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Everyday Meat Loaf

Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Paige Hicks
Hands-on time 13 mins
Total time 21 mins
Yield Serves 4
The meat loaf cooks in the microwave for just 8 minutes, a fraction of the time it takes for traditionally baked meat loaf. Broiling the cheese on top of the cooked meat loaf until it's brown and bubbly lends the dish a pleasing, oven-baked look.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium marinara sauce
  • 1/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 large egg
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 232
  • fat 10.2 g
  • satfat 3.9 g
  • monofat 3.2 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 28.5 g
  • carbohydrate 7.2 g
  • fiber 0.9 g
  • cholesterol 114 mg
  • iron 2.1 mg
  • sodium 492 mg
  • calcium 114 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 8 ingredients (through egg) in a large bowl; stir gently to combine. Spread beef mixture evenly in a 9 1/2-inch microwave-safe loaf dish coated with cooking spray; do not pack beef mixture into dish. Loosely cover with a paper towel. Microwave at HIGH 8 minutes.

  2. Preheat broiler.

  3. Sprinkle meat loaf with cheese; broil 3 minutes or until browned.

Cook's Notes

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