Saucy Porcupine Meatballs

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Saucy Porcupine Meatballs

These meatballs are stuffed with plenty of rice, which, as it cooks, pokes out of the meatballs, making them look like prickly little porcupines. The little meatballs are cooked in a mildly tangy tomato sauce that’s a sure crowd-pleaser.

Yield: 6 servings
Active Time: 30
Total Time: 165

Ingredients

  • 1 28-ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 3/4 cup long-grain brown rice
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean (90% or leaner) ground beef

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Whisk tomato sauce, water, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce in a Dutch oven.
  3. Combine rice, onion, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add beef; gently mix to combine (do not overmix). Using 1 tablespoon each, make about 40 small meatballs. Add to the sauce, making sure all the meatballs are mostly submerged.
  4. Cover and bake, gently stirring once or twice, until the rice is tender, 2 to 2 1/4 hours.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving

calories 322
fat 10 g (4 g sat, 4 g mono)
cholesterol 69 mg
carbohydrates 31 g
protein 25 g
fiber 4 g
sodium 334 mg
potassium 811 mg

Nutrition Bonus Zinc (42% daily value), Vitamin C (33% dv), Iron & Potassium (23% dv), Magnesium (20% dv)

Carbohydrate Serving 2

Exchanges 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat

From EatingWell March/April 2012