6 servings (serving size: 1 meat loaf)

We add white cheddar cheese to this comfort-food favorite making it seem more indulgent than it actually is at less than 300 calories per serving (no joke!).

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 2

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add breadcrumbs; cook 3 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently.

Step 3

While breadcrumbs cook, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Combine onion mixture, breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup ketchup, and remaining ingredients. Shape into 6 (4 x 2-inch) loaves on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; spread 2 teaspoons ketchup over each. Bake at 425° for 25 minutes or until done.

Chef's Notes

This recipe originally ran in Cooking Light January, 2011 and was updated for the November, 2012 25th anniversary issue.

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Ratings & Reviews

daneanp's Review

April 23, 2013
Very tasty. I just made a regular sized meat loaf vs. the individual loafs, cooking at 425 for 45 minutes, rest for 5 minutes. DH used the last of the horseraddish before I got to it so I substituted wasabi and it was great! The white cheddar really makes it. Served with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.

Laura56's Review

March 31, 2014
Amazing recipe! I swapped venison for the sirloin and panko beucase i didn;t have fresh bread on hand. Turned out amazing and my fiance raved! I will make these again and freeze extra!!

frankspauline's Review

September 16, 2013
I've made this several times. Delicious! I don't add the ketchup on top, and I use ground chicken or turkey instead beef. I'm on WW, so love that these are delicious, filling, and (fairly) low-cal. I freeze the extras--perfect for a quick dinner as long as I remember to put in fridge in the a.m.

crysmys's Review

February 15, 2012
Not sure this is really a 'special occasion' dish.. but when you add in the automatic portion control and the barely 15 minutes of hands-on time.. I'll bump the rating. Will definitely stay in my 'keeper' file.

EMatthews's Review

February 14, 2012
Possibly the best meat loaf I have ever had. I used 2 lbs of ground beef, but used the listed amount of everything else. I had no fresh bread on hand, so I used panko bread crumbs, and added three shakes of Worcestershire sauce. I'm not a big fan of baked on ketchup, so I left that off (although, I may try a little BBQ sauce next time). Served with a brown rice medley, and a simple salad of tomato, cucumber, and shaved carrots.

Cheesy Meat Loaf Minis

April 01, 2017
I made this and it is a great recipe! Even meatloaf haters will love it!!

Easy recipe

January 15, 2017
These were easy and the flavor was good. They didn't hold together that well though and the cheese ran out everywhere.

Cheese ran out!

July 09, 2016
I must have done something wrong, because there was more cheese on the baking sheet than in the loaves. Good flavor. Bake 25 minutes only!! Rest 5 minutes only or they dry out. BBQ sauce on the top worked well.

Love it

April 04, 2016
Love it! I didn't add horseradish

family hit!

March 15, 2016
This is a great recipe and everyone in the family enjoyed it, kids included.  I added some shaved carrot as well to get some more veggies in.  I've made it both toasting the breadcrumbs and precooking the onion and not.  It doesn't make a big difference, so you can save time by just adding store bought bread crumbs and raw onion and garlic. My husband was shocked that the ground beef was 90/10 and there was no sausage. yet there is so much flavor and juice.