January 23, 2015

Porcupines 5 0 5 6
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • 15 mins

    8 hrs

    8 hrs 15 mins

  • Yields: 3-4


500g mince

1 tsp crushed garlic



1/2 cup of rice raw

1 grated onion (optional)

2 420g tins of tomato soup

1 410g tin of crushed tomatos

Flour for rolling into balls


1Place mince, rice, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix together.

2Once combined roll into golf ball size balls in the flour.

3Add the soup and tomato tins yo slow cooker, stir to combine. Place meatballs in the sauce give a little cover of the sauce over each meatball then put lid on.

4Cook on low for 8hrs

Submitted by Simone Field


15 Reviews


April 28, 2021

These were great! So easy and recipe fed 5 of us with left overs for another night!
Only thing I’d change is the sauce was a bit rich (I used condensed soup so that may be why…..) so next time I’ll play around with that. Maybe 1 tin of soup, 2 tins tomatoes.

Marion Walsh

January 21, 2021

These were absolutely delicious! I added garlic powder, vegeta, onion salt, , double the garlic to the meat mix and also seasoned the soup and crushed tomatoes with herbs and garlic salt because I love ALL the garlic! Will definitely make these again!

To cook through regular meatballs they’d only need more like 4hrs, but these have rice in them, hence the high volume of liquids in the sauce. You wouldn’t need so much if you used store bought with no rice in them πŸ™‚

Kim Johnstone

June 25, 2020

If I used store bought meatballs would the cooking time be the same?

Margaret McCluskey

June 17, 2020

Made these today , they were ready in 6 hours. The rice cooked through, they stayed in shape, I should have turned them over after a few hours as the bottom of some of them were a bit burnt. They tasted good but the sauce was a bit too rich for me.

You could, it would just have a different consistency and more acidic like tomatoes than creamy like soup πŸ™‚ You could also do the tomatoes then maybe stir through some cream at the end?


May 4, 2020

I wonder instead of using tomato soup could you use pasta sauce?


March 13, 2020

Great recipe!
They were delicious!!! Mmm


June 30, 2019

Can never get the rice to soften- what’s the secret! Your rice if choice in this recipe?

Mince is just what you would call ground beef. So yes you could make with turkey instead. Or chicken too


June 29, 2019

Mince? Ground Turkey can be used instead right!

Elaine Pilcher

June 12, 2019

Made these,last night. Did double batch as feeding men. Taste was just like the ones mum made many years ago. They even stayed as balls! Will use more soup next time, as boys like the sauce. Will be making again. Yum!!


August 5, 2017

Made these for the first time in the slow cooker. Have had them before done in the oven. I much prefer the SC! So delicious, I would only add a little curry powder to the mince next time to boost flavour of the mince. Will make again πŸ™‚

Kim Knol

May 25, 2016

I add curry powder to the meat balls as well, comes out with such a good flavour πŸ™‚


March 12, 2016

Didnt add full amount of rice as stated in recipe, i added garlic granules to the sauce mix and its a big hit in this house great on pasta or served with garlic bread and a salad

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