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Basic Meatloaf

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Basic Meatloaf
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Ingredients 8
  • Servings 6
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Every home cook needs a Basic Meatloaf recipe. With just 10 minutes of prep time, you can pull together a quick and easy meatloaf for a hearty dinner in a flash. This is the perfect recipe if you're learning how to make meatloaf for the first time. Once you get the hang of it, try some of our Expert Tips below to turn this Basic Meatloaf recipe into a dinner that reflects your family's favorite tastes.
Updated Mar 8, 2021

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce or ketchup
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Progresso™ Plain Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chili sauce or ketchup, if desired

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, combine all ingredients except 3 tablespoons chili sauce; mix well. Press mixture firmly in ungreased 8x4-inch loaf pan.
  • 2
    Bake at 350°F. for 30 minutes. Top with 3 tablespoons chili sauce. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until thoroughly cooked in center and meat thermometer registers 160°F. Let stand 5 minutes. Remove from pan.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    This is a good basic meatloaf recipe. Make it your own by experimenting with other types or combinations of ground meat or poultry, different herbs or by using different kinds of binders such as fresh bread crumbs, cooked rice or oatmeal.
  • tip 2
    Serve meatloaf with garlicky mashed potatoes and a fresh salad. Go all out nostalgic and make wedge salads with blue cheese dressing, bacon and chopped tomatoes.
  • tip 3
    Press the meat mixture into 12 large muffin cups (grease them well) for individual meatloaves. Brush tops with ketchup and bake for 30 minutes or until loaves are thoroughly cooked in the center and the thermometer reads 160°F. Immediately remove from pans.
  • tip 4
    For more easy meatloaf recipes, try this Instant Pot® Meatloaf and Mom's Light Meatloaf.

Nutrition Information

190 Calories, 11g Total Fat, 15g Protein, 8g Total Carbohydrate, 4g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
190
Calories from Fat
100
Total Fat
11g
17%
Saturated Fat
4g
20%
Cholesterol
80mg
27%
Sodium
430mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate
8g
3%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
4g
Protein
15g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Let’s face it—meatloaf is one of those meals that’ll never go out of style. Your mom made it, your grandma made it and your great-grandmother probably made it, too—it was a staple during the Great Depression, after all, due to its inexpensive and super-filling ingredients. The tradition lives on today, where meatloaf still reigns as a family-favorite comfort meal. Typically, meatloaf is served in the United States with some ketchup and a side of mashed potatoes, making it a meal that can please even the pickiest kids. It’s also the perfect recipe to sneak in some veggies for those picky eaters: minced carrot or cauliflower are great options, but really any of your favorite veggies will work! Zucchini Meatloaf, anyone? Meatloaf is a classic dish every home cook should have in their back pocket, but it can be intimidating if you’ve never made it before. From panades to glazes to storing your leftovers, we’ve broken down all the basics for you in this step-by-step guide. Once you’ve mastered it, take it up a notch with any of these delicious twists, from turkey meatloaf to pizza-flavored!
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