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Hearty Soup with Quinoa and Pork Meatballs

  • Preparation 30 MIN
    Cooking 45 MIN
  • Servings 4
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Quinoa and ground pork join forces to not only jazz up the protein mix but add fluffy texture and nutty notes to meatballs that float in a fragrant broth.

Ingredients

Meatballs

Broth

Preparation

Meatballs

  1. In a saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the quinoa for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Press to remove excess water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, pork, panko, egg, green onions, garlic, sesame oil and sambal oelek. Generously season with salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Working with lightly oiled hands, shape each meatball using 1 tbsp (15 ml) of the mixture. Set aside on a plate and refrigerate.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, mirin and hoisin sauce and set aside.

Broth

  1. Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium-high heat, brown the green onions, ginger and garlic in the oil. Add the broth and cilantro sprigs. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the aromatics with a slotted spoon. Return to a boil and add the noodles, without stirring. Turn off the heat, cover and keep warm.
  2. In a large non-stick skillet, brown half the meatballs at a time in the oil over medium-high heat, about 4 minutes. With all the meatballs in the skillet, stir in the soy sauce mixture. Continue cooking for 1 to 2 minutes or until the sauce begins to caramelize and coat the meatballs.
  3. Ladle the broth and noodles into bowls and add the meatballs, bean sprouts and cilantro leaves.

Healthy Pick

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