Porcupines in Gravy

Family Dinner

Growing up my family of six ate together every night. I have four kids, in the oldest of four kids, my mom did it so I can too, right?

My favorites are dinners that require the absolute minimum in dirty dishes. After cooking, the last thing I want to do is more dishes.

So I came up with this one bowl, one pan wonder. My only extra dishes for this were a cup and an ice cream scoop.

I mixed

2 boxes of Rice a Roni (in two flavors even, Beef and Pilaf, because that’s what I had on hand)

2 Eggs

2lbs of ground beef

Salt and Pepper

All in one bowl, seasoning packets too!

I used the Ice Cream scooper (the biggest one) heaping full and plopped them all in. I couldn’t even get all of the mixture until I rolled them into balls.

I mixed 2 packets of gravy mix into 2 cups of hot water.

Poured the mix over the meatballs and added 3 more cups of hot water.

Covered the pan and popped it into a 350 oven for an hour. Hubs thinks 30-45 minutes would have done it, so go for a lower time and check a meatball to see if they’re done.

This conveniently makes its own (thin) gravy right there in the pan. It does have rice in it so if you don’t feel the need to serve it on a second starch you’re good! I served it with just a side of veggies.

Kids loved it. Hubby loved it enough to eat t he leftovers the next day!

Kids requested I make it again soon.


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