Say hello to your new favorite 30-minute-meal! This easy one-pot dish is great for nights when you forget about dinner until everyone is starving. The meatballs make it nice and hearty. Use store bought meatballs to speed things up even more!
Today after Charlotte’s dance class, a little girl walked up to me, her wide eyes on my 8-month-pregnant belly. She said wisely, “I see you have an EGG in there!” Ha! Well something like that, kid.
Later I was in the grocery store getting stuff to make dinner, when it was already past dinnertime. My kids were definitely letting me know that I had made a bad parenting choice: maniacal laughing, “fall-down hugs,” running up and down the aisles, randomly grabbing merchandise. Crazy hyper children is always preferable to the alternative (crazy tantrum children), but still enough to drive any mom insane. Especially one who waddles as much as I do.
We were in the meat department and I was walking fast while they lagged, hoping that passers-by wouldn’t know the screaming-laughing kids were with me. A lady with an indulgent smile said to me as I passed, “They just have the BEST laughs!” And I said, “You know what you’re right, but right now I still want to strangle them. You basically just saved both of their lives, congratulations.” Thank you, indulgent smile lady. My children owe you one.
You’ll love this Meatball and Rice Recipe
Who’s ready for some meatballs?? This recipe is adapted from a recipe in my friend Mary’s cookbook. Mary has a fabulous blog over at Barefeet in the Kitchen, and she just released her first cookbook The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook. I did a review for the book here, and shared her recipe for Chinese Beef and Broccoli Soup, which was absolutely fabulous I must say.
She has a recipe for Kielbasa with rice and peas. It looks really delicious, but I haven’t tried it as written yet. The only prepped meat I had in the freezer on the night I needed to make a quick dinner was meatballs, so I changed up the recipe to work with meatballs. It worked out great! Someday I will try the kielbasa version. Maybe. These are good meatballs.
Meatball with Rice Recipe Ingredients
I made this twice, once with frozen Costco meatballs, and once with my Homemade Easy Baked Meatballs. I liked it both ways but of course fresh homemade meatballs are always going to be better than the frozen ones. But sometimes you just have to git er done, and frozen store bought meatballs totally got it done.
My kids loved this. Are your kids as obsessed with rice as mine are? This meal is basically perfect for them.
Meatballs and Rice
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
- 1 pound homemade meatballs, or store-bought meatballs
- 3 cups beef broth*
- 1 & 1/2 cups uncooked rice, rinsed
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or more to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- 1 & 1/2 cups frozen peas, or however much looks good to you
- 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup parsley, fresh, chopped (optional)
- Thaw the meatballs if they are frozen. I just stuck them in the microwave for a couple minutes. They don't have to be completely thaw, just enough that they will finish thawing and warm up while cooking the rice.
- Heat a high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil.
- When the oil shimmers, add the garlic and saute 1 minute, until fragrant.
- Add the meatballs and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the beef broth, rice, garlic powder, pepper and salt. Scrape up any browned bits.
- Stir and bring the heat up to high so that it comes to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low to maintain a simmer. Cover with a lid.
- Continue to simmer with the lid on for 15-20 minutes, until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed. Stir at 15 minutes to make sure it isn't sticking.
- When the rice is cooked, remove from the heat and season to taste, adding more salt and pepper if you want.
- Stir in the peas. Add as much as looks good to you.
- Add the green onions and parsley, if using. Cover until the peas are warm, just a few minutes.
- This is great with a big green salad. I actually ate mine right on top of a bed of spinach. If you wanted you could stir fresh spinach into the meal and let it wilt while it's still on the stove.
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Has anyone made this in a insta pot
I know this recipe was posted a long time ago, but I’ve been using it at least once a month forever…I just started sautéing white onions with the garlic at the beginning and it has amped this one up even further!! Great dinner!! Kids love it too!!
This recipe was a great inspiration! I did alter it a bit because I needed to use up some items in the fridge. I sautéed half a sweet yellow onion (chopped) and some sliced mushrooms while I was searing the meatballs (I had mild Italian sausage meatballs fresh on hand). I used mushroom flavoured better than bullion. The boys LOVED IT.
Okay whaaat I did not even know they made mushroom flavored better than bouillon! That is awesome I need to check that out. Thanks so much for coming back to review Dawn, you are awesome! So glad you all enjoyed it :)
I made this tonight and it is absolutely delicious ! It was easy to make and as someone said in another review – it tastes like fried rice with meatballs but with half the fuss.
I made your homemade meatballs recipe, so easy and so delicious.
The one reviewer who said it sounds rather plain tasting – you really should try it, it is not at all plain, at all, it is truly yummy!! I also read someone added sriracha sauce to it , not for me but I mentioned to my husband who likes some heat – he added sweet chili sauce on the side as we we don’t have sriracha at the moment – he loved it with or without .