Stovetop Meat Loaves Recipe
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Stovetop Meat Loaves Recipe

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Who says meat loaf has to bake in the oven for hours? For this convenient recipe, all you need is your stovetop and 30 minutes. It’s a quick, simple dish to make for one or two people. —Emily Sund, Geneseo, Illinois.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Italian tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 259 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 922mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the milk, oats, onion and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into two loaves.
  2. In a small nonstick skillet, brown loaves on all sides; drain. Combine the cornstarch, tomato sauce and water until smooth. Pour over meat loaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Stovetop Meat Loaves in Cooking for 2 Winter 2007, p26

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kgburgess User ID: 2727982 257517
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2016

"This was a delicious recipe for meatloaf! I've always made meatloaf in the oven, but this was a great alternative way to cook them. Simmering them in the sauce kept them nice and moist! I generally like more onion and "stuff" in my meatloaf, but this really suited my picky daughter. She ate it in record time! I served it with seasoned baked potatoes and peas. Yum!"

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 252915
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2016

"This was a really good meatloaf recipe. I doubled it to feed our family of 4. Instead of salt I used about 1/2 T of Montreal steak seasoning in the loaves. I also used the steak seasoning in the tomato gravy to taste."

b4jcol User ID: 8171685 225767
Reviewed May. 2, 2015

"Perfect for the two of us."

PaigeIdzerda User ID: 1582965 208288
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"This is an excellent and easy recipe, When the meat loaves were done, I put a slice of provolone cheese and dried parsley on top and left covered in the pan until cheese melted. I made these with the parmesan peas and rice (for 2). Thanks for a great recipe!"

jaxwilso8 User ID: 5411330 66089
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"My boyfriend and I have found a new meatloaf! My mom's is always the best of course, but this one is quick and amazing! Very tasty! I did add some Montreal Steak Seasoning to the mix."

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