Great meat loaf, quick, easy and ready to eat in 45 minutes. It will be ready by the time you get the creamed potatoes ready!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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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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  • In a small bowl, mix together the tomato sauce, brown sugar, and mustard; stir until the brown sugar has dissolved.

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  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the eggs, minced onion and green pepper, garlic powder, cracker crumbs, salt, and black pepper; mix in the ground beef and half the tomato sauce mixture, stirring until the meat loaf is thoroughly combined. Place the meat mixture into a 2-quart microwave-safe baking dish. Spread the remaining tomato sauce mixture over the meat loaf.

  • Cook in microwave oven on High setting until set, the juices run clear, and meat is no longer pink inside, 10 to 15 minutes depending on power of microwave oven. An instant-read meat thermometer, inserted into the center of the loaf, should read 165 degrees F (75 degrees C). Drain any grease from the dish as soon as loaf is cooked; allow to stand, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

382 calories; protein 29.5g 59% DV; carbohydrates 22.8g 7% DV; fat 18.8g 29% DV; cholesterol 147.6mg 49% DV; sodium 664.7mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2011
For my family of one (me), I cut this recipe in half and used ketchup to avoid opening a can of tomato sauce and only using half of it. This was a minor adjustment and so I believe that my 5 star rating was deserved for the recipe as written. The meatloaf was very good, saved a lot of cooking time and I will definitely add this to my regular meal selections. I'm looking forward to a meatloaf sandwich with the leftovers. :-) Read More
(72)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/27/2015
OK. I tried it. I have to say it was my mistake to try to serve it to my company of 6 before doing a "test drive". I followed the recipe to the hilt. So...this is what I didn't like: too much sugar too much tomato sauce. I would skip sugar all together. It smelled great while in the microwave. Didn't look like meatloaf at all. Crumbled when I tried to cut it into slices. Burned at the bottom (too much sugar). Thank heavens I was making sholet at the same time and could use those "crumbs" of meatloaf for that and doing so to save the dinner. I think I'll go back to the conventional way of making meatloaf. It was kind of an embarrassed to say the least. I don't think I'll attempt do use this recipe again. Read More
48 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2011
For my family of one (me), I cut this recipe in half and used ketchup to avoid opening a can of tomato sauce and only using half of it. This was a minor adjustment and so I believe that my 5 star rating was deserved for the recipe as written. The meatloaf was very good, saved a lot of cooking time and I will definitely add this to my regular meal selections. I'm looking forward to a meatloaf sandwich with the leftovers. :-) Read More
(72)
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2012
I'm sure this is tasty. My comment is for the person about uneven cooking. When baking meatloaf in the microwave I form it into a ring loaf with a hole in the center. 1 -1/2 to 2 pounds of ground beef cook evenly in about twelve minutes. Read More
(53)
Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2011
So I think I was like everyone else because I was skeptical that this was going to turn out. However even my picky husband thought that this was amazing meatloaf! I made it almost the same except I used ground venison instead of beef. Couldn't tell the difference. The one thing that was missing was a little crust because normally when I make it in the oven I do a freeform loaf to get the "brown" on the outside. However the convenience factor MORE than made up for it! Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2011
I was really pleasantly surprised by this meatloaf! I haven't made meatloaf much in the past but we live in a foreign country and don't have an oven so this recipe encouraged me to try cooking a meatloaf in the microwave. The tomato sauce mixture was great. I didn't change a thing and don't think I will in the future. A really yummy meatloaf! Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2011
I haven't tried this particular recipe but I have tried several microwave meatloaf recipes and love the conveinance. I have a question.....no matter which recipe I use by the time I get the middle done the edges are hard and burnt. This is such a waste of food cause I have to cut the middle out and eat it. I've tried covering it with a paper towel and I've tried covering it with some Press and Seal (leaving a small opening to let it vent). Is my microwave power set too high? I only cook it for 15 to 20 minutes in a loaf pan. Actually I just tried it at 15 minutes and while the edges where already getting hard you could tell the middle was still a little pink so I had to sacrifice the edges to get the rest of it done. Anyone have any suggestions of what I'm doing wrong? Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2011
I love this. My oven is used to store pans and it makes my small apartment tooooo hot. I as others was suprised at how easy and good this was. I am going to try BBQ sauce on top half way through and one min. before its done top with bacon w/ papertowel on top. Read More
(17)
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2011
Until I ran across this recipe I had completely forgotten how my mom used to cook meat loaf in the micro! I used this recipe with two very small changes - had no bell pepper and used fresh garlic instead of powder. Delicious! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2011
This meatloaf was great! I never would have even considered a microwave meatloaf except for the fact that my oven is on the fritz and it's so hot here that I wouldn't want to use the oven even if it was working. I've tried many of the top-rated meatloaf recipes here and this one is the best! Turns out much more moist than all the others I've done in the oven. DH loved it too! Thanks Shelby it's a keeper! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2011
My microwave is weak and took close to 25 minutes to cook thoroughly but it was darn tasty! Read More
(12)
Rating: 2 stars
05/27/2015
OK. I tried it. I have to say it was my mistake to try to serve it to my company of 6 before doing a "test drive". I followed the recipe to the hilt. So...this is what I didn't like: too much sugar too much tomato sauce. I would skip sugar all together. It smelled great while in the microwave. Didn't look like meatloaf at all. Crumbled when I tried to cut it into slices. Burned at the bottom (too much sugar). Thank heavens I was making sholet at the same time and could use those "crumbs" of meatloaf for that and doing so to save the dinner. I think I'll go back to the conventional way of making meatloaf. It was kind of an embarrassed to say the least. I don't think I'll attempt do use this recipe again. Read More
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