Hearty Soup with Quinoa and Pork Meatballs
Hearty Soup with Quinoa and Pork Meatballs
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Hearty Soup with Quinoa and Pork Meatballs

30 MIN
45 MIN






  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.


  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.


  1. Wow!! This is such an amazing recipe! The first time I made a soup, which was excellent, and the second time I made it as a sauté. I doubled the sauce for the meatballs, put half with the meatballs and half with the udon noodles in a wok with a few veggies. Both turned out great! Thanks Ricardo :)

  2. I love this soup!!!!! I used sesame oil instead of vegetable oil and it turned out great. Great soup for the whole family !

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