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Beef Meatball and Soba Noodle Soup

Meatballs are a great way to introduce lamb into more casual, shareable formats; it’s familiar, but endlessly variable with flavors and cuisines, from Spanish to Korean.

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 10 minutes
    •    Cook time: 20 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 4


    •    1 litre water
    •    1 tbsp sugar
    •    1 litre beef stock
    •    2 tbsps fish sauce
    •    2 tbsps vegetable oil
    •    500g lean beef mince
    •    3 cloves garlic, peeled
    •    3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
    •    1 packet (270g) soba noodles
    •    1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, sliced
    •    1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled
    •    1 stalk of lemongrass, bruised with back of knife
    •    200g sugar snap peas or snow peas, trimmed & halved
    •    4 spring onions, white parts roughly chopped, green parts sliced and set aside
    •    lemon wedges, to serve
    •    toasted sesame seeds, to serve


  1. In a medium saucepan combine stock, water, sugar, lemongrass & sliced ginger. Place on medium heat and simmer.

  2. Meanwhile combine the white parts of the spring onions, remaining ginger, and garlic in a food processor. Pulse till finely chopped. Add breadcrumbs, fish sauce and beef. Pulse until the mixture comes together (don’t over mix!).

  3. Form heaped-tablespoons of the mixture into meatballs by firmly rolling them between your palms. This mixture is very easy to roll and should yield about 20 or so meatballs.

  4. Add oil into a large pot over high heat, add meatballs and leave to brown on one side for 3 minutes. Carefully flip meatballs over and brown for another 2-3 minutes.

  5. Add simmering stock to the pot with the meatballs through a sieve (to catch the ginger and lemongrass, which you can discard). Turn the heat down and let the meatballs simmer gently for 5 minutes.

  6. Add the soba noodles and cook for 3 minutes. Add sugar snap/snow peas, cook for another minute.

  7. Serve soup in large bowls, with generous squeeze of lemon juice and some sesame seeds sprinkled on top.

TIPS: To bruise the lemongrass, simply bash it with the back of a heavy knife on your cutting board all along the stalk. If you cannot find lemongrass, you may replace it with a few strips of lime peel instead.

This great family recipe is thanks to Australian Beef Recipes at


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