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Kalyn’s Best Meatloaf (Family Favorite)

It was my sister Pam who named this Kalyn’s Best Meatloaf, and this is the meatloaf everyone in my family has made for years! Use Denny Family Recipes for more family-favorite recipe ideas like this one.

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This family-favorite recipe that my sister Pam dubbed Kalyn’s Best Meatloaf is something I first made many years ago, long before food blogs existed or I thought about carb-conscious cooking. And through the years many family members have enjoyed the meatloaf and asked for the recipe.

Then in 2005 when I started Kalyn’s Kitchen eventually I posted the meatloaf recipe (with a cringe-worthy photo that certainly wouldn’t have enticed anyone to make it.) And I talked about how this is a meatloaf recipe that uses canned mushroom soup and the Lipton onion soup mix, which is certainly not the norm for my blog.

I might have let this family-friendly meatloaf recipe hang out in the archives forever without updating the photos except that recently it was brought to my attention that fairly regularly people in my family make this meatloaf for friends. (You see where this is going, don’t you?) And I found out that family members who love the recipe were sharing the link to that old post with horrible photos with their friends who had enjoyed the meatloaf!

So I had to get better photos. And it was just SO good when Kara and I made the meatloaf you see here that we decided to share it during the holidays, which seemed like a time when people might like a super-simple and foolproof meatloaf recipe. (And when I calculated the nutritional information I was pleasantly surprised that the meatloaf isn’t nearly as high in carbs as I had imagined, yaay!)

Of course if you’d never make a meatloaf with those processed ingredients, then this recipe isn’t for you! But if you’re interested read below about some tips for making a less-processed, gluten-free, or lower-carb version of this meatloaf that’s such a favorite in my family! 

Tips for Making a Gluten-Free and Lower-Carb Version of this Meatloaf:

I looked for options for people who want to make this without the processed ingredients. I do have a recipe for Low-Carb and Grain Free Meatloaf with Tomatoes, Fennel, and Flax Seed on the blog, and that’s tasty although the flavors are much different.

If you want a low-carb option with similar flavors to this recipe I found a recipe for dry Onion Soup Mix if you want to make your own. I also found a low-carb and gluten-free onion soup mix at Amazon.com (affiliate link). Amazon also had quite a few options for Gluten-Free Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (affiliate link).

The Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup has 20 carbs, and this recipe makes 10 servings, so the carbs aren’t that high, but I did find a recipe for Low-Carb Cream of Mushroom Soup that can be cooked down to make a condensed soup to use in recipes if you want to try that.

I used 1 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs in the meatloaf, but you could use low-carb breadcrumbs (affiliate link) or a combination of low-carb breadcrumbs and ground pork rinds if you prefer. And you can also use Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs (affiliate link) for gluten-free.

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How to Make Kalyn’s Best Meatloaf:

(Scroll down for the complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Spray a Broiler Tray (affiliate link) with non-stick spray.
  2. Crumble ground beef and sausage into a bowl and let it come to room temperature.
  3. Add mushroom soup, onion soup mix, and bread crumbs to the bowl with the egg, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Use your clean hands to mix the ingredients, squeezing and folding over and squeezing again until ingredients are well-combined. 
  5. Divide the mixture in two and shape into two loaves. (I like to use a knife and make diagonal grooves, purely for decoration.)
  6. Bake 50-60 minutes, or until meatloaf is firm and well browned and internal temperature is at least 160F/70C when you test with an Instant Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link).
  7. This freezes very well, and it’s great to pull out of the freezer for a quick dinner.

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Serve hot, with ketchup if you prefer!

