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Thai Peanut Noodles with Turkey Meatballs

Golden turkey meatballs sit on top of creamy + spicy peanut butter noodles. Who can resist a bowl of Thai noodles!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword peanut noodles, turkey meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 meatballs (4 servings)
Calories 550 kcal

Ingredients

Thai Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried ginger or 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro, loosely packed
  • 3/4 cup day old bread (without crust) cubed
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (or almond milk) added a tablespoon at a time
  • 2 tsp Sesame oil to brown the meatballs

Thai Peanut Noodles

Instructions

  1. It is easiest to make the turkey meatballs first and prepare the remainder while they cook. Keep them warm in the oven until you're ready with the rest.

Thai Turkey Meatballs

  1. Place the ground turkey in a small bowl.

  2. In another bowl, mix the bread cubes with the buttermilk - add just enough buttermilk that it coats all the bread cubes and has a little to absorb. Let that sit for about 5 minutes until all of the bread is soft and wet.
  3. Add the bread and all of the dry spices, salt, sugar, cilantro, fish sauce, and zest to the bowl of a Cuisinart or mixer. Blend everything together, then add 1/4 of the ground turkey. Blend again until incorporated.

  4. Add the blended mixture to the rest of the ground turkey and mix together by hand.
  5. Start shaping the meatballs: Grab a baking sheet to place them on and some water to dab on your palms to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands!

  6. Once you have nice evenly formed balls ready to cook, heat the oven to 350F and add a couple tablespoons of sesame oil to an oven proof pan over medium-high heat.

  7. Once the oil is hot, sear the meatballs until nicely browned on a couple sides, turning as you go. This will take about 5 minutes.
  8. Once browned, place the pan in the heated oven and finish cooking the meatballs - about another 5 minutes. Keep warm until ready to eat.

Peanut Sauce + Noodles

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. 

  2. Boil noodles according to package instructions - 3 to 4 minutes. RESERVE 1/2 cup of pasta water to loosen peanut sauce.

  3. For the sauce: In a sauté pan over low or medium-low heat, combine sesame oil, soy sauce, Sriracha, lime juice and fish sauce. Cook for about 30 seconds.

  4. Add peanut butter, whisk to combine, then turn off heat. The mixture will develop into a paste.

  5. Add reserved pasta water, whisking as you go, a couple tablespoons at a time until the sauce loosens and you reach a desired consistency. Usually about 1/4 cup pasta water will be all you need. If you find the sauce too spicy for your liking, you can dilute the sauce with more pasta water or mix the sauce with extra noodles.

  6. Add cooked noodles and mix to combine.

  7. Top with turkey meatballs, sesame seeds and additional cilantro.

  8. Serve with a side of greens or veggies of choice.

Notes

inspired by Cravingsinamsterdam.com + Food52.com

Nutrition Facts
Thai Peanut Noodles with Turkey Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 550
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.