Photo: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Total Time
41 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 2 slices)

Preparing a free-form meat loaf and cooking it on a broiler pan cuts cook time, compared to standard recipes. Smashed red-skinned potatoes and simple steamed broccoli spears round out this quick meal.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Combine first 9 ingredients in a large bowl; add 1/4 cup ketchup. Mix beef mixture with hands just until combined. Shape beef mixture into a 9 x 4–inch loaf on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Brush top of meat loaf with remaining 2 tablespoons ketchup. Bake 7 additional minutes or until done. Slice loaf into 8 equal pieces.

Step 3

Wine note: A value-priced cabernet or merlot, like Crane Lake Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 ($4), tends to be straightforward, lighter-bodied, and lower in tannins, ideal with the lean ground beef in this traditional baked meat loaf. --Jeffery Lindenmuth

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

rebelfan's Review

September 28, 2014
This is "outstanding" because it is easy to prepare on a weeknight, healthy meal and the family enjoys it! I use 93% lean ground meat usually and often chives from my herb garden instead of green onions. I like to bake it on foil lined pan for easy clean up!

debbiewoods's Review

June 28, 2014
The kids didn't like this one. Even though I only used half of the crushed red pepper called for, they still complained of it being spicy. Personally I liked the heat. I'm not a huge fan of meat loaf in general, but it was not bad. I had it on french bread the next day with ketchup and it was pretty good.

Amy31773's Review

April 04, 2014
This is delicious! I added more breadcrumbs as many people suggested. I didn't follow the broiler instructions. Just cooked on 400 for 20 mins, added the ketchup and cooked for 10 minutes more. The only beef I have w cooking light (no pun intended) w/ Cooking Light is that this recipe is not really light. If it was, I'd give it five stars.

kosborn's Review

March 13, 2014
Fantastic Meat Loaf! Will do it again for sure.

Rbaumrin's Review

November 13, 2013
I love this recipe and use it all the time I top it off with 1/2 cup of Ketchup 1 teaspoon of spicy mustered and 4 teaspoons of brown sugar mixed together and applied after the first 20 minutes. My only problem with the initial recipe is that it takes much longer than 27 minutes it is more like 45 minutes at 400 degrees.

aadeering12's Review

June 04, 2013
AMAZING!! Best meatloaf I've had in a long time.

ETFord's Review

January 13, 2011
I really love recipes that I can make with pantry staples and this recipe definitely qualifies. Typically the only thing I need to buy is a pound of ground beef. The meatloaf is very flavorful and makes great leftovers. This is a fantastic meal that you can put on the table quickly on a weeknight.

ratgoddess's Review

December 05, 2010
This was an excellent meatloaf. I used sage stuffing, instead of breadcrumbs. I also added a shallot and some celery.

kapc21's Review

June 16, 2010
I thought this was great and will make it again. My husband ate 3/4 quarters of it and was still hungry, so next time I will double it. I served broccoli with cheese sauce.

carolfitz's Review

March 20, 2010
Quick & easy. Made to recipe using 1 1/2“ lbs sirloin and increased all other ingredients proportionally -- so ours had slightly greater volume than the recipe's. Used a 9" loaf pan to form the beef (spray with oil, lightly pat down the mixture evenly in the loaf pan, invert onto roasting pan). Even though I had more beef, this gave me a meatloaf that was shorter than the recommended 4" and it cooked thoroughly at 30min. For the final topping, used 2 parts ketchup and 1 part bbq sauce, just for a bit of zip. Let the loaf rest for 10+ minutes. Served with CL's smashed cheddar potatoes and garlicky lima beans. Pretty good.