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Porcupine Casserole Without Tomato Sauce

Delicious and healthy, clean eating Porcupine Casserole with rich, spicy homemade tomato sauce packed with zesty fresh flavours. If you love saucy meatballs, this is a recipe you need to get your hands on.  
Course Dinner
Cuisine Australian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Calories 392kcal
Author Kim



  • 500 grams/1 pound Lean beef mince/ground beef
  • cup raw long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon beef stock powder
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 teaspoon dried Basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried Oregano


  • 1 ½ cup Tomato Passata/Puree
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • ½ cup Sundried Tomato Pesto
  • 1 400 gram/14 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup Brown onion finely diced
  • 2 teaspoon beef stock powder
  • 1 tablespoon Crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F (fan oven)
  • In a large casserole dish with a lid, make the sauce, adding all the ingredients and stirring to combine. (See note 1)
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add all the meatball ingredients and use your hands to mix together. Shape the meatballs until you have about 15 or 16 and place each one into the sauce mixture as you go.
  • Cook in the oven for 50 minutes with the lid on.
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle with parsley and served with mashed potato and greens.


1. Its best to use a casserole dish where the meatballs will be covered with the sauce so they don’t dry out during the cooking process


Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g