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Winner, Winner, Meatball dinner! Janie (Appy_Girl) from TOH posted this recipe! A lot of people commented that this was like Porcupine Meatballs so I looked them up and porcupine meatballs are made similar but with a tomato based gravy so that is the difference! Janie said they were so good that the next time she makes it, she is going to make it a meatloaf! After she said that, I was torn on making meatballs first or a meatloaf but I went with meatballs!

The meat mixture smelled fantastic just while it was sitting there waiting to be made into meatballs! I'm wondering if there is a way to get the rice nice and fluffy in those meatballs? It was great the way it was but it's just a thought I had! My family loved this and wants it on the menu again soon! They gobbled up the meatballs and pasta and slurped up every drip of gravy! 5 star recipe!


  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup fresh white mushrooms, diced into small pieces
  • 1 (6.8 ounce) box Beef Rice A Roni, set aside seasoning packet
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1½ teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 cups warm water
  • salt and pepper, as desired
  • 1½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • In a large bowl, combine beef, onion, garlic, mushrooms, Rice A Roni (set aside seasoning packet), egg, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix well and let sit 30 minutes before shaping meatballs to give the rice time to soften up a little.
  • Shape into meatballs, approximately 10-12.
  • In a large oiled skillet, brown the meatballs over medium high heat. Remove from heat and transfer to a 9x13 glass baking dish.
  • Stir rice seasoning packet into 2 cups of warm water. Pour water into baking dish with the meatballs. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.
  • Pour the liquid from the baking dish into a saucepan. You may need to add beef broth or water to make a bigger batch of gravy but there was plenty for us. Heat over medium high heat. Stir together cornstarch, warm water and milk to make a thick slurry. When it comes to a boil, stir in the cornstarch and water/milk mixture. Cook until it thickens to desired consistency.
  • Serve with your choice of mashed potatoes, buttered noodles or whatever you like. I served with 8 ounces cooked penne pasta.

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