August 25, 2020

Slow-Cooker Balsamic Meatballs with Rice Noodles

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 2 hrs
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balsamic meatballs with rice noodles

Slow-Cooker Balsamic Meatballs with Rice Noodles is a recipe that I came up with last week! It was simply too hot to cook so I pulled out the slow cooker. This is a recipe that requires very little prep and results in a delicious meal that's super easy to make. The broth is a bit tangy and savory from the balsamic vinegar and the meatballs are seasoned to perfection.

I love slow cooker recipes because they typically easy and allow you to prepare your meal in advance. Slow cooker meals are especially awesome in the summer when it's too warm to cook. Here in the DMV, the weather has been in the mid to high 90s as of late. Even with central air, it's HOT! This recipe was the perfect thing to make to avoid turning on my stove or oven and allowed me to keep my house nice and cool!

slow cooker meatballs with rice noodles

Another thing that I love about this recipe is that it doesn't require a store run. All of these ingredients are typically items that are in your pantry. Balsamic vinegar is something that I love using because the flavor is always unmistakably delicious. Also, when pairing balsamic vinegar with dijon mustard and red onion, the result is always so good!

What have you been making this summer to keep cool? Has it been hot where you live too?

balsamic meatballs with rice noodles

let's make Slow-Cooker Balsamic Meatballs with Rice Noodles!

  1. Start by combining balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, beef broth, and ketchup in a slow cooker and stir until all ingredients are combined.
  2. Combine ground beef and seasonings in a mixing bowl and form meatballs, about 1-2 tablespoons in size.
  3. Roughly slice red onions and add to the slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours! Add in spinach or bok choy 30 minutes before the timer is up on the slow cooker and then make noodles according to package instructions.
  4. Pour broth over noodles and add meatballs and veggies and eat up!
balsamic meatballs with rice noodles

Balsamic Meatballs with Rice Noodles

Slow-Cooker Balsamic Meatballs with Rice Noodles is an easy weeknight recipe. You set it and forget it then you've got a delicious dinner!
Serving: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Calories: 520kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsps dijon mustard
  • ½ cup Beef Broth
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Bok Choy Or Spinach
  • ½ pack Rice Noodles

Directions

  • Add Balsamic vinegar, ketchup, dijon mustard, and beef broth to a slow cooker and stir ingredients together.
  • Add ground beef, onion powder, thyme, salt and pepper to a large mixing bowl and mix until all ingredients are combined. Form into meatballs and place into a slow cooker.
  • Roughly slice a red onion, add to slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours.
  • 30 minutes before the slow cooker timer is up, add a few handfuls of bok choy or spinach and allow to cook down.
  • Cook noodles according to package instructions. Add broth and meatballs on top of rice noodles. Top with Sesame if you'd like!
  • Eat!

Nutrition

Calories: 520kcal
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American

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  1. First of all Britney, these images are stunning as always! I am so excited to make this recipe for the fall! The list of ingredients seems, and 5 steps seems completely manageable! Can’t wait to try this!

  2. Such a unique recipe for a slow cooker! I’m going to try this especially with fall and winter season coming up!

  3. I love the flavors of the meatballs and the sauce was so tangy, it was perfect for the rice noodles! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. These meatballs were SO delicious and full of flavor. I subbed in kale for the bok choy since that's what I had, and it was great! I can't wait to make them again.

  5. I made this last week and it was a huge hit in my house! It was super simple to throw together in all the flavors were on point thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. Come thru flavor!!!!!!! These are delicious enough and have guests over and quick enough to prepare when you have no energy for a weeknight elaborate meal but still want something delicious

  7. These meatballs are full of flavor! I just bought a bunch of rice noodles for pad thai and now I can use them for this recipe, too!