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Classic Meat Loaf

Classic Meat Loaf

This is meat loaf like your mother used to make! The topping is yummy.



  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Measure 1/4 cup tomato sauce; combine with topping ingredients. Set aside.
  3. Combine remaining tomato sauce with remaining meatloaf ingredients in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape beef mixture into 8 x 4-1/2-inch loaf on rack in broiler pan. Spread topping over meatloaf.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, until instant-read thermometer inserted into center registers 160 degrees F.
  5. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
  6. Cut into slices.

Total Recipe Time: 1 1/4 hours | Makes 6 servings.

Four-Pepper Meatloaf: Prepare meatloaf as above, adding 1/3 cup finely chopped green bell pepper, 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper and 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper to Ground Beef mixture.

Picadillo-Style Meatloaf: Prepare meatloaf as above, omitting thyme and adding 1/3 cup finely chopped green bell pepper, 1/4 cup raisins, 1 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed, to Ground Beef mixture.

Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Cattlemen's Beef Board