Prep 10 mins
Cook 50 mins
This recipe actually came from the Rice-a-Roni box, but I added the mushroom soup--it gives it far more flavor. We have eaten this since my girls were small they are now 30 & 36 (oh dear, I feel old).
- 1 (6 7/8 ounce) box beef flavored Rice-A-Roni
- 1 egg
- 1 lb hamburger
- 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
- 2 1⁄2 cups water
- This recipe may be increased as many times as needed.
- Mix together egg, hamburger and rice & vermicelli mixture (not seasoning mixture).
- Make into meatballs--all same size (your preference).
- Brown meatballs on all sides, frying without a lid.
- POUR OFF ALL FAT.
- Mix 2 1/2 cup water and the seasoning packet to make the gravy; pour gravy mix over pan of meatballs.
- Simmer about 30 to 45 minutes.
- Pour mushroom soup over meatballs and simmer an additional 10 minutes, or till gravy is smooth (simmer with lid ON).
The rice-a-roni in the meatballs didn't cook and was crunchy. The sauce, however, was tasty. Where it said "make gravy with seasoning mix", I added about 1/2 C. water and then cooked it 30 minutes. Maybe I should have added more water and/or cooked longer? My husband said not to make it again.
This one didn't work out too well for me. I followed the recipe with only one small change- I added half an onion, diced, to the meatballs. I used two cups of water initially to make the gravy, then added more later with the mushroom soup to thin it out more. After simmering on low for about half an hour, the meatballs were crunchy in parts due to rice that wasn't cooked, and the meatballs that were fully cooked fell apart while simmering and turned into an unattractive "slop". The flavor wasn't bad, but it really didn't look good. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but I don't think I'll try this one again. Thanks anyway!
A fairly simple dish to prepare with tasty gravy. This was more like a 3 /12 star recipe as I like a lighter texture to my meatballs, and these were rather solid; however, the sauce was yummy and reminded me of something Gramma used to make when I was a kid. I, too, used the amount of water called for on the Rice-A-Roni package to mix with the seasoning pack.