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Saucy Porcupine Meatballs

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Saucy Porcupine Meatballs

These meatballs are stuffed with plenty of rice, which, as it cooks, pokes out of the meatballs, making them look like prickly little porcupines. The little meatballs are cooked in a mildly tangy tomato sauce that’s a sure crowd-pleaser.

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Prep: 30 minutes | Total Time: 2 3/4 hours
  • 1   28-ounce can
    no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2   cups
  • 1   tablespoon
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 2   teaspoons
    hot sauce
  • 3/4   cup
    long-grain brown rice
  • 1/4   cup
    finely chopped onion
  • 1   teaspoon
    dried thyme
  • 1   teaspoon
    onion powder
  • 1/2   teaspoon
    garlic powder
  • 1/2   teaspoon
  • 1/4   teaspoon
    freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2   pounds
    lean (90% or leaner) ground beef
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Whisk tomato sauce, water, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce in a Dutch oven.
  3. Combine rice, onion, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add beef; gently mix to combine (do not overmix). Using 1 tablespoon each, make about 40 small meatballs. Add to the sauce, making sure all the meatballs are mostly submerged.
  4. Cover and bake, gently stirring once or twice, until the rice is tender, 2 to 2 1/4 hours.


Nutritional Information

Makes: 6 servings
  • Calories322
  • Fat10 g
    • Saturated fat4 g
  • Cholesterol69 mg
  • Carbohydrates31 g
    • Dietary fiber4 g
  • Protein25 g
  • Sodium334 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.


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