Rating: 4.5 stars
47 Ratings
  • 1 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 5 star values: 27

Vegetarians and carnivores alike will love this ingenious twist on meat loaf. The meaty-flavored, umami-rich recipe received our Test Kitchen's highest rating. Ordinarily you wouldn't pack a meat loaf into the pan, but since we're using a vegetable mixture, you will to make sure it holds together.

Mary Drennen
Recipe by Cooking Light November 2017

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Credit: Caitlin Bensel

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 47 mins
Yield:
Serves 6 (serving size: 1 slice)
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Ingredients

Meat loaf
Topping

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat broiler to high.

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  • To prepare meat loaf, cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 12 minutes or until blackened. Place in a paper bag; fold to close tightly. Let stand for 10 minutes. Peel and finely chop. Place bell peppers in a large bowl.

  • Reduce oven temperature to 350°.

  • Place about one-fourth of mushrooms in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until finely chopped. Transfer chopped mushrooms to a bowl. Repeat procedure 3 times with remaining mushrooms.

  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add mushrooms to pan; sauté 15 minutes or until liquid evaporates, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms to bell peppers. Wipe pan with paper towels. Add asparagus and onion to pan; sauté 6 minutes or until just tender, stirring occasionally. Add onion mixture to mushroom mixture.

  • Arrange breadcrumbs in an even layer on a baking sheet; bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until golden. Add breadcrumbs and the next 8 ingredients (through eggs) to mushroom mixture, stirring well. Spoon mixture into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray; press gently to pack. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a thermometer registers 155°.

  • To prepare topping, combine 2 tablespoons ketchup and remaining ingredients in a small bowl; brush ketchup mixture over meat loaf. Bake an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes; cut into 6 slices.

Nutrition Facts

338 calories; fat 21.2g; saturated fat 4.3g; mono fat 5.1g; poly fat 10.1g; protein 17.5g; carbohydrates 22.6g; fiber 4.9g; cholesterol 72mg; iron 2.6mg; sodium 535mg; calcium 197mg.
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