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Easy, Quick and Delicious Meatloaf Recipe

Updated on September 28, 2013
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Health is a top priority for me and my family, especially after my breast cancer diagnosis in 2008. I hope to help others seeking the same.

Love meatloaf?

Remember mom's meatloaf? Or grandma's or your aunt's? When you finally got the recipe, you decided it was a little too involved to fit into your typical weekly meal schedule?

Now you can eat meatloaf in the middle of the week again! No hunting for seldom used ingredients - not even any onions to slice!

Classics should not have to be a hassle. Serve it up with some mashed potatoes (go ahead, use instant - I won't tell!) and a side of broccoli then sit back and enjoy!

Ingredients:

What You'll Need

Makes 4 servings.

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef ( I use the lean 8% fat kind)
  • 1 2-ounce envelope onion soup mix (or two 1-ounce envelopes, which is often the size most easily found - usually sold as a box with two envelopes - don't be fooled, the whole box is two ounces, so use BOTH envelopes)
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups saltines (about 4 ounces - I just use one whole sleeve), finely ground (I put them in a large ziplock bag and use a ladel or large serving spoon and pound away - also helps relieve stress!)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup barbeque sauce (optional - I never use it, tastes great to me without it and it's one less ingredient to buy!)

Preheat oven to 400° F.

In a large bowl, combine the beef, onion soup mix, cheese, parsley (if using - I often don't), eggs, and saltines. Combine well. Add the water and combine.

Transfer the meat mixture to a baking dish (I use a non-stick-foil-covered cookie sheet) and form it into a 9-inch loaf. Bake until cooked through, about 40 minutes.

If using barbeque sauce, remove the meat loaf from the oven after 25 minutes and pour the sauce over the top. Return to oven for about 15 minutes more.

mix all together
mix all together
form a loaf and bake
form a loaf and bake
slice and enjoy!
slice and enjoy!

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      sandy1020 7 years ago

      I have been looking for a good meatloaf recipe. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Sandy1020 - glad you found it! I hope you like it as much as my family does - this was our dinner tonight!

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      Rosalynn101 7 years ago

      Tried it, my family loved it !

      Thanks for the posting.

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      Lisa104 7 years ago

      Great easy recipe. I will try it tonite.

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      Carolyn202 7 years ago

      Tried it. Liked it. It's a keeper.

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      Lisa104 7 years ago

      Made the meatloaf last nite. We all liked it.

      I will keep the recipe. Thank you for the posting.

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      Mindy 7 years ago

      I did try it with the bbq sauce (my family loves bbq sauce)

      and it was great!

      Good recipe! Thanks.

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      Sandra 7 years ago

      I want to try this recipe. Any gravy ideas?

      Like the way you release stress with the cracker pounding.

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Sorry, I'm not a gravy person. I love this meatloaf as is and I make it without the BBQ sauce.

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      Sharen 7 years ago

      Great meatloaf!!!!

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      This sounds good to me. Have you ever tried it with a can of tomato paste mixed in? It adds a lot of flavor as well as a small amount of Lambrusco, 1/2 C. bookmarked

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Hi Ralwus. No, I love this recipe so much that I haven't dared to deviate, but I bet it would still be delicious with tomato paste mixed in - it sounds great, thanks for teh suggestion!

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