Rice-Noodle Bowl with Blended Meatballs

June 11, 2018
Serves 2 bowls

Recipe courtesy of Laura Rege, recipe developer and food stylist, former senior member of the editorial teams at Food & Wine and Martha Stewart Living


  • 2 Tablespoons
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 Ounces
    cremini mushrooms, finely chopped in a food processor
  • 8 Ounces
    ground pork
  • 1/2 small
    shallot, finely chopped (2 Tbsp)
  • 2 cloves
    garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons + 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons
    fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons
    fish sauce
  • 1
    fresno chile, chopped or a large pinch of chile flakes
  • 4 Ounces
    vermicelli rice noodles
  • For serving:
    lettuce leaves, carrot ribbons, thinly sliced cucumber and radish, basil, mint, and cilantro, chopped roasted peanuts, and fried shallots


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until lighty golden and cooked down, about 5 minutes. Scrape into a medium heatproof bowl and let cool slightly.

  2. Combine the cooked mushrooms with the pork, shallot, half of the garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon of the honey. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Using damp hands, roll the mushroom mixture into 1-inch balls, about 12. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes or covered up to overnight.

  3. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium high and add the meatballs, cook, turning frequently, until browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, place the noodles in a medium heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.

  5. Stir the lime juice with the remaining 2 tablespoons of honey, the remaining half of the garlic, the fish sauce, chile, and 2 tablespoons water.

  6. Divide the noodles and meatballs among 2 bowls and drizzle with dressing. Serve with the fresh vegetables and herbs, peanuts, and shallots.


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