Instant Pot Gluten-free Porcupine Meatballs #Recipe

Instant Pot Gluten-free Porcupine Meatballs Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Many times when we have meatballs it’s with one pasta or another, or by themselves for sandwiches. Sometimes I like to make the meatballs with rice, which is often called a porcupine meatball. When I do this, I like it best when they’re in a red sauce. I love rice, and when the rice cooks in the meatballs it takes on the flavor of the meat and sauce while remaining very tender inside the meatballs. I have made these in the oven and had the rice actually poke out like a porcupine. When I make them in the Instant Pot the rice doesn’t poke out in that same way, but the flavor is still great. These meatballs can take on an almost stew like thick and chunky consistency, if the meatballs break apart a little. Don’t panic if this happens because the flavor is even better. Here’s how I make them.

Instant Pot Gluten-free Porcupine Meatballs

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Equipment Needed

  • Instant Pot
  • large mixing bowl
  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoons

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  • 1.5 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup dried chopped onion
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 28 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water

Instant Pot Gluten-free Porcupine Meatballs Recipe From Val's Kitchen


Spray the Instant Pot with nonstick cooking spray.

Place all of the ingredients except the tomato sauce and water into a large mixing bowl and combine thoroughly.

Form meatballs.

Pour the tomato sauce and water over the meatballs.

Set the Instant Pot to cook on manual high pressure for 15 minutes.

Allow pressure to release naturally.

Serve and enjoy!

Instant Pot Gluten-free Porcupine Meatballs Recipe From Val's Kitchen

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I'm a Jersey girl, I was born and raised here and have lived here for almost my entire life. I'm a mom of 2 boys – TJ, a 21 year old, and CJ, an 18 year old with Down Syndrome. I am the oldest of four children. I am also a social media enthusiast, cat person, and Down syndrome advocate. I love coffee and milkshakes. My favorite dessert is cheesecake. I love rock music, tech, travel and food. And cheesecake. I HATE the misuse of the word retarded. I take it personally and find it very offensive. Did I mention that I love cheesecake?

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  1. Meatballs for the win! My boys could live on meatballs, so I will definitely be trying this awesome Instant Pot recipe soon!

  2. I don’t own a instant pot but I do have a crockpot and of course oven which we use all the time for our different meatballs. Will have to give your recipe a try.

  3. This is perfect! I love my Insta pot in the more recipes I can doing it the happier I am. This one looks divine and I cannot wait to try it.

  4. Wow, these look really tasty! I love my insta pot and my girls love meatballs, so this is a win-win recipe for us!

  5. My mom used to make porcupine balls when we were little. I haven’t had them in years. This sounds like an awesome recipe.

  6. These meatballs are big, wow. I have never had them before. This recipe looks very juicy and tasty.

  7. I really like porcupine meatballs but I haven’t made them in ages. I didn’t know that you could make them in the instant pot.

  8. What never heard of combining rice and meat to make meatballs! I am always looking for a good Instant Pot recipe. Will need to try this one!

  9. Yay for meatballs! One of our family favorites is a huge pot of meatballs which we can make into many different things. Your meatball recipe is similar to mine, but I will try making yours! Can’t wait to get this started.

  10. Looks like this will be a much loved dish in my house. My boys are all about meatballs and they will devour this dish in minutes. I would be lucky if they leave some for me.

  11. My family loves porcupine meatballs! Knowing there is a gluten free option is great as we have a few friends that are gluten free. This gives me another option for them.

  12. Thanks for the recipe!

    And I agree about the use of the term “retarded” – people, just don’t use the R-word, it makes you look ugly to the people around you.

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