Tomato-Basil Meat Loaves

Make four mini loaves and freeze ’em, and you can have a hearty main dish at a moment’s notice.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

3
eggs
2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2
cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs
1
cup chopped Italian plum tomatoes (3 medium)
1/2
cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)
1/2
cup ketchup
2
teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat eggs. Stir in all remaining ingredients until well blended. On large sheet of waxed paper, shape mixture into 4 (6 1/2x3-inch) loaves. Wrap 3 meat loaves tightly in heavy-duty foil; freeze up to 2 months.
  • 2 Place 1 loaf in ungreased shallow baking pan; bake 40 to 50 minutes or until thoroughly cooked in center and meat thermometer reads 160°F. Let meat loaf stand 5 minutes before serving.
  • 3 To thaw frozen meat loaf, place in refrigerator for 24 hours, or unwrap and place on microwavable plate; microwave on Defrost about 10 minutes or until thawed. Bake meat loaf as directed above.

Expert Tips

Italian plum tomatoes have less juice and are firmer than regular tomatoes, making them perfect for meat loaf.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1/8 of Recipe
Calories
280
(
Calories from Fat
140),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
15%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
150mg
150%;
Sodium
460mg
460%;
Total Carbohydrate
11g
11%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
24g
24%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.