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Meatballs & Rice

  • Family-Friendly
  • Ben’s Beginners
  • Ready Rice
  • 30 - 45 MIN
  • Microwave
  • Beef
  • Servings
  • Prep
  • Cook
  • Total
  • Hearty


  • Meaty


About This Dish

    A simple twist to an Italian favorite that takes less than 30 minutes to make. This recipe calls for some hands-on family fun!


    • 1 cup uncooked  UNCLE BEN’S® Ready Rice Original Long Grain
    • 1 finely chopped Small Onion
    • 1 clove Garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons Fresh Parsley, chopped 
    • 1 Egg
    • 1/4 cup Water
    • 1 lb Lean Ground Sirloin
    • 1/2 teaspoon each Salt & Pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon Allspice

    For Spiced Tomato Sauce

    • 1 can Petite Diced Tomatoes with Garlic
    • 1/2 cup Water
    • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon Allspice
    • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon


    1. Preheat oven to 375°F. 
    2. In a medium bowl, combine onion, garlic, parsley, egg and water. Let children help whisk until combine.
    3. Add ground sirloin, uncooked UNCLE BEN’S® rice, salt, pepper, and allspice into the bowl and mix well. Don’t be afraid to use your hands and let kids help here!
    4. Once the meat is mixed well with the spices and herbs, pinch off little bits and shape them into 1 1/2 - 2 inch balls (about the size of a golf ball). Kids can have fun doing this. The size doesn’t matter or even the shape.
    5. Arrange meatballs in lightly greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish. This is a good opportunity to teach about proportions and math!
    6. In a small bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients and mix. 
    7. Pour sauce over meatballs, then cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. 


    Amount per serving (5 total)

    Calories: 295
    Total Fat: 11g 17%
    Saturated Fat: 4g 20%
    Trans Fat: 0g
    Sodium: 537mg 22%
    Carbohydrates: 24g 8%
    Dietary Fiber: 2g 6%
    Sugars: 5g
    Protein: 22g
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