This is a family recipe that is a big favorite at our house. By using fresh bread instead of dried bread crumbs, you get a meatloaf that is moist and delicious.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 meatloaf
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • Thoroughly mix ground beef, onion, eggs, bread, milk, green bell pepper, salt, sage, and black pepper together in a bowl. Press into a loaf pan. Spread ketchup over the top of the loaf.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 45 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

262 calories; protein 21.9g 44% DV; carbohydrates 8.1g 3% DV; fat 15.4g 24% DV; cholesterol 118.7mg 40% DV; sodium 715.4mg 29% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2014
It s summer and there are a lot of salads sandwiches and soups served in this house. I made half a recipe specifically for meatloaf sandwiches good old-fashioned comfort food. Since 1 lb will not fill up a regular-size loaf pan I baked in two mini loaf pans and reached the 160 degree temperature in about 30 minutes. The only change I made was using Heinz Chili Sauce instead of ketchup and I might add a little chopped garlic next time. If you don t overbake this really is a moist meatloaf and made some tasty sandwiches. Jessica thanks for sharing your recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/11/2018
The flavor and texture was okay but when I removed it from the oven not only had the loaf shrunk in the pan it was absolutely swimming in grease. I had to scrape off most of the ketchup I had spread before baking because the top was absolutely covered in the grease and it had mixed itself in with the ketchup. Very soggy mess and it looked altogether unappealing and unappetizing. Still salvageable and edible but I followed the recipe and it didn't give any guidance on how to avoid this incident or what to do about it. That's the main downfall for me because I've never had this happen with any other meatloaf recipe. Read More
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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2014
It s summer and there are a lot of salads sandwiches and soups served in this house. I made half a recipe specifically for meatloaf sandwiches good old-fashioned comfort food. Since 1 lb will not fill up a regular-size loaf pan I baked in two mini loaf pans and reached the 160 degree temperature in about 30 minutes. The only change I made was using Heinz Chili Sauce instead of ketchup and I might add a little chopped garlic next time. If you don t overbake this really is a moist meatloaf and made some tasty sandwiches. Jessica thanks for sharing your recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/22/2015
It should be a 5 star but I didn't use green pepper or sage because I did not have any. I ended up making 2 loaves and baking them in a casserole dish. They turned out wonderful. I don't like meatloaf much but the fiance loves it so I try to make it occasionally. And i enjoyed this recipe! And the easiness of this recipe. Oh before i put the ketchup on top of the meat I spread a little brown sugar over it. Not much just enough to lightly cover the top. Then I put the ketchup on and baked it. And put more ketchup on near the end of baking too! I also added cheddar cheese to the mix. I've made this again tonight. In the oven right now! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/18/2017
I usually make my meatloaf different every time I make it so this time I thought I'd follow a recipe. It was good but for my taste there was too much green pepper. I would also have sautéed the onions and peppers before adding them to the meat. They were not cooked thoroughly and again that's a personal preference. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2019
I added a pound of ground Hot sausage, added an extra egg and substituted regular milk for pet milk, and lightly sauteed the vegetables. mind blowing goooood! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2018
Fresh cubed Italian bread makes the difference. Awesome. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2015
Simple. Easy. Great flavor. Used Onion soup mix instead of chopped onion and salt. Did the recipe with my 12 yr old son. So easy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2017
This is one of our family favorites! I don't like green peppers so I don't include them but apart from that we make this at least a couple time a month and we love it! Even the 2 and 4 year olds love it Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2019
I did it exactly as the recipe specified and it ended up perfect. Thx for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2016
I skipped the green peppers just don't like them and used cracker crumbs in stead of bread because that's easier. And it turned out great...everyone loved it. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/11/2018
The flavor and texture was okay but when I removed it from the oven not only had the loaf shrunk in the pan it was absolutely swimming in grease. I had to scrape off most of the ketchup I had spread before baking because the top was absolutely covered in the grease and it had mixed itself in with the ketchup. Very soggy mess and it looked altogether unappealing and unappetizing. Still salvageable and edible but I followed the recipe and it didn't give any guidance on how to avoid this incident or what to do about it. That's the main downfall for me because I've never had this happen with any other meatloaf recipe. Read More
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