Japanese Meatball & Ramen Noodle Bowls (courtesy of Blue Apron)

I’m excited to share a yummy new recipe with you today – Japanese Meatball & Ramen Noodle Bowls! It’s a dish I first had a few months ago, thanks to one of my Blue Apron boxes, and it was a BIG hit with my whole family. The only problem was that the box of ingredients included a spice blend I was not quite sure how to recreate, until now. Blue Apron gave me the recipe, so I am able to share it with you in today’s sponsored post!
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Before we dive in though, I want to say that trying new recipes like this one is part of what I have enjoyed about occasionally using Blue Apron. It sort of forces you to branch out, which in my mind is a VERY good thing! Getting a box of ingredients and recipe cards also gets you into the kitchen, which can do wonders for your health. And that’s because cooking [from scratch] is “the single most important thing we could do as a family to improve our health and general well-being,” according to Michael Pollan.

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Japanese Meatball & Ramen Noodle Bowls

Japanese Meatball & Ramen Noodle Bowls

Recipe adapted from Blue Apron
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Print Recipe
Servings: 4 people


For the meatballs

For the sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 450° F. Cut and discard the ends of the squash. Cut it in half lengthwise then cut 1/4-inch thick slices crosswise. Toss squash pieces with olive oil on a baking sheet, arrange in a single layer, and roast until tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Boil the ramen noodles according to package directions and set aside.
  • For the sauce, whisk together the water, miso paste, soy sauce, and honey and set aside.
  • Discard the root ends of the bok choy and roughly chop the remaining leaves and stems.
  • In a large bowl, use your hands to combine the pork, crumbled nori, breadcrumbs, half the white bottoms of the green onions, half the ginger, sesame seeds, salt, and pepper. Form into about 24 equal-sized meatballs.
  • In a large pan with high sides (or a pot), heat 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and brown on all sides until cooked all the way through, about 6 - 8 minutes.
  • Stir in the remaining ginger and white parts of the green onions for about 1 minute. Whisk in the sauce ingredients along with 2 cups of water and the bok choy. Simmer on medium-low, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly combined and the bok choy has wilted, 4 - 6 minutes.
  • Divide the ramen noodles among 4 or 5 bowls. Top with meatballs, sauce, and veggies (including the squash). Garnish with remaining green parts of the green onions and serve warm.


We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Japanese Meatball & Ramen Noodle Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 592 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 1586mg69%
Potassium 963mg28%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 3065IU61%
Vitamin C 41.6mg50%
Calcium 134mg13%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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16 thoughts on “Japanese Meatball & Ramen Noodle Bowls (courtesy of Blue Apron)”

  1. I really want to try this recipe, but I don’t know what else I could use the white miso paste for. Any recommendations from others?

  2. I’m having trouble finding white miso paste in my regular grocery store. Any tips on where I can buy it or something I can substitute in place of this ingredient?

  3. I used Blue Apron for a few weeks and literally every recipe was delicious. However, the prep and cook times were pretty long so I had to quit using the service. I am still looking for something healthy, quick and delicious. Blue aprons is weekend fare, I need quick weekday fare with the limited Amount of time between the end of my workday and my kid’s bedtime.

    1. This has been my problem as well. The recipe will say 30 min prep – 15 min cook time, but by the time I have washed/chopped/shredded the veggies the 30 minutes are gone. Maybe I am a slow chopper but I double the amount of time the recipe says and that usually comes out pretty close to actual prep/cook time.

      My mom and I did a recipe together the other day and even with two of us it still took longer to prep than what was stated. I can only imagine that doing it with kids like in the commercial would add even more time.

    2. I’ve done both Blue Apron and Green Chef. Green Chef seems much quicker to me and has organic ingredients.

  4. Where does one find whole grain ramen noodles and what is the brand? Are they actually 100% whole grain? The meatballs sound yummy!

    1. We use this brand http://www.lotusfoods.com/index.php/products/rice-ramen/.
      I like their millet and brown rice ramen, which is whole grain (only ingredients are organic brown rice and organic millet). You can find them at Whole Foods, food co-ops, and other health food stores likely, or order them online. The only downside is that they are pretty expensive. It’s $5-6 for 1 package of 4 ramen cakes here in MN :(

    1. It appears to be 30 min if you bake squash, boil noodles, and cook meatballs at the same time. big help is to assemble everything needed first.

  5. Blue Apron doesn’t deliver to us here in Alaska, but I love how much attention this company is getting! I have a lot of family in “the lower 48” who I know would benefit from this! It’s tough seeing what a great idea it is and wishing those who can use it would at least give it a shot! Thanks for the post :)

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