Classic 6-Ingredient Onion Soup Meatloaf

Onion Soup Meatloaf and mashed potatoes
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  • Total: 90 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 75 mins
  • Yield: 1 pot (10 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
298 Calories
13g Fat
14g Carbs
30g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 pot (10 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 298
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 289mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 30g
Calcium 53mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Meatloaf has been around for a very long time. This is a recipe from a 1936 General Electric Kitchen Institute cookbook, The New Art of Modern Cookery. Dry onion soup mix and ketchup flavor this classic meatloaf recipe. It's a traditional, popular meatloaf, great with potatoes and green beans or steamed broccoli.


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  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Onion Soup Meatloaf recipe ingredients
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  2. Heat the oven to 350 F.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, ketchup, water, and soup mix. Combine well.

    Onion Soup Meatloaf wet ingredients in a mixing bowl
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  4. Add the breadcrumbs and beef. Mix well.

    Onion Soup Meatloaf ingredients combined in a mixing bowl
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  5. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf and place in a shallow, foil-lined baking dish, loaf pan, or meatloaf pan.

    Onion Soup Meatloaf shaped into a loaf in a lined pan
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  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    Onion Soup Meatloaf browned in a pan
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  7. Serve and enjoy.


  • If you have any leftovers, try making meatloaf sandwiches the next day. Take a slice of reheated meatloaf and place it between two slices of toasted garlic ciabatta bread. Top with a little mayo, crispy fried onions, quick pickled red onion, a few sweet and hot pickle chips, pickled peppers, and barbecue sauce.