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Thai Meatballs and Spaghetti

Incredibly flavorful Thai meatballs made with chicken or pork, and spiced with ginger, garlic and cilantro. It all comes together with a slightly spicy red curry peanut sauce served over noodles. Thai Spaghetti and Meatballs is a fun way to transform a classic!

Thai meatballs served with red curry peanut sauce over noodles and you get Thai Spaghetti & Meatballs! Healthy, clean eating! | Kitchen Gidget

Several years ago I tried some Thai meatballs which first gave me the idea for this dish. It’s a fun play on the Italian classic. I used my love for chicken satay with peanut dipping sauce as the basis for my Thai spaghetti and meatballs.

When I think of meatballs, I immediately think of the many sauces simmering around savory bites of meat. In my opinion, meatballs are made for sauce – tomato, cream, grape jelly – almost any kind of sauce! They go together like peas and carrots.

Thai meatballs with chicken or turkey spiced with ginger, garlic & cilantro. Healthy, clean eating! | Kitchen Gidget

The sauce is a cross between Thai red curry and peanut sauce. It’s dairy-free but creamy thanks to coconut milk, it has flavor and spice from red curry paste, plus the toasted nuttiness of peanut butter. This sauce is so good it can stand on its own!

But today’s feature is all about the meatballs. They’re made with ground chicken so they are naturally lean. You could also use ground pork, or a mixture of the two. I added some pork to mine so they wouldn’t be too dry, but it depends on the fattiness of the chicken you’re using. Thai turkey meatballs is also an option!

The meatballs are seasoned with ingredients that are traditional Thai flavors, yet should be easy to find. So no lemongrass or fish sauce here. Instead, plenty of fresh cilantro (I fall more in love as I grow older), green onion, garlic and ginger!

Thai meatballs with chicken or turkey spiced with ginger, garlic & cilantro. Healthy, clean eating! | Kitchen Gidget

I am a ginger fanatic. That zippy, fresh flavor just can’t be beat. Too much, however, and it can really burn your sinuses.

A couple months ago my husband added several LARGE chunks of ginger to a smoothie, thinking that he was adding frozen peeled bananas. Wow, what a surprised when we slurped down that first taste! That kind of spice will put hair on your chest!

But don’t worry, there’s no fire in these Thai meatballs. Only perfectly balanced flavor. If you want to spice things up, you can add minced jalapeños or dried chile flakes.

Thai meatballs served with red curry peanut sauce over noodles and you get Thai Spaghetti & Meatballs! Healthy, clean eating! | Kitchen Gidget

I chose to bake my meatballs because it is so easy that way. I also used a cookie scoop to help evenly portion out the balls. Just mix, scoop, roll and bake!

These meatballs would also be tasty without the sauce. Just serve with rice or a vegetable salad. Or, eliminate the noodles and serve the meatballs in a crockpot of peanut sauce as an appetizer at your next party!

~ Thai Meatballs with Red Curry Peanut Sauce ~

Thai meatballs served with red curry peanut sauce over noodles and you get Thai Spaghetti & Meatballs! Healthy, clean eating! | Kitchen Gidget

Thai Meatballs with Spaghetti

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Thai meatballs spiced with garlic, ginger and cilantro. Served over speghetti with a red curry peanut sauce!

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground chicken or pork, or mixture of the two
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the sauce:

  • 1 can (14oz) full fat coconut milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons red curry paste (more if you like it spicy)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water
  • 12 oz dried spaghetti
  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • Lime wedges, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425F. Set a large pot of water to boil for the pasta.
  • For the meatballs:

    1. Combine the chicken (or pork), green onion, cilantro, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper until well mixed. Roll 2 tablespoons of meat into balls and place on a baking tray. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.

    For the sauce:

    1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together coconut milk and curry paste and bring to a simmer, about 5 minutes. Add the peanut butter, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, 1/4 cup of water and mix well. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if necessary. Thin with additional water if too thick. Simmer over a low heat to keep warm.

    To serve:

    1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain.
    2. Top pasta with peanut sauce and meatballs. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges.

    Notes

    I used a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop for the meatballs, which yielded 18 meatballs.

    Did you make this recipe?

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    This Sunday Supper is hosted by Sue Slusser Lau of A Palatable Pastime.

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    Sue Lau

    Wednesday 6th of April 2016

    Nice and spicy! My red curry paste is pretty hot actually. I like it that way!

    Rebekah

    Thursday 7th of April 2016

    Same - the spicier the better!

    Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm

    Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

    I just love this flavor profile for these meatballs. YUM

    Rebekah

    Thursday 24th of March 2016

    Thanks! It's a power combo!

    Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook

    Sunday 20th of March 2016

    My husband would love this dish!

    Tara

    Monday 14th of March 2016

    I love Thai food so much, I would be all over this recipe, a must make!!

    Hezzi-D

    Monday 14th of March 2016

    This is such a fun Thai version of Spaghetti and Meatballs!