“Buy me pizza and tell me I’m pretty.”

Edit above quote – pizza would be enough.  Pretty is such a relative term.  I’m me, and that, also, is enough.

Love these pizza balls!  They satisfy my craving for pizza without the carb-laden crust and don’t require precooking anything.


1 lb ground beef

2/3 cups uncooked rice

1 T minced onion

1/2 t salt

1/2 can tomato soup

6 ounces (3/4 cup) water

6 ounces (3/4 cup) pizza sauce

1 T Worcestershire sauce


Get out two bowls.  One is for the liquid ingredients and one is for the rest of the ingredients.  That’s as complicated as it gets.

This two bowl alert is here to assist someone who, making this the first time, dumped everything into one bowl and then, realizing what she had done, had to undo the error.  This required adept hands for picking out grains of rice and mental gymnastics to explain about the tomato soup on the wall.  It got messy.

So you already know that the liquids go in one bowl and the meat etc goes into the other bowl.

Preheat oven to 360 degrees.  Get out a deep baking dish.  Combine the meat, onion, rice, and salt.  Shape into meatballs.  I made 8 rather large balls and put them into the deep baking dish.

Combine all the wet ingredients and pour this mixture over the meatballs.  Cover the dish and bake for about one hour.

Because of the glitch during the creation of this fabulous dish (?) I included my go-to, husband-is-going-to-love-this, lunch items.  I added peas with butter and some of those giant biscuits from the exploding can.  Good move!

So … how did these turn out?  The recipe didn’t indicate how large to make the meatballs so I made 8 large.  They didn’t cook through in the allotted time so I split the meatballs in half and put the dish into the microwave.

Also, I used brown rice because that’s the kind I use and the rice remained just a bit chewy.   At least the meat was cook through.  Last step.  I topped the dish with cheese and put it back into the oven for about 5 minutes.  Cheese covers a multitude of sins.


Finally, when we were finished with the meal, I placed the remains into a slow cooker set on low for a few hours.  By diner time it was perfect.  Yes I’d make this again because the flavors were wonderful.

Moral of the story – use white rice, make about a dozen balls, cherish your supportive partner if you have one.  I do and I do.

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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