Easy Side: Prepare 1 (30-oz.) package frozen country-style shredded hash browns according to package directions. Stir in 1/4 cup each chopped fresh parsley, sour cream, bottled Ranch dressing, 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper, and 1/2 tsp. salt.
2 pounds ground round
1 (1-oz.) envelope dry onion soup mix
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
1 large egg
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup ketchup, divided
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
How to Make It
Combine first 6 ingredients, 1/2 cup ketchup, and 1/4 cup water; shape mixture into an 8- x 4-inch loaf. Line bottom and sides of a 4-qt. oval-shaped slow cooker with aluminum foil, allowing 2-inches to extend over sides. Lightly grease foil. Place loaf in slow cooker.
Stir together brown sugar, mustard, and remaining 1/2 cup ketchup; spread over top of loaf. Cover and cook on LOW 5 to 6 hours or until a meat thermometer registers 160°. Lift loaf from slow cooker, using foil sides as handles. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Note: You may also prepare in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 3 1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer registers 160°.
I will say that I don't have anyone's recipe to compare this to (neither my husband nor I had meatloaf growing up), so my rating is based purely on the recipe itself. It was tasty, easy, and quick - that's everything I ask for in a weeknight meal! My husband loved it and has asked me to keep individual portions of it in the freezer for when he works long hours.