Healthy Slow-Cooked Meat Loaf Recipe
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Healthy Slow-Cooked Meat Loaf Recipe

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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
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)

Nutritional 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.


  1. Cut four 20-in. x 3-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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Meat Loaf in Healthy Cooking April/May 2010, p44

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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mjmurphy User ID: 1434956 211602
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6459580 110101
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2012

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

letahapp User ID: 869400 176450
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2012

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

taffysugar User ID: 1434851 171432
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3034114 104104
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2373095 104102
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2488720 121069
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1097845 186924
Reviewed 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."

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