Several months ago I shared my recipe for meatballs. If you followed my advice, you have been using the meatballs and know how much time preparing 5lbs of meatballs at a time saves. You might be running out or low on meatballs. If that is the case- make up 5lbs this week. I would recommend making the meatballs on the weekend when you have an extra 30 or so minutes. As far as this meal, because it goes in the instant pot it comes together so quickly. The meatballs fully cook in the instant pot and the rice fully cooks. You can use different noodles but you want to cook the meatballs for at least 10 minutes so they fully cook.