Meatballs and Rice Noodles

An Asian spin on spaghetti and meatballs, these pork and beef balls are nestled atop spicy rice noodles flavored with lime, garlic, and fish sauce. Try grinding 2/3 pound shrimp as a substitute for the pork mixture; the shrimp cooks in just 6 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 487
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 15.1g
  • Saturated fat: 5.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 6.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g
  • Protein: 19.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 66.7g
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Cholesterol: 59mg
  • Iron: 1.9mg
  • Sodium: 905mg
  • Calcium: 36mg


  • 3 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bacon slice
  • 6 ounces ground sirloin
  • 6 ounces lean ground pork
  • Cooking spray
  • 10 ounce rice vermicelli or thin rice stick noodles
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (such as Lee Kum Kee)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint


  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth. Add beef and pork; pulse to combine.
  2. Divide meat mixture into 12 equal portions, shaping each into a (1-inch) ball. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cook 10 minutes or until meatballs are done, browning on all sides.
  3. Cook noodles in boiling water 6 minutes; drain. Combine warm water and next 5 ingredients (water through 4 garlic cloves), stirring with a whisk until sugar dissolves. Combine basil, cilantro, and mint. Divide noodles evenly among 4 plates; top each serving with 3 meatballs. Drizzle each serving with about 1/3 cup sauce; sprinkle with about 2 teaspoons herb mixture.
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