Porcupine Meatballs

Try these classic Porcupine Meatballs made with our Minute® Instant White Rice instead of breadcrumbs for the ultimate meatballs with tons of flavor, ready in just 30 minutes.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 20 mins
Servings SERVES 4-6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 30 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 20 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 30 mins


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup Minute® White Rice
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 packet (1.5 oz) meatloaf seasoning
  • 1 1/4 cup water, divided
  • 1 jar (24 oz) pasta sauce


  • Perfect as an alternative to spaghetti night, this comfort meal is great for the whole family. Enjoy these authentic Porcupine Meatballs made with Minute® Instant White Rice with the family tonight!

    Step 1

  • Melt butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until tender.

    Step 2

  • In a large bowl combine onions, beef, rice, egg, seasoning and ¼ cup water; mix gently by hand until well blended. Shape into medium-sized meatballs.

    Step 3

  • Pour pasta sauce and remaining water into the same 3-quart saucepan. Stir and bring to a boil. Add meatballs and return to a boil.

    Step 4

  • Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.

    Recipe Tips

    Feel free to substitute ground turkey, chicken or meatless ground for the beef used here.

    Serve meatballs and sauce over extra cooked Minute® Rice and top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Homemade Meatballs in 30 Minutes

Great for the whole family, this meatball recipe can serve up to four people and takes just half an hour to prepare. Talk about dinner in a hurry; these meatballs are the perfect solution!

If this is your first time making homemade meatballs, we’ll fill you in on a little secret — they’re not as tricky to make as they look. To put it shortly, all you need to do is mix the ingredients, form meatballs and cook them in a pan until they’re ready.

Since these are porcupine meatballs, we switch out breadcrumbs for our Minute® Instant White Rice. Apart from that, these are pretty traditional. To begin, you’ll need to sauté some onions to add flavor to your mixture. When ready, add them to a combination of ground beef, rice, egg and seasonings. Ultimately, we also add about a quarter of a cup of water to ensure that the meatballs bind nicely, while also keeping their moisture.

Once your mixture is ready, form the meatballs and heat some tomato sauce in a large skillet. Then, add the meatballs to the sauce, bring to a boil and relax! After simmering, the meatballs will be ready to eat.

Now that you’ve mastered these Porcupine Meatballs, you can venture out to new flavors like sweet and spicy Polynesian Meatballs – or this Creole-inspired red beans and rice recipe.

If you are looking for a vegetarian option try our Mediterranean eggplant recipes.

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