Microwave Porcupine Meatballs Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published October 9, 2020
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Nothing is more delicious than an easy dish to make for the kids! These porcupine meatballs are great to make in a pinch and come with simple ingredients. You’ll love the subtle onion flavor of the meatballs and the rich tomato sauce to top. It’s sure to wow your kids when served with rice for a filling dinner!

The name of the dish is a fun play on words. Because of the meatballs’ rugged look, it is similar to the spiky appearance of a porcupine. Just don’t let your kids mistake that adorable animal with this scrumptious dish! The tomato sauce that comes with it is filling and flavorful – perfect to match with the meatballs. This dish is light in all aspects of flavor, making it the most toothsome dinner for your kids.

Our porcupine meatballs are delicious when topped on a bed of steamy rice. But they also go well with a lot of our recipes! Try topping these meatballs off with our flavorsome Mama’s Spaghetti. You can also try pairing this dish with a creamy plate of Just Like Outback’s Garlicky Mashed Potatoes. Either way, the kids are gonna love them and will ask for seconds. Serve it warm for your next quick dinner with the family, and enjoy!

How To Make Microwave Porcupine Meatballs

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An easy and tasty dish to serve at dinner with the kids! These porcupine meatballs are well-seasoned and submerged in a rich and creamy tomato sauce. Serve it with some warm rice for a belly-filling dish.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
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  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup instant rice packaged
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp mustard


  1. Mix together ground beef, rice, half a can of the soup, egg, water, and onion salt.

  2. Shape your meat mixture into 12 round balls.

  3. Arrange meatballs in a circle on a 9-inch pie plate.

  4. Cover with wax paper.

  5. Cook on high for 4 minutes. Then take out the dish, rotating the meatballs. Switch the outer meatballs with the ones in the center of the plate to ensure even cooking.

  6. Return the dish back in the microwave and cook for 3 more minutes.

  7. Mix the ketchup and mustard into the remaining half can of soup.

  8. Spoon tomato mixture over the meatballs.

  9. Cook on high for 2 to 4 minutes to heat.

  10. If desired, top with some grated parmesan, then serve warm with some rice. Enjoy!

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  • Calcium: 41mg
  • Calories: 440kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Cholesterol: 121mg
  • Fat: 24g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Potassium: 748mg
  • Protein: 24g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Sodium: 1006mg
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Vitamin A: 369IU
  • Vitamin C: 9mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

What other meats can I substitute for ground beef?

Our porcupine meatballs are appetizing when used with ground beef. But you can definitely customize this by switching it up to ground pork or chicken. Though these two kinds of meats are considered lean, you’ll need to add more flavor to get that intense meaty taste in this dish. Ground turkey is also a delicious alternative for juicier meat.

Can I take out the rice from the meatball mixture?

The rice is there as an extender for your porcupine meatballs. However, if you are not keen on using rice – a great alternative would be oatmeal or breadcrumbs of your choice.



The kids will absolutely love these porcupine-shaped little meatballs! Perfect to serve with some warm, white rice or to make for your spaghetti recipes. It’s delightful, versatile, and perfect to make when you’re in a hurry.

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