I wanted a different twist to my meatloaf, so I added a package of dry Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix. Instead of using ketchup for the sauce, I use V8 to add a different taste. Use the spicy if you want more of a kick to your sauce. My kids went back for seconds when normally I have to beg them to just eat meatloaf.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Combine the vegetable juice, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce in a saucepan over medium heat; cook until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.

  • Mix the ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, ranch dressing mix, sage, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Gradually sprinkle the bread crumbs into the meat while mixing so the crumbs are distributed evenly throughout; add the egg and milk and continue mixing. Shape the mixture into a loaf and transfer to a loaf pan. Pour about half the sauce over the meatloaf.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Cut the meatloaf into 6 even slices. Pour the remaining sauce over the slices to serve.

Nutrition Facts

401.9 calories; 29.9 g protein; 24.3 g carbohydrates; 123.2 mg cholesterol; 1037.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (46)

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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2009
Very good meatloaf and leftovers were great. I agree with past reviewers the sauce is so yummy double up on it. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/20/2009
The flavor was very good but the texture was blah. It was too soft. I followed the recipe to a T. Sorry I try to rate recipes fairly and this did not do it for us. Read More
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59 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2009
Very good meatloaf and leftovers were great. I agree with past reviewers the sauce is so yummy double up on it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2009
This meat loaf was absolutely fantastic!! I made it last night and had the leftovers for lunch today. The only thing I might change is making more of the sauce for the drizzle once the meat loaf is cut. That sauce is so good that my husband and I decided that we'll try it as a marinade soon. I highly recommend this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2010
Very moist meatloaf! Instead of the usual loaf pan (and to stretch it out) i spread it into a 13x9 casserole dish - and cooked it for 40 minutes. I also used 1# lean ground beef & 19 oz lean ground turkey - couldn't tell the difference! Love the added ranch! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/20/2009
The flavor was very good but the texture was blah. It was too soft. I followed the recipe to a T. Sorry I try to rate recipes fairly and this did not do it for us. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2010
I rarely vary from my tried and true sage bell peppers and onions based family recipe but wanted something different today. I feel bad about rating this because I made so many changes. It s one of those days I used what I had and based it loosely on some recipe from some unfortunate submitter on AR. (Sorry Chihuahua Girl) You know..the kind of dishes that never can be duplicated again no matter how good it turns out? And mine turned out GREAT! I was into Southwestern but leary of it tasting like taco meat as one review of a SW style recipe mentioned. Wanted it more like my regular sage meatloaf (the sage addition is why I zeroed in on this recipe among the many) with a SW flare. Used real onions and garlic instead of powders. Used bell pepper (hark back to family recipe) and some pickled jalapenos for a SW kick but still not a taco/salsa based flavor. For filler I used torn stale hard rolls I had (family recipe stuff.I like torn stale bread for the texture instead of bread crumbs) and used a Salsa Ranch salad dressing I had (oops I did sneak salsa in there) instead of the dry mix. Omitted the milk because the dressing was already liquid. I made the sauce as written with V8 and doubled it. There s some ketchup in my family recipe but I never put ketchup on top of it didn t bake any of the sauce on top of this either. This sauce was a nice compliment to the ranch flavor. Surprising how the sweet sauce toned down my SW spiceiness without being sour cream-like. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2009
Yummy I was looking for a good meatloaf recipe and now i found it.......Taste even better the next day. Thank You Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2010
My teens all loved this recipe! My husband who doesn't like meatloaf loved it as well! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2009
Everyone loved this when I made it!! The only thing I did differently was to add about 1 tbsp of red wine vinegar to the sauce to add some tang to it; it was AWESOME! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/18/2010
I found it to be bland. Read More
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