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Porcupine Meatballs (MF)

These are a treat for me because I used my beloved Rao's marinara. Using Rao's definitely brings up the fat grams, but I think its worth it. These meatballs are filled with rice which makes them a little more filling and a little funny looking, hence the name porcupine meatballs. I like serving this with some garlic toast which is literally buttered toast that is rubbed with a garlic clove. (Use as much or as little butter on the toast as your macros will allow.)
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 293kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef 96/4
  • 1/2 cup long grain white rice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons fat free milk
  • 3 cups Rao's Marinara Sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • fresh basil optional


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir ground beef, rice, salt, pepper, onion powder, Italian Seasoning, egg white and milk together until well mixed. Roll into 24 small meatballs and place into prepared baking dish.
  • Cover meatballs with marinara sauce and water. Cover tightly with foil and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes before serving. Top with chopped fresh basil and enjoy.


The more accurate macros for 6 meatballs (1 serving) are: 369 calories, 14.7g F/27.5g C/29.5g P.
If you are making these with ground turkey, here are the macros for 6 meatballs which is 1 serving: 339 calories, 5.4g F/36.5g C/ 32.5gP.


Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1056mg | Potassium: 1062mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 819IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 5mg