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4-6 servings
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Ingredients (7)

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, crumbled
  • 3 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/8 teaspoon pepper
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  1. 1Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Shape the mixture into a loaf and place in an 8-by-4-inch microwave-safe loaf dish.
  2. 2Microwave with 650 watts, rotating dish once during cooking, until meatloaf is firm and temperature in center is 145 degrees, 13 to 18 minutes.
  3. 3Let meatloaf stand, covered with wax paper, for 5 minutes before serving. If desired, garnish with ketchup and parsley.
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