Never Fails Me Meatloaf
60 mins (prep 15, cooking 45)
14 ingredients
8 servings
Finally, I finally found a winning recipe for meatloaf and you wont believe the ingredient list! This meatloaf is on the sweet side...contains 1 tsp of brown sugar in both the loaf and the skip this one if that doesn't appeal to you...or try it anyway to see if you like the moist texture and skip the sugar. I am mostly posting this so I don't forget how I made it next time we get the taste for meatloaf...but maybe somebody out there has been looking for a filling, moist meatloaf and wants to give this a try! I LOVED the addition of the pasta in this meatloaf and from now on, even if I try a new meatloaf recipe, I'm going to add the just made it the perfect texture for me. Maybe you will like it too! This meatloaf is very moist and flavorful. Despite the amount of bbq sauce in the loaf, we don't feel it is an overwhelming flavor after cooking. It doesn't cut as cleanly as some, but who cares when it tastes this good? Just use a narrow spatula to get the cut slices out of the pan. To eleminate any issue with cutting and to cut down on the prep time, just use a mini muffin pan instead.

Categories:  <-60-mins , easy , ground-beef , main-dish , beef , meat , time-to-make ,
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  • 2 lbs lean ground beef, thawed (no more than 15% fat or it'll be swimming in grease and shrink up on you...we use 10% or less and i)
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish sauce
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise (or full fat..but fat free has too much water in it)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (we use the garlic in a jar that comes pre-minced or minced microwave roasted garlic)
  • 1/2 cup favorite barbecue sauce (we used masterpiece smokey flavor)
  • 1/4 cup acini di pepe pasta (can substitute with couscous)
  • 1/8 cup acini di pepe pasta (can substitute with couscous)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2-1 cup crushed ritz cracker
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (i use sugar in the raw)
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar


Serving Size (41.81 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 113.47 Calories from Fat 31.23
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3.47g 42.75%
Saturated Fat 0.79g 31.74%
Trans Fat 0.08g %
Cholesterol 0.44mg 1.18%
Sodium 385.51mg 128.5%
Total Carbohydrate 18.61g 49.63%
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g 16.09%
Sugars 8.92 g %
Protein 1.86g 29.8%
Vitamin A 106.77IU% Vitamin C 0.49mg%
Calcium 27.59mg% Iron 0.87mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
lean ground beef, horseradish sauce, light mayonnaise, minced garlic, acini di pepe pasta, acini di pepe pasta, large eggs, crushed