The famous 1950s 15-minute meatloaf recipe

The famous 15-minute meatloaf recipe (1955)

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15-minute meatloaf recipe (1955)

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Try this quick stunt with Hunt’s. Then, try Hunt’s Tomato Sauce in your own family favorites. Simply add it when you make your stews, casseroles, soups, spaghetti sauce, rice, pan gravy, leftovers — for the wonderful flavor your family will love.

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The famous fifties’ 15-minute meatloaf recipe

The famous 15-minute meatloaf recipe (1955)

15-minute meatloaf retro recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This classic meat loaf recipe comes to you direct from the fifties!


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper (optional)
  • 2 8-ounce cans Hunt's Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Combine beef, salt, pepper, onion, green pepper and 1/2 of an 8-ounce can Hunt's Tomato Sauce.
  2. Press into greased 9- x 12- x 2-inch baking dish.
  3. Bake on lowest shelf in hot oven (450 F) for 10 minutes.
  4. Place 1 inch under medium broiler heat, and broil 5 minutes longer.
  5. While meat cooks, combine remaining tomato sauce, sugar and Worcestershire in small saucepan and boil 3 minutes.
  6. Add meat drippings, if desired.
  7. Cut meat in half crosswise.
  8. Arrange sandwich fashion on platter, pouring sauce between and on top.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 431Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 845mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 41g

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The fifties' famous 15-minute meatloaf recipe (1955)

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2 Responses

    1. I just checked some newspapers from 1955, and confirmed they are the 8-ounce cans. Thank you for letting me know this was missing! We will update this recipe now.

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