Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs

Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs

Here’s a flavorful, healthy and super simple weeknight meal everyone will love. Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs, now doesn’t that sound like a fun family meal?

Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs

Last night I opened the refrigerator in hopes for inspiration. I wasn’t feeling it, you know?

I was tired.

Did I really want to cook dinner?

Not really.

But I have three kids. We have to eat something.

And last night we had nachos. Not the healthiest of dinners. (Though I used the rest of my homemade macaroni and cheese sauce as nacho cheese sauce. Amazing!) We also had fun family time picnicking on the living room floor and watching a movie.

Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs

So, last night was a whole new night and I wanted to make a tasty healthy meal. Actually, in all honesty, I wanted a tasty healthy meal to magically appear on my counter. 🙂

However, it’s not Harry Potter. What I wouldn’t give to be Mrs. Weasley. 🙂

Since I’m without magic powers, I had to figure something else out.

Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs

I saw this package of Aidells chicken pineapple teriyaki meatballs in my refrigerator. I’m not usually a person that buys meatballs. This was actually the first time. I always make my own. But my kids tried a sample at Costco and fell in love! Oh, Costco and your samples. You get me every time! 🙂

Anyway, I love Aidells sausages, and my kids were so excited, I couldn’t help but buy them. Don’t you just love it when your kids get excited about food?

I took the meatballs out and I first thought —Asian soup. Then I thought, ugh I’m the only one in my family that loves soup and it’s kinda hot out. I looked in the pantry and found some spaghetti noodles.

Then I was inspired.

Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs was born.

I took out Asian related ingredients — red bell pepper, garlic, green onion, kale, ginger, carrots, bok choy, tamari, Sriracha, sesame oil, celery and a few others.

Then I chopped all the veggies and started the stir fry while I boiled the noodles.

My daughter came in and asked if she could help. She’s the best 7 year old! I’m so blessed. I love that she likes to help me in the kitchen. She brought in the step-stool and started sautéing the veggies. She loves the smell of sautéing garlic and so do I. What about you?

Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs

Dinner turned out great!

While at the beginning of the night I felt less than enthusiastic about cooking, I slowly got back into my groove. The need to create something for my family energized me. And my daughter’s willingness to help topped it off.

Together we created, Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs, a fun, delicious and healthy family meal.

One last note.

The pasta in the dish is great on it’s own. So, if you’re vegetarian or vegan, just leave it out. Or you could sub in tofu. It can even be gluten free if you use gluten free pasta.

Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs
Here’s a flavorful, healthy and super simple weeknight meal everyone will love. Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs, now doesn’t that sound like a fun family meal?
Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
For the Sauce
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
For the Sauce
Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to package directions. After the pasta is done, drain and toss with a bit of oil so it doesn’t stick together.
  2. Chop all the veggies.
  3. Mix the sauce in a small dish.
  4. Heat a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add oil.
  5. After oil gets warm, add celery, carrots and bell pepper. Sauté for about 3 minutes (stirring), then add garlic and ginger. Sauté for a minute, unit garlic is fragrant but not browning.
  6. Add green onion, kale, bok choy and meat balls. Stir for about 2 minutes, until the kale softens a bit.
  7. Pour in the sauce. Stir. Add the pasta and toss. Add a few sprinkles of sea salt and taste.
  8. Before serving add sesame seeds. Additionally, serve with extra Sriracha for those that like a spicier dish.
Recipe Notes
  • I cooked a 13 ounce package of pasta but I didn’t use it all. 10 ounces is an estimate. Add a little pasta at a time, toss and add more until it’s the right constancy.
  • I used coconut sugar but you could sub in brown sugar or even raw cane sugar.
  • Use more Sriracha if you’d like a spicier dish. I have 3 kids so I made the dish on the mild side and add extra spice from my husband and I.
  • The pasta in the dish is great on it's own. So, if you're vegetarian or vegan, just leave it out. Or you could sub in tofu. It can even be gluten free if you use gluten free pasta.

If you love traditional spaghetti and meatballs, check out my recipe, the meatballs are slow cooked in the sauce the traditional Italian way. If you’ve never made meatballs this way before, you must try it! Homemade meatballs slow cooked in spaghetti sauce are one of my all time favorite foods. 🙂

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4 comments on “Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs

  1. Its great when you can knock up something tasty from what you have in the fridge even if you do not have magical powers. This looks delicious. Thank you for linking to #CookBlogShare

  2. Yum! I love this Asian take on spaghetti and meatballs – it’s the sort of thing that would go down so well with my kids – especially my daughter who just loves Asian flavours…and noodles!! Eb x

    • Thanks! That was my hope. So many kids love spaghetti and meatballs so I figured, meatballs would make Asian food more fun! It worked! My son loved it. Hope your daughter does too. 🙂

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