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Porcupines in a Pot

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  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes (plus 5-10 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Porcupines in a pot is an Instant Pot recipe that has the flavors of porcupine meatballs (rice, tomatoes, beef, cheese). It takes a fraction of the time to prepare and to cook. 


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (1 oz) package onion soup mix
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup converted rice
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute setting. When display says HOT add in the beef and break it up. Add in the onion soup mix. Brown for 5 minutes. 
  2. Pour in the water and scrape bottom of pot so that nothing is sticking. Turn off Instant Pot. 
  3. Sprinkle in the rice. Dump in the tomatoes, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce. 
  4. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 4 minutes. When time is up let pot sit for 5-10 minutes and then move valve to venting. Remove the lid.
  5. Stir. Sprinkle cheese on top and let it melt. Serve and enjoy!
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Instant Pot