Sunday, June 22, 2008

Porcupine Meatballs

I'm all about simple when it comes to a good hearty supper for the family after a long work day. I think everyone in my family carried on my mother's recipe into their own homes. Simple but yummy!


2 cans tomato soup or 1 pint tomato juice
1 lb lean ground beef
1 minced onion
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1 egg
2 slices of bread soaked in milk (I use oatmeal every chance I get - whole or run through a food processor)
salt and pepper to taste (I use NO SALT)

Bring soup or juice in large pot over medium heat to a light boil (You may need to add some beef or chicken broth later if it gets to thick so keep one can handy)

Mix ground beef, rice, egg, minced onion and bread (oatmeal) together.

Form meatballs the size of a quarter (these WILL expand with the rice and bread/oatmeal. Drop in one at a time into the lightly boiling tomato base. Cover and cook on low heat for 20 minutes or until the beef is cooked through. You may need to add some moisture if the rice in the meatballs absorb too much of the juice. I usually add a bit of chicken broth if necessary.

Serve over mashed potatoes with a light salad and veggie. (Okay, the sauerkraut HAD to make a picture eventually.)


  1. Looks very good Trish. We had a great Black Pastrami Reuben today with saurekraut....

  2. Oh I simply love Reubens! mmmmm good.

  3. I remember porcupine meatballs from my childhood in PA! I've never had them since and have often thought about trying to make them. I need to make them sometime for my kids. :) Thanks for the recipe!

  4. This looks really good, Trish. Hey, I was thinking it's abit like the cabbage rolls you want to make!
    Have you heard of lazy man's cabbage rolls? Instead of saurkraut, you cook those meatballs with a layer of shredded cabbage, and voila!

  5. hey...that lazy man's cabbage rolls sounds good too....I'm all for that...

  6. I feed my kids Porcupine meatballs made in my pressure was a recipe in the booklet that came with the pressure cooker, and was FAST to make on busy nights.

    Great memories.

  7. Wow this takes me back several decades! My mom used to make these porcupine meatball. Us five kids ate them up in a flash. Looking back, I see how hard my mom worked in the kitchen to feed seven people at every meal!

  8. ..I love this blog!! I was wondering tho - do I use the condensed soup w/o adding the milk? Thanks again!!

  9. We just had these for supper...they were amazing! We used spaghetti sauce since we didn't have any tomato soup/juice. Yum! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. I use my recipe for porcupine meatballs and stuffed peppers mmm so good

  11. These are a great memory from my childhood and now, I make them all the time for my kids. A favorite in our house. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It inspired me to make them again for dinner.

  12. This is a great recipe. I've spent this afternoon cooking in the kitchen with my grandson (he's 12). You would have thought I was a master chef. To him, I am! What a way to connect to your children/grandchildren. Thank you for the recipe!