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Sun-Dried Tomato Meat Loaf Recipe

Sun-Dried Tomato Meat Loaf Recipe

Our kitchen staff gives Italian flair to this lightened-up meat loaf by mixing in tangy sun-dried tomatoes. The recipe yields a large loaf, so save the extras for sandwiches! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + standing YIELD:10 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup ketchup


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes and water; let stand for 15 minutes or until softened. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, saute onion and green pepper in oil until tender. In a large bowl, combine the egg, milk and bread crumbs.
  • 2. Drain and chop the tomatoes; set aside 1/4 cup for topping. Add onion mixture, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, thyme and remaining chopped tomatoes to the egg mixture. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  • 3. Combine ketchup and reserved tomatoes; spread over loaf. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Drain; let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 169 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 515mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable.

Reviews for Sun-Dried Tomato Meat Loaf

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katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 226892
Reviewed May. 25, 2015

"When I took my first bite of this meatloaf I did not like it. There was a strange medicine taste. However, the more I ate, the better it tasted and I ended up eating two slices. I am looking forward to making the sandwich recipe with the leftovers."

olsoy User ID: 1106803 222153
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

"This was just delicious. I subbed oatmeal for the breadcrumbs, but kept eveything else as written- we all loved it!"

185gal User ID: 7344436 218300
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"Too spicy! I had never used sun-dried tomatoes before and did not realize what an intense flavor they have."

johnsonya User ID: 4353822 61351
Reviewed May. 6, 2012

"my nonmeatloaf eating daughter loved it!"

sunflwerchick User ID: 4096152 133769
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"Very good meatloaf! I followed the recipe to the the "T" and and it came out perfect! my children went back for seconds."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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