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Porcupine Meatballs

Porcupine Meatballs - Meatballs filled with rice and seasoning served in a tomato sauce. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatballs, porcupine meatballs
Servings: 6
Calories: 266kcal
Author: Heather


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tabelspoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 10.75 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add beef, rice, egg, milk, garlic powder, parsley, salt and pepper into a large bowl. Mix the ingredients together with your hands until combined. 
  • Form the mixture into balls and place in a 9x13 casserole dish coated with non-stick cooking spray. 
  • In a separate bowl, mix together sauce, water and Worcestershire sauce. Pour into the casserole dish with meatballs. 
  • Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and take off foil. Bake another 25 minutes. 


  • Try not to over mix the beef mixture to avoid tough meatballs.
  • These meatballs can be frozen. Before baking, place uncooked meatballs on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer until frozen through. Place the frozen meatballs in a freezer bag and store in freezer. To reheat, thaw and bake according to directions.


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 509mg | Potassium: 286mg | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2.1mg