Porcupine Meatballs Recipe
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Porcupine Meatballs Recipe

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These well-seasoned meatballs in a rich tomato sauce are one of my mom's best main dishes. I used to love this meal when I was growing up. I made it at home for our children, and now my daughters make it for their families. -Darlis Wilfer, Phelps, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 284 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 900mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein


  1. In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Add beef and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. In a large skillet, brown meatballs in oil; drain. Combine tomato sauce, water, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce; pour over meatballs. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Porcupine Meatballs in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p35

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Reviewed May. 9, 2016

"Very good easy pleasy recipe. I'm thinking for the people that the rice didn't get done the meatballs were probably to big, Will make this again."

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2016

"I was so disappointed! The long grain rice did not get cooked inside of the meatballs even after an hour. My family tried to eat them but no one was able to finish or enjoy them since the texture was crunchy rice:( I did not see one other comment with the same problem. What did I do wrong?"

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2016

"My family loves these meatballs. We have them once a month, at least!"

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"Fabulous!!! I followed your recipe exactly, except doubled and added a can of rotel and one can of tomato sauce. Soooo delicious, and easy! Thank you!!"

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

"Good recipe. Followed it exactly. Mixture was not holding together like I wanted so I did add an egg and some bread crumbs. That did the trick."

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