Saucy Mama Asian Pork Meatballs with Miso Orange Noodles

asian pork noodles with saucy mama noodlesEarlier this year, Saucy Mama needed food bloggers to create, test, and share recipes using Saucy Mama dressings, marinades, and sauces.  I, of course, applied and asked to participate.  Luckily, I was chosen and the fun began.  Of all the recipes I created, this is my favorite.

Aside from being pasta, and I LOVE pasta, the meatballs are super easy to make.  The sweet and tanginess of Saucy Mama’s dressing combined with the saltiness of the soy sauce and crunch of the cabbage made me want to eat bowl after bowl.

Ingredients

1 lb. ground pork

¼ c. Saucy Mama Miso Orange Dressing/Marinade

¾ c. chopped green onions

1 egg

½ c. Italian breadcrumbs

1 TBSP vegetable oil

½ c. chopped celery

2 cloves garlic–minced

3 c. shredded cabbage & carrot cole slaw mix

½ c. soy sauce

¼ c. light brown sugar

¼ c. Saucy Mama Miso Orange Dressing/Marinade

¾ lb. spaghetti noodles—cooked according to package directions—reserve ½ c. pasta water

Directions

To make meatballs…

In a large bowl, combine pork, ¼ c. Miso Orange Dressing, ¼ c. green onion, egg and breadcrumbs.  Using a cookie scoop, form into meatballs…approximately 24 meatballs.  Place meatballs on an aluminum foil covered cookie sheet.  Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

In a small sauce pan, combine brown sugar and soy sauce.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer until brown sugar dissolves.  Stir in Miso Orange dressing.  Set aside.

In a large skillet, heat 1 TBSP vegetable oil.  Saute ½ c. green onions, celery, and garlic over medium heat until celery softens.  Do not allow garlic to burn.  Add cabbage and ¼ c. of soy sauce mixture.  Saute over medium heat until cabbage begins to soften (approximately 4-5 minutes) stirring frequently.  Add cooked pasta and ¼ c. soy sauce mixture.  Toss to combine vegetables and pasta.  If mixture becomes too thick, add pasta water until pasta no longer sticks together.  Add meatballs and remaining sauce.  Toss to combine.  Serve immediately.

Serves 4.

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