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Healthy Slow-Cooked Meat Loaf

What could be easier than this recipe for an Italian-inspired meat loaf made in the slow cooker? No fuss, easy cleanup and great taste; it's all right here! —Sharon Delaney-Chronis, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)


  • Cut four 20x3-in. strips of heavy-duty foil; crisscross so they resemble spokes of a wheel. Place strips on the bottom and up the sides of a 3-qt. slow cooker. Coat strips with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, 1 cup spaghetti sauce, egg, onion, and seasonings. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf; place in the center of the strips.
  • Spoon remaining spaghetti sauce over meat loaf. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until a thermometer reads 160°. Using foil strips as handles, remove meat loaf to a platter.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 243 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 635mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

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  • mjmurphy
    Jan 28, 2014

    My husband really liked the flavor of this meatloaf. However, he did miss the texture normally associated with this dish. When we have this again, and we will, I will probably use fresh chopped onion instead of dried and add some chopped green pepper. Thank you for an easy and delicious recipe.

  • BataviaRussell
    Jul 4, 2012

    delicious, moist and SO easy to do! Loved it!!

  • letahapp
    Jan 6, 2012

    This sounds like a good recipe. I would use a slow cooker bag inplace of the foil strips.

  • taffysugar
    Jan 5, 2012

    I hesitate to try this recipe due to aluminum strips used to line slow cooker. Acidic tomato sauce and foil don`t mix in my opinion

  • NJ_mommy_1
    May 24, 2011

    This meatloaf was good! Since my family is on a low sodium diet I used half of low sodium spaghetti sauce and half of the regular spaghetti sauce and it still tasted good. I also did not use salt. Thanks for the recipe. Will use again :-)

  • tthorsen
    Aug 30, 2010

    My husband doesn't usually care for meat loaf but he liked this one. It was very easy and did cook for us in 3.5 hours. I was pleasantly surprised that it tasted like meatloaf with just a slight Italian edge. I was afraid the spaghetti sauce would be overpowering.

  • nancydh
    Jul 15, 2010

    Very tasty but took longer to cook than the suggested 3-4 hours in my slow cooker - about 6 hours at low

  • idiot54
    Apr 11, 2010

    flavor is very good but the texture was a little to smooth for us. Next time we are adding chopped onions. But there will be a next time, very easy for a busy day.