Almondigas, Meatballs Misua Soup is also known as Bola Bola Soup or the Filipino Meatball Soup. This can easily be your weeknight dinner. Meatballs, noodles, and broth are all you need, and you have dinner in under thirty minutes.
Almondigas Filipino Version of Meatballs Soup
Albondigas means meatballs in Spanish. So my title was redundant: meatballs, meatballs misua soup. Haha. And for some funny reason, it is Almondigas in the Filipinos. Each corner of the world has its own version of the meatball soup. Mexican – version has the rice and mint in their meatballs with a rich tomato broth. In contrast, ours has the Chinese influence of adding the misua, the salty wheat noodles, and simple, clear chicken broth.
If you are pinning several Filipino soups and stews, this should be part of that collection.
There are 3 main elements in this recipe: the meatballs, the misua, and the soup.
Aromatics and vegetables make up for this flavorful meatball with the clear broth as its canvas. It is the fish sauce that makes.
Misua and Where To Buy
Misua is salted wheat noodles. You can find this in Asian stores. If you cannot find it, you can replace it with angel hair. When cooking with misua, go easy on the salt because misua brings in a lot of flavors. Adjust flavor (salt, fish sauce, etc.) after you’ve added the misua. l
If you have a bunch of time and freezer real estate for homemade chicken broth, go ahead and do it! It’s the best. For me, my go-to is Better Than Bouillon.
The fourth unmentioned element is the zucchini. Because it is a one-pot meal, I try to add in as many vegetables as I can. If available, I would add some collards or kale, and this is healthy-ish and yummy.
The quickest way to this meatballs soup is a food chopper for all the vegetable ingredients. Then mix the rest in a bowl. I usually taste test a small portion by pan-frying. If I’m happy with the flavor, I start rolling the balls. If you have the time, you can bake a big batch and freeze it.
At this point, I will start heating the broth. Once it simmers, add the meatballs.
Misua cooks in a couple of minutes, so this should be the last thing you add to your pot.
I highly recommend you make flavor adjustments in the last part because misua is salty.
The trick to making this a quick recipe is not to be a perfectionist in rounding up the balls. Believe me, it will distort at some point, but the most important thing is it holds itself with a little imperfection, and the flavor is there.
Make ahead: meatballs and broth.
Misua is a salty wheat noodle, so be conservative on the flavor. Make last-minute flavor adjustments AFTER you’ve added the misua.
You can make a big batch of meatballs. Even ask your kids to help out. Freeze and store. Then just
Not traditional, but you can also add other greens to make this dish healthier: kale, collards, broccolini, and zucchini. These are great substitutes if you do not have access to Patola.
Almondigas Meatballs Misua Soup is The Perfect Filipino Meatball Recipe because you have your meat, starch, veggies, and broth in one pot. Also, I always think of this on rainy days. It’s wonderful comfort food for me.
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Almondigas: Filipino Misua and Meatball Soup Recipe
You can do this meal in 30 minutes—three major elements here: meatballs, misua (salted wheat noodles), and broth. I added zucchini in replacement of patola (luffa or ridge gourd). Once you have all three ready, you have your one-pot meal prepared in 15 minutes.
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