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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 meat loaf (calculated without additional ketchup) equals 239 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 493 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 25 g protein.

Reviews for Simple Meat Loaf

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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?"

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"

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

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

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!"

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!"

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."

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?"

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.