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Apr 23, 2021


Porcupine Meatballs

Porcupine meatballs are a classic comfort food that will bring a smile to your face. These meatballs get their name from the rice that’s mixed in with the ground beef, which causes the meatballs to resemble porcupine quills. This recipe is simple to make and is perfect for a cozy weeknight dinner.



  • 1 pound 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 box (6.2oz) chicken Rice-a-Roni
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups water


  1. In a bowl, combine the ground beef, salt, pepper, and rice from the box of Rice-a-Roni. Mix until all the rice is incorporated.
  2. Roll the mixture into 1 inch balls and place them in a frying pan.
  3. Add the melted butter and brown all sides of the meatballs.
  4. In a measuring cup, combine 2 1/2 cups of water and the seasoning packet from the Rice-a-Roni.
  5. Pour the water mixture over the meatballs in the frying pan.
  6. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the meatballs are fully cooked.
  7. Serve the meatballs with mashed potatoes or another side dish of your choice.


These porcupine meatballs are incredibly flavorful and easy to make. The Rice-a-Roni adds a delicious chicken flavor to the meatballs, and the rice makes them more filling and satisfying. The butter adds a nice richness to the dish and helps to brown the meatballs. This recipe makes enough for four servings, so it’s perfect for a family dinner.

If you want to switch up this recipe, you can try using a different flavor of Rice-a-Roni, such as beef or mushroom. You can also add some diced onions or bell peppers to the meat mixture for extra flavor and texture. And if you want to make this recipe even more decadent, you can top the meatballs with a creamy gravy.

Overall, porcupine meatballs are a classic dish that everyone should try at least once. They’re easy to make, filling, and delicious, making them the perfect comfort food. So why not give this recipe a try for your next weeknight dinner?


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Hi there! My name is Renee Dalton. I'm not a professional chef but a self taught cook and baker. I have loved to cook and bake for as long as I can remember. Cooking and baking for others is one thing that brings me a lot of joy.

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