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Lentil and beef meatloaf recipe

Lentil and beef meatloaf recipe

2 ratings

If you've never tried making your own meatloaf, this simple, tasty recipe is a good place to start. Using lean steak mince and red lentils, it's healthy too and there's even leftovers to create this Spicy lentil and beef spaghetti. See method

  • Serves 4
  • Takes 1 hr
  • 357 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy


  • 150g red lentils
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small carrot, scrubbed and coarsely grated
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 500g pack 5% fat lean beef steak mince
  • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 50g grated Grana Padano or Parmesan
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp reduced-salt and sugar ketchup
  • 500g carton Italian tomato passata with garlic and herbs
  • 10g fresh parsley, leaves roughly chopped
  • roasted or boiled potatoes, to serve (optional)
  • steamed green veg, to serve (optional)
2 of your 5-a-day and high in protein

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    11g 16%
  • Saturates

    4g 22%
  • Sugars

    8g 9%
  • Salt

    0.8g 13%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 25.5g Protein 33.2g Fibre 8.8g


  1. Cook the red lentils to pack instructions. Set aside to cool slightly. Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C, and line a 900g loaf tin with baking paper, leaving an overhang.
  2. Heat half the oil in a nonstick frying pan over a medium-low heat. Fry the carrot and half the onion for 4-5 mins until beginning to soften but not coloured. Add the garlic and herbs; cook for 1 min.
  3. Tip the carrot mix into a bowl and add the mince, breadcrumbs, cheese, egg, ketchup and cooked red lentils. Mix well with clean hands, then pack into the loaf tin and bake for 45 mins or until golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out piping hot. Rest for 10 mins before cutting into 6 slices. Set aside 2 slices (about 300g) for the Spicy lentil and beef spaghetti (see recipe, linked above).
  4. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in the empty carrot pan over a medium heat; fry the remaining onion for 4-5 mins to soften, then add the passata. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 mins and season to taste. Set aside 4 tbsp (about 100ml) for the spaghetti. Spoon the rest over the meatloaf, then scatter with parsley. Serve with potatoes and steamed greens, if you like.

Tip: If you wish, you can prepare the loaf the night before you want to cook it and keep covered in the fridge. Bring to room temperature for 30 mins before baking, according to step 3.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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