Porcupine Meatballs In Tomato Sauce
By :Instant Pot Fast and Easy Cookbook by Urvashi Pitre
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I had this crazy idea of making gluten-free meatballs with rice, cooked in tomato sauce all at once. When I opened the pot and saw these porcupine meatballs, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. But they are actually quite delicious, and very fun for both kids and grown-ups alike. Another dish where we get meat, vegetables, and rice all in one pot.
Votes: 4
Rating: 3.75
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Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Meat, Rice & Pastas
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Beef, Cinnamon, Eggs, Onion
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
6 sevings
Ingredients
FOR THE MEATBALLS
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and black pepper
FOR THE SAUCE
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes 1 can undrained
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • salt and black pepper
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Meat, Rice & Pastas
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Beef, Cinnamon, Eggs, Onion
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
6 sevings
Ingredients
FOR THE MEATBALLS
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and black pepper
FOR THE SAUCE
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes 1 can undrained
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • salt and black pepper
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
Votes: 4
Rating: 3.75
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Instructions
  1. For the meatballs: In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, onion, rice, and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Mix until well combined. Shape the mixture into 8 to 10 meatballs. Place in a single layer in the Instant Pot.
  2. For the sauce: In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes with their juices, water, oregano, cinnamon, paprika, and cloves and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine and pour over the meatballs.
  3. Secure the lid on the pot. Close the pressure-release valve. Select MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK and set the pot at HIGH pressure for 15 minutes. At the end of the cooking time, allow the pot to sit undisturbed until the pressure has released.
  4. Carefully transfer the meatballs to a serving bowl. Use an immersion blender to puree the sauce directly in the pot until smooth, if desired. Pour the sauce over the meatballs.
  5. Garnish with parsley, if desired, and serve.
9 replies
  1. Chihuahua
    Chihuahua says:

    Dawnrye, uncooked rice…Not a fan of cloves? Cut by half or use ground fennel seeds or basil. I enjoyed it per recipe next time I’ll be adding chopped onions and minced garlic into tomatoes.

  2. Caada45
    Caada45 says:

    It is actually pretty good….playing around with it tonight and deleting the cinnamon, for a more savory taste….chili and italian spice…

  3. CathyR
    CathyR says:

    I loved the flavor (and her recipes) , but my meatballs fell apart. I may brown them first next time. I ended up using this to stuff baked bell peppers.

  4. DonSummers69
    DonSummers69 says:

    I didnt use the cinnamon or nutmeg just as a personal preference….think next time may cook the meatballs first used 80/20 beef. Was kinda greasy other then that tasted geat!

  5. Suse
    Suse says:

    I doubled the recipe, and used 1 can tomatoes and 1 can tomato sauce and no water. Added a ton of spices like chipotle and garlic. Cooked for 20 mins instead of 15 to account for the double layer of meatballs. All came out perfectly. Cooked fully and the sauce was scrumptious. I didn’t get a Burn Notice, but a small area was starting to burn. 22 mins would likely have generated the “Burn”. Ended up with 23 large meatballs. Fantastic.

  6. Cath1066
    Cath1066 says:

    Didnt have all spices so just used Oregano and popped a beef stock cube in with the water . It was delicious definitely a keeper x

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