Kalyn's Best Meatloaf (Family Favorite) close-up photo

Kalyn's Best Meatloaf (Family Favorite)

Yield 10 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

It was my sister Pam who named this Kalyn's Best Meatloaf, and this is the meatloaf everyone in my family has made for years!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 12 oz package pork sausage
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (or low-carb bread crumbs)
  • 1 pkg. Lipton onion soup mix (dried mix)
  • 1 can Campbells cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • salt-pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C.
  2. Spray a Broiler Tray (affiliate link) with non-stick spray. (I always use this type of pan for cooking meatloaf so the fat can run out.)
  3. Crumble the ground beef and sausage into a bowl and let the meats come to room temperature.
  4. Add breadcrumbs, onion soup mix, and mushroom soup to the bowl with the egg, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  5. Use your clean hands to mix the ingredients, squeezing and folding over and squeezing again until ingredients are well-combined. (Don't over-mix, just mix until combined.)
  6. Divide the mixture in two and shape into two loaves. (I like to use a knife and make diagonal grooves, purely for decoration.)
  7. Bake 50-60 minutes, or until meatloaf is firm and well browned and internal temperature is at least 160F/70C when you test with an Instant Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link).
  8. Serve hot and see if this meatloaf becomes a favorite in your family!
  9. This freezes very well, and it's great to pull out of the freezer for a quick dinner.

Notes

I use Jimmy Dean 50% less fat sausage when I can find it, but use any sausage you prefer. See suggestions earlier in the post for making a low-carb and gluten-free version of this recipe.

This recipe created by Kalyn long before there was such a thing as a food blog!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 342Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 500mgCarbohydrates: 10.1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 33g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This meatloaf as originally posted definitely had some carbs and wasn’t gluten-free, although when I calculated the carbs I realized they were not as bas as I had imagined! But use the tips in this post if you want to make a version that’s more diet-friendly for your way of eating.

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    39 Comments on “Kalyn’s Best Meatloaf (Family Favorite)”

  1. The whole family loved this!  I did saute green pepper, onion and mushrooms and, when cooled, mixed in to the meat at the stage where you add breadcrumbs and egg etc.  Also added 2 tbsp of chili sauce.  Other than that, I followed the recipe.

  2. I have what is probably a stupid question.  Would you freeze the meatloaf before it’s cooked or after?  Thank you!

    • Not a stupid question at all! I’m sure you can freeze it and cook later (after it’s thawed.) But what I do is cook the meatloaf, then eat some and freeze some (usually a few packages) to eat later! I love pulling it out for a quick dinner.

  3. Really good recipe. The meatloaf was delicious.

  4. Laurel, so glad you liked it!

  5. I just made this into foil packet dinners and it was FABULOUS!! I added fresh, sliced mushrooms and it was a hit. I put holes into the bottom of the foil packets and baked it on a rack to allow the extra fat to drain. We loved it.

  6. RedRoseHip, so glad you are enjoying it!

  7. I've tried lots of meatloaf recipes lately and I keep coming back to this one since it's the only one my family will eat.

  8. ~Kristi, I'm guessing it would work, although I haven't tried it that way. Most of the mushroom soups I've seen have other ingredients I don't want, but maybe I should look harder for one and try to adapt this! Let me know if you try it; would love to hear how it turns out!

  9. Is there any way to substitute tha cream of mushroom soup with one of the cream of….soups that are all over Pinterest. This is one of my fave recipes on your blog, but I'm with you we don't use the fake soups or onion soups any longer.

  10. Gillian, so glad you liked it. This is such an old recipe, but several of my siblings still use it regularly!

  11. Kalyn,
    I have been looking for years for a great meatloaf recipe. Well, thank you! I have finally found it! My picky husband loved it, too! He doesn't like mushrooms so I didn't tell him what was in it :). We had 8 generous servings between us and my adult son who eats a lot. Thanks!!

  12. Anonymous, I'm not sure the pork rinds are South Beach Friendly, due to the saturated fat content. Might work though, if you're careful to use low-fat meat.

  13. Here's a very helpful hint, since I'm on Phase 1 again of the SoBe Diet, I substituted Chicharrones (Pork Cracklins/Rinds) instead of the bread crumbs. They usually have 0 carbs & the pork flavor complements the pork meat. However, it's high in sodium & fat — so if someone uses them they may not have to add much salt to taste & they would need to make sure to use the leanest cut ground beef & pork they can find.

  14. Oh my that looks delishious! We luv meatloaf.

  15. Julie, so glad it was a hit.

  16. My non meatloaf loving kids had seconds. It was delicious. Thanks for making south beach so much easier and tastier. Everyone of your recipes that I've tried has been first rate.