Porcupine Meatballs


These porcupine meatballs are by far the best I have ever had. This recipe was given to my mom when she married back in 1970. The recipe includes directions for stovetop cooking and baking in the oven. I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
12 meatballs


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • ½ cup uncooked white rice

  • ½ cup water

  • cup chopped onion

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon celery salt

  • teaspoon garlic powder

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 cup water, or more as needed

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce


  1. Mix ground beef, rice, 1/2 cup water, onion, salt, celery salt, garlic powder, and black pepper in a bowl. Roll mixture into 12 meatballs.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place meatballs into the hot skillet; cook, turning occasionally, until evenly browned. Drain and discard excess grease.

  3. Pour tomato sauce, 1 cup water, and Worcestershire sauce into the skillet; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until meatballs are no longer pink in the center and rice is tender, about 45 minutes. Stir in more water if sauce becomes too dry.

Oven Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Shape meatballs as directed above and place them in an 8x8-inch baking dish. Mix together tomato sauce, 1 cup water, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl; pour over meatballs. Cover and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

319 Calories
14g Fat
26g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 319
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 1415mg 62%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 654mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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