Porcupine Meatballs

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A quick prep easy weeknight dinner these Porcupine Meatballs will fill up the whole family!

 Porupine Meatballs

So being a busy mom of 4 wonderful kids who are mostly all school age, we like to find dinners that are quick and easy! My boys are busy active big kids who these day’s it seems so hard to keep up with! Seriously though. I mean once these kids are in school there are so many things that they can join that keep families busy all week long! Amiright?!?!

Porcipine Meatballs

I can’t stress enough how much an easy, delicious meal in our family goes a long way and keeps everyone happy. Idahoan Signature Russet Mashed Potatoes really helps us out when we are wanting amazing flavor when we are short on time.

We decided to pair this great side with an old family recipe and made our Porcupine Meatballs. I know the name sounds super weird. I assure you, it is not porcupine. It is actually ground beef with rice and it is supposed to somehow resemble a porcupine, so apparently the name stuck somewhere down the line and these addictive, large, perfect meatballs were born.

Porcupine Meatballs

Like mentioned earlier, these are easy prep! Who doesn’t love easy prep? All you need is 2lbs ground beef, 1 cup rice, water and some seasoning and roll it into meatballs, add it to a baking dish, mix together some tomato sauce, water and Worcestershire sauce and pour over, cover and bake and you are all set! Easy as pie right?

Porcupine Meatballs

What is even easier is the prep for these seriously delicious Idahoan Signature Russets. They taste just like homemade but without the work of having to peel, boil and mash your own! Anything that saves me time and tastes good in the end I’m all for, and these are no exception.

These whip up in under 5 minutes, have a nice smooth taste with just a hint of butter and cream. We have always served our Porcupine Meatballs with mashed potatoes and these new resealable pouches, over 6lbs of premium Idahoan potatoes in each 16oz package, they make any day taste like Sunday.

Porcupine Meatballs

This is of our favorite quick easy dinners for our busy weeknights! It’s a hearty meal that will easily fill an army (at least my army of 3 hungry boys) and it tastes great, which is pretty much the most important thing besides our dinners being easy!

So if you’re looking for that next go-to meal when you’re short on time but want to be able to sit together as a family and enjoy the short moments that you do get together, these Porcupine Meatballs are a great option.

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Porupine Meatballs
Porcupine Meatballs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

Large meatballs are filled with rice and baked in a tomato sauce making these a great weeknight option.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Meatballs, Porcupine Meatballs
Servings: 12 meatballs
Calories: 253 kcal
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 small diced onion optional
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In bowl mix together your ground beef, rice, water, onions, salt and garlic powder and shape into large meatballs (about 2 inches in diameter).
  3. Place into large baking dish.
  4. Mix together your tomato sauce, water and Worcestershire sauce and pour over meatballs making sure they are covered.
  5. Cover with tin foil and bake for about 1 hour.
  6. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Porcupine Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 456mg 19%
Potassium 247mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin C 1.1%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 9.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Porcupine Meatballs


29 thoughts on “Porcupine Meatballs

  1. I cannot tell you the excitement when I opened my email this morning and saw this recipe! My mom used to make this for us growing up and it is a childhood favorite! I will be sharing with my readers!

  2. I just heard of porcupine meatballs for the first time recently and got a recipe from a coworker. I’ll have to see how close her recipe is to yours. Now I can’t wait to give them a try.

  3. I have always only made my meatballs with rice in them, but never called them Porcupine Meatballs – how cute! I may use that from now on! I love easy & quick meals, too, so these taters would be a great accompaniment for any dish and that’s me only having ONE child – kudos to you having four! Busy house, I am sure 🙂

  4. These meatballs sound so good. I wonder if my husband would eat them. He is so picky. I always loved dinner because it was the only time that everyone knew they had to be home so we could connect every day. It gets harder when high school comes, but it is so worth the effort. Good on ya’ for making that time important. Your whole meal looks amazing.

  5. I like to slice a green pepper inti rings and lay them on top of the meatballs! Makes this dish pretty enough for company!

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