Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford 
Hands-on Time
55 Mins
Total Time
55 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 slices)

Mushrooms replace half the beef in our Cremini Mushroom Meat Loaf. Not only do the mushrooms slash calories, they also add deep, earthy flavor while keeping the meat loaf moist. If you follow a gluten-free diet, simply use gluten-free panko breadcrumbs in place of traditional panko breadcrumbs.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2

Place half of mushrooms in a food processor; process until minced. Place minced mushrooms in a bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining mushrooms. Rinse and wipe processor clean.

Step 3

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add mushrooms; cook 7 minutes or until liquid evaporates and mushrooms begin to brown. Add sherry; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in thyme. Cool slightly.

Step 4

Combine mushroom mixture, panko, and next 4 ingredients (through egg), mixing until well combined. Shape mixture into a 7 x 3-inch free-form loaf on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Remove from oven; brush with half of ketchup. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°. Remove from oven; brush with remaining ketchup. Cut into 8 slices.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews


June 03, 2016
I have made this many, many times. At first I was afraid to make it as written and I always used more meat and less mushrooms. But gradually I have come to trust that 1lb. mushrooms works with 8ou meat. The mushrooms make the meatloaf very tender. No one misses the meat! This is a fantastic recipe. The only change I make is to saute the onions for a long time as I do not like crunchy onions. The mushrooms cook longer to until all the water is gone. Don't skip the sherry--it's a flavor must.

daneanp's Review

September 01, 2014
This came out better than expected though it takes some time and effort to put together, so a weekend meal for us if we make it again. Next time, I'd use some A1 sauce in place of the ketchup. I made the Cauliflower Mash to go with it - great combo!

megdawg517's Review

March 16, 2014
This turned out much better than I expected. The flavor was still very "meaty" which made my husband happy, and the mushrooms added a great earthy flavor and kept the loaf really moist. This was great as leftovers, too!

LauraD318's Review

March 16, 2014
Really good meatloaf. Love the fact that so much of the meat is replaced with mushrooms. I make a really excellent turkey meatloaf that my youngest son absolutely loves so I don't think this will become my go to meatloaf recipe but I will make again.

Mbmaury's Review

March 13, 2014

KathrynNC's Review

February 14, 2014
Even my not-so-mushroom-loving husband enjoyed this meatloaf. We thought the texture and flavor were very similar to a traditional meatloaf. I did add a little something to my ketchup topping (just a dash of Worchesshire sauce, dash of hot sauce, dash of cayenne pepper -- this is standard for our family). The rest of the recipe we followed exactly. Served with cauliflower mash and our own version of peas and carrots.

TXtaster's Review

February 11, 2014
Mushroom flavor was overwhelming. 3 thumbs down from my family. Might be better with some other seasonings to mellow the taste.

AndreaShark's Review

January 27, 2014
We made the meatloaf along with the cauliflower mash and snap peas & carrots sides that were recommended in the magazine. My husband said this is his favorite meatloaf ever. The sides were good too - not amazing, but a nice accompaniment. We couldn't find cremini mushrooms, so we used baby bellas, otherwise, we followed the recipe. We really enjoyed both the texture and flavor.

spenderluke's Review

January 25, 2014
I made this for my husband and I. Although I thought it was tolerable at best my husband requested I never make it again. The texture was mushy.

Gene01's Review

January 16, 2014
Really good meatloaf. Know the potato from Atkins. Also very good.