Vegetable Soup Meatloaf

Meatloaf Recipes
Diana Rattray
Ratings (12)
  • Total: 100 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6 to 8
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
347 Calories
13g Fat
24g Carbs
32g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This popular recipe dates back to the 1950s when convenience foods were becoming the rage and back-of-the-box recipes were popular. Obviously, the addition of a can of vegetable soup in a meatloaf mixture made for a delicious dish, as this recipe is still seen—and loved—today. This recipe is made with lean ground beef and condensed vegetable soup, along with onion and seasonings.

The green pepper adds a nice texture and the mustard a bit of tang. The bell pepper and mustard are optional, but if you have in the fridge, consider using them for a more impressive dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) condensed vegetable soup
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs, or 2 or 3 slices of bread, shredded
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.

  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together gently. Shape into a loaf.

  3. Place loaf in a shallow baking dish and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until done.

Tips

  • This recipe may be so well-liked that leftovers won't be an issue, but just in case you have a little extra on your hands, you may want to keep a few leftover meatloaf recipe ideas in mind. From meat sauce for pasta to a filling for shepherd's pie, there are many ways to savor meatloaf besides just simply in a sandwich.
  • Meatloaf gets a bad rap because it is often overcooked and dried out. To avoid this disappointment, use a meat thermometer to make sure you are removing it from the oven at the right time—the internal temperature should be 160 F. There are a few other tips you can follow to achieve a perfectly moist meatloaf every time.
  • To make this a complete meal, surround the meatloaf with cut-up potatoes and other vegetables such as carrots. The fat from the meatloaf will help caramelize the vegetables and keep them moist during the cooking time.
  • A tightly wrapped meatloaf—whether raw or cooked—will stay fresh longer in the freezer and may taste like you just made it when reheated.

Recipe Variations

  • Add 1/2 cup of chopped mushrooms to the meatloaf for additional texture and flavor.
  • Add 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese or about 1/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Place slices of cheddar or mozzarella cheese on the loaf about 5 minutes before it's ready to come out of the oven.