Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatball and Broccoli Noodles
This saucy noodle dish packs a one-two punch of flavor and protein, with roasted meatballs, broccoli and a umami-packed no-cook sauce.
Noodles and meatballs are one of my tip-top, all-time-favorite comfort foods. I mean, what could be better than tender, savory meatballs in a saucy nest of carbs? These meatballs and noodles are not your standard spaghetti and red sauce fare. They have a decidedly Asian twist, with the flavors of ginger and garlic, but it’s the addictive coating of sweet and spicy sauce that really makes this noodle dish sing.
The sauce combines a few funky-ish ingredients, fish sauce and garlic-chili paste, that can be easily found in the international section of most well-stocked supermarkets. I was easily able to locate both in my standard-American grocery store. The fish sauce and chili paste add a pungent, umami background to the sauce and play wonderfully with the salty soy, tart lime, fragrant garlic and ginger and sweet maple. It’s a sauce that hits all kinds of flavor profiles for a sweet, salty, tangy, spicy flavor party.
To begin we make some meatballs using ground turkey, an egg, panko bread crumbs, onion, scallions, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper.