This recipe was clipped from a newspaper (must be from the Ann Landers column) and the date “5/25/84” written on it. Recipe is typed below along with a scanned copy.

Ann Lander's World Famous Meatloaf Recipe

Dear B.J.: I swore I would never print another recipe, but your plea has softened my heart, and maybe my head, because I’ve decided to run it again. Here it is:


2 pounds ground round steak
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
3/4 cup ketchup
1 tsp. Accent
1/2 cup warm water
1 package Lipton’s onion soup mix

Beat thoroughly. Put into loaf pan, cover with two strips bacon if you like that flavor. Pour over all one 8-ounce can tomato sauce. Bake one hour at 350 degrees. Serves six.

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16 Responses to Ann Landers World Famous Meatloaf Recipe Clipping

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Published 22 November, 2008 in 7:12 am

[…] it and put some in the freezer for an occasional meatloaf sandwich. My mother usually made the old Ann Landers meatloaf recipe (with the bacon, of course), so that’s what I grew up with. I’ve tried recipes with […]

Published 19 January, 2009 in 4:00 pm

Ann Landers never used bacon in a recipe, as she was Jewish…no pork.

Published 19 January, 2009 in 5:17 pm

The bacon was listed as optional in her recipe:

“cover with two strips bacon if you like that flavor”

[…] to love this dish because of its marriage reviving qualities-something that Ann Lander’s 1984 meatloaf recipe became famous […]

Published 7 September, 2010 in 1:17 pm

I have used this recipe since I cut it out of Ann Landers column but have missplaced it.
Am so glad to have found it but I don’t remember it having the Accent being in there.
Thank you for having it available.

Published 8 January, 2011 in 3:27 pm

It always had the accent in it my mom made it ever since she got it out of the paper but we did not use the the accent Love this recipe

Published 16 February, 2011 in 6:11 pm

I use Italian Seasoned bread crumbs. I omit the MSG.

[…] mom brought me a recipe for Ann Landers’ meatloaf, and I wasn’t going to make it because meatloaf is also on my list of no-go foods. But Mom […]

anita seline
Published 18 September, 2011 in 4:55 pm

Does anyone have a recipe for The Houston Club’s gingerbread? It has fruit in it that was leftover from whatever they served the day before.

Published 30 April, 2012 in 2:08 pm

Made this for a food charity. Tripled recipe. Couldn’t have been easier. Completely freaked out by “Landers” made plural as “Lander’s” in the printed recipe and original copy.

Published 21 May, 2012 in 4:50 pm

Ann Lander’s Meatloaf

When I first saw this recipe in the 80’s this is what I found to be the better of all recipe’s noted above :

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground veal
1/2 lb. ground pork
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups cracker crumbs
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup warm water
1 package dry onion soup mix
4 strips bacon
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix meats together by hand in large bowl. Add worcestershire sauce,eggs, cracker crumbs, ketchup, water, and soup mix. Shape into a loaf in a shallow baking dish. Drape loaf with bacon strips, then pour tomato sauce over loaf. Bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until done to your liking. Serves 6 to 8″

Susy Dewald
Published 17 January, 2013 in 5:17 pm

This was the first Meat loaf I ever made, way back in the 70s

betty burgess
Published 22 July, 2014 in 11:36 am

this is the 1st one. I would like the updated one

betty burgess
Published 22 July, 2014 in 11:39 am

there is a newer version

George Mardre
Published 14 December, 2017 in 9:29 am

I have another one cut out of the newspaper that uses Hunt’s tomato sauce instead of ketchup.

Patricia Raybits
Published 15 June, 2020 in 3:43 pm

I clipped this out of her column years ago and absolutely love it.

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