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    Saucy Porcupine Meatballs

    WebMD Recipe from EatingWell.com

    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.

    This Recipe Is:
    Ingredients
    Prep: 30 minutes | Total Time: 2 3/4 hours
    • 1   28-ounce can
      no-salt-added tomato sauce
    • 2   cups
      water
    • 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
      salt
    • 1/4   teaspoon
      freshly ground pepper
    • 1 1/2   pounds
      lean (90% or leaner) ground beef
    Instructions
    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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