Porcupine Meatballs3

Porcupine Meatballs

Don’t let the name scare you! These savory meatballs are  filled with rice and other veggies, then baked in a rich tomato sauce.

Porcupine Meatballs3

Porcupine Meatballs3

Porcupine Meatballs

Marla Hingley
Don't let the name scare you!
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs
Servings 4


  • Meatballs:
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground pork or beef
  • 1 cup short grain Arborio rice
  • 1 green onion finely chopped
  • 4 mushrooms chopped
  • 1/4 cup water chestnuts chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp GF soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 1 large can GF tomato sauce approx. 2 cups
  • 1 can GF tomato soup
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasonings


  • Soak rice in water for 1 hour, then drain.
  • Place all ingredients, including rice in bowl and mix to combine. Form into 1 inch balls.
  • Prepare sauce: Mix all ingredients together. If sauce is too thick, add some water to thin it out (the meatballs will absorb the liquid as the rice cooks).
  • Put meatballs into a dutch oven (or roasting pan with a lid), then pour tomato sauce over top. Bake, covered at 375°F for 45 minutes-1 hour, or until meat and rice are cooked.


To speed prep time, use Minute Rice (no need to soak rice). Also add in some vegetable purée's into sauce for added nutritional value (ie. carrot, cauliflower).
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See also
Pork Chops with Cherry Almond Sauce

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  1. this recipe looks very good, but what could you use corn stach for something else?

    thanks natalie.

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