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Meat Loaf

Photo: Monica Buck
Prep time 10 mins
Other time 40 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
This easy meatloaf recipe is flavorful, satisfying, and simple to prepare.  Be sure to make extra and freeze for busy weeknights down the road.


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 2-ounce envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups saltines (about 4 ounces), finely ground
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup barbeque sauce (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 630
  • caloriesfromfat 55 %
  • fat 38 g
  • satfat 15 g
  • cholesterol 241 mg
  • sodium 1,300 mg
  • carbohydrate 25 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • sugars 1 g
  • protein 45 g

How to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 400° F.

    In a large bowl, combine the beef, soup mix, cheese, parsley (if using), eggs, and saltines. Add the water and combine.

    Transfer the meat mixture to a baking dish and form it into a 9-inch loaf. Bake until cooked through, about 40 minutes. If using barbecue sauce, remove the meat loaf from oven after 25 minutes and pour the sauce over the top. Return to oven for about 15 minutes more.

    To Freeze: Wrap the uncooked meat loaf in a large sheet of aluminum foil and cover with plastic wrap. Store for up to 3 months.

    To Reheat: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Cook according to the recipe.