• Serves 4
  • 15 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 10 Ingredients


This porcupine casserole is a super easy, delicious, healthy dish that the whole family will love! A fun and yummy take on a meatball casserole – get the kids in the kitchen and teach them about healthy, delicious cooking! Can be easily made gluten-free by purchasing gluten-free tomato soup & stock powder.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 420 grams salt-reduced, tomato soup
  • 415 grams no added salt, crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tsp salt-reduced chicken stock powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic (in jar)
  • 500g very lean beef mince/premium beef mince (can use chicken mince or pork mince)
  • 1/3 cup raw long grain rice
  • 1 egg white


  1. Pre heat oven to 190ºC fan forced.
  2. To make sauce: In a large casserole dish (that has a lid) combine ingredients 1-7 (listed above) to make the sauce. Pour into casserole dish and leave to one side.
  3. To make meatballs: In a medium size mixing bowl combine ingredients 8-10 (listed above) to make meat balls. Using your hands mix together well. Shape into 12 round meat balls, add to casserole dish and bake for 1 hour.


DIETITIAN’S TIP: Take care to choose lean mince to avoid eating too much saturated fat.

  • Looks great l!!


  • It deffinantly looks like something I’d love to make for a nights dinner looks quite delicous tha ks for sharing


  • Hmm, was just deciding what to make for dinner tonight for the kids, I think this is what I needed to find! Thanks


  • I do love this as a meal option. It’s something filling that I could definitely make for my family that would keep them full and well fed.


  • This would be lovely in the winter months.


  • I used to make a dish something like this. Will have to cook it again soon I’m thinking


  • Oh, I’ve seen a similar dish somewhere. But this one looks a lot prettier. Very original too!!


  • haven’t had these for ages! Yum!


  • I thought this was made of porcupine and was so confused lol


  • We also call these Porcupine Balls & they are delicious!!!
    We serve them with mashed potato, mashed pumpkin, peas & corn.
    It is a family favorite & I highly recommend it!
    It’s great to see other recipes of this amazing dish pop up, thanks for sharing :)


  • I was bought up on this similar recipe and it was always a fave for everyone, we called them porcupine meatballs!


  • oh, wow, these suckers sound awesome, and are way healthier than the ones I made in the 90’s


  • We call these porcuipine balls! Love them, a staple here!


  • I adore this recipe – I have been making it for years…. love love love


  • Takes me back to my childhood made the way mum did. Not as some have with cooked rice.


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