Classic Meatloaf --
  • Total Recipe Time: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes 6 servings


  1. 1-1/2 pounds Ground Beef
  2. 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  3. 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 small onion, finely chopped
  6. 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  7. 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
  8. 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  2. 1 teaspoon dry mustard


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

    Four-Pepper Meatloaf Variation: 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 Variation: 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.
  • Test Kitchen Tips
  • Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.
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