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large serving dish with porcupine meatballs and zoodles with spaghetti sauce on top.

Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles

Porcupine meatballs and zoodles are a delicious dish for when you are craving something other than pasta. Serve this dish for dinner tonight!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • spirilizer
  • 2 9x13 baking sheet
  • parchmet paper


Porcupine Meatballs

  • 1 package microwave brown minute rice cooked to package directions
  • 1 pound ground beef I use 80/20
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce for serving
  • Parmesan for serving


  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes halved


Porcupine Meatballs

  • Cook the rice according to package directions then let it cool. (See notes)
    1 package microwave brown minute rice
  • Preheat the oven to 350-degrees.
  • Once it’s cooled add it to the ground beef. Add the panko breadcrumbs and crack the egg and pour the milk directly over them. Let soak for 3 minutes.
    1 pound ground beef, 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup whole milk, 1 egg
  • Form into meatballs and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Zucchini Zoodles

  • Prepare zucchini 'zoodles' using a spiralizer.
    2 medium zucchini
  • Add to a bowl with the diced onions and halved cherry tomatoes.
    1 small yellow onion, 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes
  • Pour olive oil over the top and stir to coat.
    1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Bake both the meatballs and the zoodles together in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • In the last 5 minutes heat up the spaghetti sauce.
    1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • Serve the noodles and meatballs together. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Enjoy!



Tips for making this recipe:

  • You MUST let the rice cool completely before adding it to the ground beef. If you don't the meatballs will not stay in ball form. I cook the rice then add it to the bowl and put it in the refrigerator while I make the other ingredients. Stir occasionally with a spoon to release the steam.
  • If you don't  own a spiralizer to make the zoodles you can use a box grater to get a similar shape.
  • To store: Add to a covered container and eat within 3 days.