A wonderful meat loaf that is fairly easy to make. Pairs well with a variety of side dishes. This can be a meal in itself or can be served with mashed potatoes and biscuits. Surprisingly good cold!

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Topping:
Meat Loaf:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

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  • Mix tomato sauce, tomato paste, ketchup, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon black pepper, and 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce in a bowl.

  • Place stewed tomatoes in a large bowl; crush tomatoes using a fork. Add turkey, crushed crackers, onion, green bell pepper, eggs, 1 tablespoon oregano, thyme, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and 2 teaspoons black pepper; mix until evenly combined. Spoon meatloaf mixture into the prepared baking dish. Form into a loaf, leaving about 1/2 inch between loaf and sides of dish.

  • Spoon half the tomato topping over the loaf.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Spoon the remaining tomato topping over loaf and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake until no longer pink in the center, 15 to 20 more minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Tips

Cook's Notes:

If you use ground beef instead of turkey, use extra lean (93/7) because it tends to get really greasy if you use beef with a higher fat content. It is also good to add a can of carrots or corn to make it a little heartier.

This can also be baked in 2 loaf pans. Bake loaves for 30 minutes before adding remaining tomato topping and cheese; bake additional 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

293.8 calories; 27.2 g protein; 18.8 g carbohydrates; 117.8 mg cholesterol; 704.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2013
Only changes were red pepper instead of green ( red were on sale for 20 cents) and I used a gorgonzola flavored cracker. I liked the texture but some may find it too soft..I would say drain the tomatoes off if you like a firmer loaf Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/21/2014
This makes a huge loaf. The trouble with it is that it was very wet and relatively flavorless. I made it exactly as the recipe said except that I drained it when I put the rest of the sauce on top. I will not be making this again. Read More
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  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2013
Only changes were red pepper instead of green ( red were on sale for 20 cents) and I used a gorgonzola flavored cracker. I liked the texture but some may find it too soft..I would say drain the tomatoes off if you like a firmer loaf Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/21/2014
This makes a huge loaf. The trouble with it is that it was very wet and relatively flavorless. I made it exactly as the recipe said except that I drained it when I put the rest of the sauce on top. I will not be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2020
I made half the recipe. It was just delicious but I used ground turkey instead of ground beef. I am making this recipe from now on! Loved it! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/02/2019
Well....what can I say. This had the potential to be good. Probably just my family's tastes are different. But I found it to be VERY heavily seasoned. Not sure if it was due to the stewed tomatoes....or the thyme (I DID put in half the called for thyme...should have cut it even further or left it out)...but everyone found it inedible except for me...but only because I refuse to waste food. It was highly unpleasant. The texture is good it smells good. The sauce on top seems fine. Just the seasonings are off. I DID make two modifications.... 1/2 the thyme (as mentioned) and instead of 3lbs turkey I used 2lbs turkey and 1lb 93% beef...neither modification would have made the seasonings this overwhelming. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2014
Turkey meatloaf needs a lot of flavor and this has it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2013
Made this for my boyfriend and he loved it! Used 2/3 ground round and 1/3 ground turkey - not much grease in the pan. Mashed potatoes as a side dish made this the perfect comfort meal (no other veggie needed with all the veggies in it). Split the meat mixture in half before baking; I will freeze the other half for another time. The tomato sauce mixture made a lot. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2018
This was different but very good. Makes enough to feed a houseful. Excellent for people who don't eat red meat plus lower calories. Absolutely recommend it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2020
Omg this is amazing! Read More