipe, your kitchen will soon fill with the aroma of great dinnertime memories, and you can enjoy this traditional favorite in under an hour. Meat loaf is economical and great for leftovers. Never made it before? No need to worry, it's simple to prepare using the following recipe from our Test Kitchen.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons meat loaf seasoning mix
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • Additional ketchup, optional


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf and place in an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • 2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Serve with additional ketchup if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1/4 each: 239 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 493mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 25g protein.

Reviews for Simple Meat Loaf

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cee-jay User ID: 1579946 243802
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2016

"Question: What is meat loaf seasoning mix and were is it located in the grocery store? Is there a quick sub I can use?"

gismo25gidget User ID: 2104044 181780
Reviewed May. 6, 2011

"My husband loves this meatloaf. I bake it in 2 small loaf pans so we get 2 meals out of it with just the right portions. I would definately recommend this recipe"

pinoak User ID: 4705714 163973
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

"very easy to follow and make, subsituted quick oats for the bread crumbs"

pinkdaisy User ID: 4850034 210793
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"I have made this recipe for years. I have used crushed crackers instead of bread crumbs as well as I also add chopped chilli peppers or bell pepper. Great recipe!"

Pruehle User ID: 2926899 183182
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"This recipe is simple and very good. Instead of ground beef, I used ground bison. My husband and my daugther loved it!"

gismo25gidget User ID: 2104044 181778
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2010

"When I made this recipe, I did not have ketsup so I used tomato sauce. This has to be the best meat loaf both my husband and I ever tasted. I cooked it is a 5 3/4 X 3" loaf pan. I will be making this recipe quite often."

brandirhoff User ID: 2603192 166050
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"My husband loved this meat loaf! It was very simple to make and healthy, too; what more can you ask for?"

cocoafevr User ID: 3180149 181248
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2009

"i was craving meatloaf so i decided to try this. it was almost as good as my grandmothers without the added fat! i will add more sweetness next time though"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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