Five Spice Pork Meatball Soup

Eating two Tex-mex dishes had me wanting to eat a little lighter. I have 4 days till vacationing in Europe, where I will eat decadent foods, so I need to slow it down a little until then.  Always a fan of Asian inspired soups, this dish evolved into a wonderfully, light and filling dish. The broth is so good, that I keep going back for more and then had to stop myself. White pepper, salt, and five spice powder make this soup so tasty, you will not even think you are eating soup, especially when diving into a pork meatball. Such a personal favorite, and I hope it becomes your favorite as well.


8 oz ground pork, reduced fat
3 Tbsp onion powder
1 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 Tbsp chives, chopped
1 large egg white, lightly beaten

2 Tbsp peanut oil
1 large onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 inch ginger root, peeled and bruised
32 oz chicken broth, reduced sodium
1 Tbsp soy sauce, reduced sodium
4 oz Shitake mushrooms, stems discarded and sliced
4 oz button mushrooms, sliced
2 oz Napa cabbage
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
1/8 tsp salt


Prepare meatballs by mixing, in a small bowl, pork, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, white pepper, and chives. Add egg white to the mixture to bind it. Mix with hands, squeezing pork between fingers. When all ingredients are fully mixed together, roll mixture into tiny, bite size meatballs. Set aside.

Heat a saucepan and add oil. Once oil is heated, add onion, garlic, and ginger and fry to bring out the flavors, but do not let them brown.

When onion is soft, add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Stir in soy sauce and mushroom slices. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Add meatballs and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and remove ginger from saucepan and discard. Gently stir in Napa cabbage, white pepper, five spice powder, and salt.

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 4
Serving size: 1/4 of recipe (14.8 ounces).
Calories 287.40

% Daily Value
Calories From Fat  155.37  54%
Total Fat 17.56g  27%
Saturated Fat 4.66g  23%