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Porcupine Meatballs

Porcupine Meatballs are a fun twist on traditional meatballs.  They are ground beef, rice, and seasonings in a tomato sauce.   They make a fun dinner in an hour.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 212kcal


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ cup uncooked instant white rice
  • ½ cup wate


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking dish by greasing with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Combine the ground beef, onion, garlic, parsley, basil, salt, pepper, rice, and water in a large bowl. Mix the ingredients until well combined.
  • Scoop out heaping tablespoons of the meat mixture and roll it between your hands to form a ball. Place each meatball in the prepared baking dish. Continue rolling until all the meat mixture has been used, making around 16 meatballs.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Season with black pepper, if desired.
  • Pour the tomato sauce over the top of the meatballs.
  • Cover the dish and bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes, then remove the cover and bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until meatballs are browned.
  • Garnish with additional parsley and basil, if desired.


You can make these ahead and just bake them in time for dinner. 


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 662mg | Potassium: 453mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 369IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 4mg