Porcupine meatballs and rice casserole

Porcupine Meatballs And Rice Casserole

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Jennifer McLemore


My mom used to make Porcupine Balls when I was a kid. I scoured the internet and only found those done in a frying pan without a rice layer. The rice was my favorite part. I have played around with it ( since my mom is now dead and never wrote it down). I think I have found the easiest way to make this. Serves up great with green beans or a salad. Don't feel shy about adding your own spices to the sauce or meatballs. You can also add a can of chopped tomatoes to the sauce before pouring over casserole. It looks crazy soupy, but will bake up nice and firm in the end! Enjoy!


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6 and freezes nicely
20 Min
1 Hr


  • 1 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1 lb
    ground pork
  • 1/2 c
    minute rice
  • 2 Tbsp
    dry onion soup mix
  • 1 Tbsp
    parsley flakes
  • 1 Tbsp
    italian seasoning dry
  • 1/2 c
    milk or water
  • 1 can(s)
    14 oz tomato sauce/ same amt water
  • 1 can(s)
    tomato soup/same amt water
  • 2 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 2 c
    minute rice
  • 1 tsp
    basil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Porcupine meatballs and rice casserole


  1. Mix first seven ingredients and roll into 1 1/2 inch balls. should yield about 24-28 meatballs. Set aside
  2. Mix tomato sauce, soup and water in large bowl. Add Worcestershire sauce, spices ( as desired) and brown sugar.
  3. Spray a 9 x 13 dish with vegetable spray ad pour 2 cups minute rice in bottom. Pour half of sauce over rice. Top with meatballs and pour remaining sauce over top. Seal with foil and bake at 350 for approx 45 mins. Remove foil and allow to bake until rice is cooked and meatballs are brown. Do not worry about too much liquid! It cooks in nicely. In fact if desired you can two 14 oz cans of tomato sauce in place of the one soup and same amount of water. It is a bit more moist. Quite interchangeable. I have also used all tomato soup. My family prefers it with a combination.

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About Porcupine meatballs and rice casserole

Course/Dish: Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy For Kids

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