This meal is definitely no Panda Express, but if your looking for a more authentic tasting dish to add into your meal rotation, then this is a good place to start. Brad and I have only had sweet and sour Asian meatballs before not this kind of these kind of ginger, soy sauce, garlic Asian flavors in a meatball before, and we were pleasantly surprised with the outcome. They also have a tiny kick with the Chinese Garlic Hot sauce, which I think definitely adds to the flavor.
The Best part about this meal was that I made it for our Anniversary! Brad and I celebrated four years of marriage this year and its been awesome. We both served our missions in Taiwan and we had kind of an Asian themed wedding reception when we got married, and so to celebrate this year Lucy, Charlie, and I all got dressed up in Chinese garb and put a sign on the door saying, “Anniversary Kitchen Cafe'”. Lucy opened the door like she was the waitress when brad got home. He loved it! Then we made him get dressed up in Chinese clothes! Anyways, enough said…lets get cooking!
Asian Meatballs with Lime Butter Pasta
1/2 cup panko crumbs (found near the bread crumbs at the grocery store)
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro ( I left this out because my husband is one of those no cilantro people)
3 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tsp. chili garlic sauce or red pepper flakes (more or less depending upon your taste buds)
1 Tablespoon of white sugar (optional for a sweeter meatball)
Sauce for the noodles:
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons water
1 chopped green onion
2 tablespoons of butter (for the noodles)
16oz long pasta; green onion (garnish)
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Mix beef, panko, egg, salt, scallions, cilantro, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, white sugar, and 2 teaspoons oil and mix with your hands until combined well.
Shape 1/4 cup meat mixture into a ball and transfer to a baking dish.
Repeat until you have 12-16 of the same sized meatballs. Bake in a deep cooking sheet or Pyrex casserole dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray until cooked through, 15 minutes. While meatballs bake, cook pasta per package instructions. Also, mix together sauce. Remove meatballs from oven. Drain pasta and back to the pot over low heat. Add the butter to the pasta and stir until melted. Add the meatballs on top of the pasta and pour sauce over the top. Toss to coat. Garnish with green onion if desired.
recipe source: Healthified kitchen