This is a recipe that my Mom use to make when we were growing up. Though it was made with ground beef, it was one of my favorites. I pretty much only eat the rice and sauce, but I sometimes attempt to eat a meatball or two. This is such an easy and inexpensive meal. It happens to be one of Hubby's favorites, which is surprising since it it such a simple meal. The children love this one too, and I love that Mr.B is satisfied with the meatballs, without spaghetti, LOL. The beef lends a nice savory flavor to the slightly sweet tomato juice, which reduces to form a thick sauce.
1 lb hamburger meat
4 C rice, divided
salt and pepper
2 large cans of tomato juice ( I use 1 V8 and 1 tomato)
Mix hamburger meat, 2 C rice and salt and pepper. Form into 1 inch balls. place in a roasting pan and pour in tomato juice. Cover and cook in a 400 degree oven, for 1hr or until meat is cooked through and rice is tender. Cook remaining rice, when balls are just about ready. Serve meat balls and sauce over cooked rice.
Crock pot method: Make meatballs as above, placing them in your crock pot, adding the tomato juice. Cook on low for 6-8 hrs and serve over hot cooked rice.
Cindy's Notes: I sometimes add cut up green peppers and onions to the roasting pan, before cooking
Money Saving Tip: you can use plain ole tomato paste to make tomato juice, if you don't have any on hand. Use 1 part tomato paste to 4 parts water. Thanks Sandy, for the great tip!!