Fragrant pork & rice one-pot

Fragrant pork & rice one-pot

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
Deliciously spiced pork meatballs and rice are simmered together in this stew, saving on washing-up

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal408
  • fat20g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs43g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein17g
  • salt1.56g


  • 4-6 good-quality sausages
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • ½ onion, finely chopped



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  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp each ground cumin and coriander
  • 140g long grain rice
  • 850ml vegetable stock
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • ½ small bunch coriander, leaves picked


  1. Split the sausage skins, squeeze out the meat, then roll it into small meatballs about the size of a large olive. Heat the oil in a large non-stick saucepan, then brown the meatballs well on all sides until cooked – you might need to do this in batches. Set the meatballs aside.

  2. Add the onion and garlic to the pan. Soften for 5 mins, stir in the spices and rice, then cook for another min. Pour in the stock and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer, scraping up any sausagey bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer for 10 mins until the rice is just cooked, then stir in the meatballs with some seasoning. Ladle into bowls, scatter with coriander and serve with crusty bread.

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23rd Mar, 2020
Rice took a lot longer than 10 minutes to cook, should have brought it to a full boil before turning it down but I think it would still take at least 20, otherwise very good recipe.
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Lin Van Oevelen
4th Dec, 2017
I found this when looking for easy one-pot recipes for camping. This definitely fit the brief. It is so very easy and will be very easy to adapt too. I didn't "roll" the meatballs, just squeezed balls out of the skin into the pan. I also didn't take them out of the pot after I browned them. I don't get why you'd want to do that. You can't overcook a meatball and cooking in the sauce gives them more flavour. I increased the rice to 200g (140g would make it very liquidy) and added some broccoli when I added the stock.
28th Apr, 2017
The whole family really enjoy this meal. The only changes I made was to use minced meat for the meatballs (included egg yolk, salt, pepper, oregano and cumin to give the balls some flavour), added some additional peppers (green and orange as that's what I had in), some smoked paprika and after I took the kids out I added some chilli powder for a kick for us. Delicious :)
29th Sep, 2016
Dry tasty and easy to make will become a regular in our house now!
23rd May, 2016
Cheated a little bit by using Swedish meatballs instead of sausages, but the result was really easy and tasty.
11th May, 2015
Another happy punter here! Delicious, quick and easy, and freezes well - what more could you ask for? I try to use sausages with a little something different extra in them, just for added flavour, but it works well with plain pork too.
3rd Apr, 2015
This is great, added a little hot chilli powder and some smoked paprika to the sauce, made the difference.
15th Feb, 2015
This recipe will definitely become one of our regulars. The sauce is delicious and it's so quick and easy to make, perfect for weekday tea-time!
25th Jan, 2015
I love this recipe, it makes a regular appearance on my menu because it's so tasty and quick to make. I use slim chipolatas as it's easier to make the little meatballs, and add 1/2 a teaspoon of hot smoked paprika and spinach. Reheats well. Perfectly delicious midweek supper.
4th Dec, 2015
Love this recipe! Most times I have followed the recipe exactly and it turns out great, although I do add a little extra water to stop it becoming more like a risotto. I also don't bother to squeeze the meat out of the sausages, just chop them up with scissors, takes 30 seconds!


5th Mar, 2017
I used to make this years ago, but there was also a suggested change to the recipe, using a tomato sauce to serve with pasta. I can't seem to see this now, is it still available anywhere?
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10th Mar, 2017
Thanks for your question. The alternative is still there but you'll now find it by scrolling through the recipe tips below the recipe. In case you can't spot it, here it is. Italian pork balls with spaghetti: Brown the sausage meatballs in a frying pan until golden, then set aside. Soften the onion and garlic as above, then stir in 1 tsp dried oregano, the chopped tomatoes, ½ can water and 1 tsp sugar. Simmer until saucy, then stir in the meatballs for a few mins until cooked through. Serve over spaghetti, topped with grated Parmesan.
7th Dec, 2015
Woukd this be able to be made in the oven?
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14th Dec, 2015
Yes you should be able to in theory although we haven't tried it so cannot guarantee perfect results. Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 -  it should take approx 15-20 mins. 
26th May, 2015
Hi, I haven't made this for a really long time but I'm sure when I used to make it, it had cumin seeds in it as well as ground ones. Maybe it's just me having a really bad memory but please correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks
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16th Jul, 2015
Hi there, thanks for your question. This recipe uses ground cumin and ground corriander but if you would like to add some whole cumin seeds too that would be lovely for an extra cumin flavour boost. Try toasting them first in a dry non-stick pan and sprinkling them on at the end
12th Jul, 2013
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10th Apr, 2020
Missed out the onion and replaced with a diced carrot, did 200g rice to serve 4 and added in some frozen peas near the end of cooking. Didn't have coriander but used smoked paprika instead and also added about 1/2-1tsp chilli powder. Nice, easy meal.
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