Porcupine meatballs are a classic retro dinner, made easier and quicker in the Instant Pot! Ground beef and rice meatballs are served in a simple tomato sauce. (No porcupines!) This is an easy 30 minute dinner.

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Coco Morante

Don’t worry – these meatballs aren’t actually made out of porcupines! The name refers to the grains of rice that get mixed in with the meatballs and poke out as they simmer, resembling spines on a porcupine.

With rice and meat all in one dish, you just need a vegetable side to complete the meal.

What are Porcupine Meatballs?

This recipe is an update on a classic 1970s Betty Crocker dish, Oven Porcupines. The original version is baked in the oven for an hour, but my recipe is made in an Instant Pot (I’ve…

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