Who doesn’t like spaghetti and meatballs or an Italian meatball sandwich on a crusty roll? But who has time for all the browning and cooking usually required? Now, with Instant Pot Porcupine Meatballs with rice, you can have delicious juicy meatballs swimming in savory sauce in only 15 minutes! Wow!
Kids clamoring for spaghetti again? Need a great dish for a potluck? Don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking and then cleaning up? Your Instant Pot and this recipe for Porcupine Meatballs delivers on all counts – and they as so good – and so easy!
No, these meatballs are NOT made with porcupine meat, although the kids will probably joke about! The instructions do not begin with, “first, catch a porcupine….” Porcupine Meatballs with rice get their name from the rice mixed in with the meat. As the meat cooks, it shrinks a little, and the rice sticks out like porcupine quills. Your kids will ask for these again and again, and clean their plates every time! Besides being a hit with kids, I find adults love them too, and I often bring them to parties and potlucks instead of Swedish Meatballs.
These Instant Pot Porcupine Meatballs with rice are true comfort food, warming everyone up on a cold night, and can be served in any number of ways – Italian meatball sandwiches, over any kind of pasta, or over gnocchi or even rice.
Another awesome feature of meatballs with rice is that they don’t include bread crumbs. Yes, porcupine meatballs are gluten-free! Need more gluten-free meatballs recipes? Check out gluten-free meatballs with oatmeal.
Looking for regular meatballs without rice? I have a recipe for that as well: Instant Pot Italian Meatballs. Can’t eat grains? Check out my Keto Meatballs Recipe. I got you covered in every way possible :)
Recipe tips: You can use either ground beef or ground turkey if you are watching calories. Either version is yummy. You can use regular uncooked white rice, or minute rice. Do not use brown rice as it takes longer to cook and might not be fully cooked through. The uncooked rice acts like breadcrumbs in a traditional meatball recipe, absorbing juices, and helping to hold the meatballs together – and they sure look a lot cuter!
It‘s no wonder Porcupine Meatballs were so popular in the 60s and 70s and 80s. Now, thanks to your Instant Pot, you can make them so quickly and easily! You can have a filling and satisfying dinner on the table in just 20 minutes! I remember my Mom making them, and I loved them as a child. Don’t you just love recipes that take you back to your childhood? I’m happy to be able to make them again for my family, and friends, so effortlessly. Mom would be proud – and envious!
If you like Instant Pot Porcupine Meatballs with rice, you will also love these other Instant Pot recipes:
Instant Pot Pasta – did you know that you can cook perfect pasta in the Instant Pot? Once you try it, you’ll never want to deal with a pot of boiling water!
Instant Pot Chili – this is the easiest chili recipe ever! Just dump all ingredients in your Instant Pot and come back to steaming hot mouthwatering chili!
Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Casserole – another hearty “dump” dinner made in your Instant Pot! So easy and yummy!
Instant Pot Mushrooms – perfectly cooked mushrooms with no effort! Use them as a healthy side dish or a sauce/topping for meat!
Instant Pot Hamburgers – yes, perfectly cooked burgers in your Instant Pot! So juicy and no need to watch them and flip them!
- 1 lb ground beef or turkey
- ½ cup uncooked white rice
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 jar (26 oz) pasta sauce
- 1 cup water
- Pour water into the Instant Pot.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, rice, salt and pepper. Shape the meat mixture into 1-inch meatballs and put them in the Instant Pot. Pour the pasta sauce over the meatballs.
- Close the lid of the Instant Pot and turn the valve to a Sealing position. Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time to 15 minutes.
- When the Instant Pot finishes cooking, quick release (QR) the steam.