Coconut Curry Soup
 

(serves 10)

 

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This is a very simple soup to make, but please, please, please prepare all of your ingredients before you turn on the flame.  Once you start cooking, this soup comes together quickly.  If you turn away before you add the broth, you risk burning this flavorful base.

INGREDIENTS 
2 Tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
4 Tbsp minced shallots
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp minced lemongrass (from bottom 4 inches of stalks, discard tough outer leaves)    
4 Tbsp minced ginger
3 Tbsp red curry paste
2 Tbsp curry powder
2 - 13.5 oz cans unsweetened coconut milk
8 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 tsp sugar
3 Tbsp fish sauce
5 carrots, peeled and diced into small cubes
2 cups frozen peas
1/2 lb dried angel hair pasta
1 lb skinless boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cooked and shredded
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 limes, cut into wedges

METHOD
In a large stock pot, heat the oil over medium heat and add the shallots, garlic, lemon grass and ginger.  Cook for 3-4 minutes and stir occasionally to avoid burning.  Add the curry paste and powder.  Stir for one minute.  Slowly add the coconut milk.  Stir to combine ingredients thoroughly.  Add chicken broth.  Bring to a boil.  Add sugar, fish sauce and carrots.  Cook for about 3 minutes, until carrots start becoming tender.  Add frozen peas and angel hair pasta.  Cook until pasta is al dente.

Portion chicken into bowls.  Ladle soup over the chicken and top it with scallions and cilantro leaves.  Add a generous squeeze of lime.

Serve with warm Indian flat bread or a crusty baguette for a comforting meal.

THOUGHTS
A warm pot of soup is an easy way to make a lot of people happy.   It’s filling and comforting.  Never fussy.

Once you’ve reached fish sauce on the ingredient list and it’s made it into your soup pot, you can add whatever you have to fortify the soup.  Tender white fish or shrimp can take the place of chicken.  Edamame, corn, small diced potatoes, sautéed peppers, and thinly sliced chilis are all great substitutes in this soup, as are whatever gems you might find in your fridge.

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