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Classic comfort food meatloaf even on the busiest of weeknights? It's possible thanks to our new slow-cooker method. Our Slow-Cooker Tomato-Basil Meatloaf is a flavorful main dish that the whole family will love. Italian sausage and sundried tomatoes spice up the ground chuck. A slather of ketchup on top is a classic touch that we knew better than to mess with. Serve beside a pillowy mound of mashed potatoes and a pile of peas for a traditional menu that will bring back delicious childhood memories. The recipe will cook for about four and a half hours, but only takes about 20 minutes of hands-on time. After removing the meatloaf from the slow cooker, let it stand for 10 minutes before serving.


Credit: Victor Protasio

Recipe Summary

4 hrs 30 mins
20 mins
Serves 6 to 8


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Instructions Checklist
  • Sauté onion in hot oil in a medium skillet over medium-high 4 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl; cool slightly.

  • Add 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, beef, and next 7 ingredients to bowl; combine gently with hands. Shape mixture into an 8- x 4-inch loaf. Cut a 10- x 16-inch rectangle of parchment paper. Place loaf in center of parchment paper to create a sling. Pour 1/2 cup water into bottom of a 5- or 6-quart oval slow cooker. Arrange onion slices side by side in center of slow cooker; lower meatloaf onto onions using parchment as handles.

  • Place remaining sun-dried tomatoes and ketchup in a miniature food processor; process until well blended and sun-dried tomatoes are finely chopped. Spread mixture over meatloaf. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours or until a meat thermometer registers 160°. Lift loaf from slow cooker, using parchment sides as handles and draining any liquid into slow cooker. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.