Meatballs and Gravy Over Rice Recipe

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May 22, 2024
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Find out how to make easy meatballs and gravy recipe in less than 30 minutes with only six ingredients! Very convenient, isn’t it? This tasty recipe won’t fail your expectations. It is very easy to make without compromising its flavor. Try it out! Your pals will certainly love it. It has been loved by many. Yours will do the same too. Pretty appetizing, isn’t it?

Have I told you how much I love rice and gravy? I have. Like, 50 times? Well, let me just tell you one more time that I LOVE rice and gravy. It is one of the most satisfying foods I can think of, even more than macaroni and cheese! Well, who can resist this? For sure, you, who are reading this will adore this recipe!

Easy Meatballs and Gravy over Rice Recipe

Tips and Tricks About this Recipe

Even better than rice and gravy are meatballs and gravy over that rice. You might have tried my oven baked meatballs with rice and gravy. They are delicious but take a little longer to make. The secret to making this version so quick and easy is using ground sausage for the meatballs instead of seasoning your own ground turkey, beef or pork. I also cook these meatballs in a pan instead of baking them in the oven because it is faster and you can then use the same pan to make the gravy.

You don’t need bread crumbs or seasonings, or milk. Just grab a pound of sausage and a cookie scoop, and you are on your way to a fabulous dinner. These easy meatballs could also be used for spaghetti and meatballs, or go to town with a toothpick and enjoy these meatballs on their own as a party food!

Easiest Ever Meatballs and Gravy - You only need 6 ingredients and 20 minutes for this delicious dinner! #meatballs #easy

Assuming you don’t eat all your meatballs before they make it to your dinner table, the sausage gravy recipe is really easy to make and is a great pairing. The color will vary depending on how many brown bits are left in the pan after cooking your sausage. Whether it’s light or dark, it will taste amazing either way. Serve these for dinner, and watch your family smile!

What to Make with Meatballs and Rice?

There are a lot of great sides and dishes you can enjoy with meatballs and rice. Here are some of my favorites:

All these sides go great with the meatballs and rice and particularly with the sausage gravy made from the sausage meatball pan drippings.

Other sauces you can serve with Meatballs and Rice

This recipe uses sausage pan gravy as a rich and delicious sauce for the meatballs and rice. However, there are lots of other great sauces you can make and enjoy with these meatballs. Here are some of my recommendations:

  • A tomato or marinara pasta sauce.
  • A cream sauce such as alfredo
  • A cream soup such as cream of mushroom or cream of tomato
  • Teriyaki or bulgogi sauce
  • Enchilada, adobo, or mole sauce

No matter which sauce you choose simply follow the below recipe until the send of step 3. After cooking the meatballs and removeing them from the pan, add your desired sauce and bring to low a simmer over medium heat. Scrape up any bits of sausage in the pan and then add back in your meatballs and cook for another 2 minutes. As you can see this recipe can have a lot of variety by simply switching the sauce.

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Meatballs and Gravy with Rice Recipe

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Meatballs and Gravy Over Rice Recipe

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Ground sausage makes it easy to cook up meatballs and gravy over rice in under 30 minutes!

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

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  1. Place ground sausage in a bowl. Spray medium skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.
  2. Scoop sausage with a medium disher (or cookie scoop) directly into the hot skillet. (If you don’t have a disher, form rounded tablespoons of meat into balls by hand.)
  3. Cook meatballs about 5 minutes until brown on one side, then use tongs to flip. Cook an additional 5-7 minutes until cooked through. Transfer meatballs to a clean bowl.
  4. Reduce heat to medium, and add flour and oil to the skillet, whisking together until smooth. Cook 2-3 minutes until flour mixture starts to brown, then very slowly add broth, about ¼ c. at a time, whisking constantly. Stir in milk, and bring gravy to a low boil.
  5. Return meatballs to the gravy, and spoon gravy over the meat. Simmer for a few minutes before serving over cooked rice.
  • Author: Andi Gleeson
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: American

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Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

11 comments

Mary Lotempio
6 years ago

Have made and enjoyed so many of your recipes, I made the sausage and gravy this afternoon.
I love cube steak, that’s on my menu probably tomorrow.

Helen Evans
9 years ago

Love your recipes!

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Aw, thank you so much! I really appreciate that, Helen!

Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen
10 years ago

Great idea of turning the sausage into meatballs! Sounds super easy and delicious (what isn’t delicious with gravy?) Pinned to try :)

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks, Sherri! I really appreciate it :)

Liz
10 years ago

Another wonderful recipe. Thank you.

Winnie
11 years ago

These look yummy. The hubby can’t have tomato, so I am always making different meatballs for him. Thank you!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

No tomatoes is hard, but gravy instead of tomato sauce is a pretty nice tradeoff ;) Thanks so much for your comment!

Buttons
11 years ago

This looks delicious and super easy! I love making pan gravy, I could seriously just eat that on rice and may or may not lick the pan clean so that none goes to waste…Now I have another reason to prove to my husband that we do, in fact, need to replace the junky cookie scoop thing that recently bit the dust because I actually use it all the time, meatballs!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Buttons! The visual of you licking not the plate but the PAN clean really made my day. So funny. Yes you need a new cookie scoop! I saw a set of 3 sizes that would be even better. I like the bigger one for muffins.

Buttons
11 years ago

I always use an ice cream scoop for muffins and cupcakes, it is perfect and they all turn out the same size instead of some gargantuan ones and some that barely make it over the top. I never even knew they made smaller sized ones! I will definitely be keeping my eye out for a good deal on one :)

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