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Country Herbed Meat Loaf

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour Bake: 1 hour


8-10 servings

I have three small children and I'm always trying new meat loaf recipes. This recipe is something I developed, and it's one of the first meat loaves that my kids really went for. See if your kids like it, too!


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 pounds ground beef or combination of ground beef, pork and veal
  • 1 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten


  1. In a skillet, heat oil on high. Saute the mushrooms; onion and garlic. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper and sugar. Remove 1-1/2 cups. Add water, bay leaf and basil to skillet. Simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all meat loaf ingredients with 1-1/2 cups reserved sauce. press into a 9x5-in. loaf pan lined with waxed paper. Unmold onto a roasting pan. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Remove from oven; drain. Spread 1/2 cup of herb sauce over top of meat loaf. Return to oven for 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf and serve remaining sauce over individual servings.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 334 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 103mg cholesterol, 625mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein.

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