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Grandma’s Meatballs and Rice

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Grandma’s meatballs and rice is a simple but hearty meal that cooks together so all of the flavors meld nicely. All you need is a vegetable and dinner is done!

Close up of a meatball on a fork next to pile of homemade meatballs and rice with mushrooms.

If you are looking for a filling dinner that is easy to make, look no further. This gem from grandma’s recipe box features simple meatballs cooked with rice and lots of beef broth for a tasty meal.

I am still working my way through grandma’s recipe box. There are just so many tasty things to try in there.

This recipe comes from a newspaper clipping that touts it as an easy dinner under $5. Of course, with grocery prices being what they are, you can no longer make it for that price.

But you could probably still get the job done for under $15. And you would spend more than that getting mediocre fast food for the family, so this is a much better option!

Just make some simple meatballs from ground beef, bread crumbs, and a little bit of milk. You can use ground turkey or venison if you prefer.

Brown the meatballs in a little bit of butter then add in the rice, water, and beef consume. We love mushrooms, so we stirred in some of those as well.

You can leave the mushrooms out if you would like. That is the beauty of cooking for yourself, make it your way!

The original recipe didn’t include cheese, so we didn’t add any. However, I think some melted gruyere would give it a french onion soup vibe.

Serving of meatballs and beefy rice with mushrooms with pan of remaining rice and mushrooms in the background.

You could also soften some onions in the butter after you brown the meatballs. That would be delicious too.

We served ours with garlic roasted mushrooms. However, it would also be great with a green salad, roasted green beans, or some roasted brussels sprouts.

Dinner plate with meatballs and rice served with garlic roasted mushrooms, ready to eat.

Grandma’s Meatballs and Rice

Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Carlee
Grandma's meatballs and rice is a simple but hearty meal that cooks together so all of the flavors meld nicely. All you need is a vegetable and dinner is done!
5 from 2 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • cups rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 10.5 ounce can beef consommé
  • 7 ounce canned mushrooms undrained


  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, bread crumbs, milk, salt, and pepper.
    2 pounds lean ground beef, ½ cup bread crumbs, ¼ cup milk, 1½ teaspoons salt, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Form into about 24 golf ball sized meatballs.
  • In a large skillet or braiser, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the meatballs and brown on all sides.
    3 Tablespoons butter
  • Add the rice, water, beef consommé, and mushrooms. Bring to a boil.
    1½ cups rice, 3 cups water, 10.5 ounce can beef consommé, 7 ounce canned mushrooms
  • Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 25 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked to your liking.
  • Stir and serve.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 360kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 29gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 847mgPotassium: 512mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 144IUCalcium: 51mgIron: 4mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Wednesday 29th of May 2024

Pinned this one for later. WOW, love it


Thursday 30th of May 2024

Thank you!


Wednesday 29th of May 2024

What is a bruiser?


Wednesday 29th of May 2024

The pan I am referring to is one like in the pictures. It is almost like a shallow dutch oven. But really any pan that is about 4 qts in size with a lid will work.

Friday 17th of May 2024

This was easy and delicious.