Vegan Thai-Style Curry Soup

Amusingly, just after I planned this for dinner, my youngest (adult) child said she had re-watched a Hello Kitty episode about red curry today. I guess it was meant to be!

Ingredients

  • 4+ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 container of tofu, cut into 1 inch cubes or wedges
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 shallots, sliced thinly
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 6 cups faux chicken broth – I like the “Better than Bouillon” brand
  • 2 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 (12-ounce) package rice noodles
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice from 2 limes

On the side: 

  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves 
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • diced avocado
  • hot sauce (sriracha?) 

Process

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat
  • Add garlic, carrots, celery, bell pepper, and shallots. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender
  • Stir in red curry paste, turmeric, and ginger and cook for a couple of minutes
  • Add broth, brown sugar, and coconut milk
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile, pan fry the tofu in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until browned  and then add to broth after it has simmered for 10 minutes
  • Cook the noodles al dente according to directions, and then toss lightly in a bit of olive oil or leave in a cold water bath until plating
  • Remove soup from heat and add lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve the soup over the noodles with avocado, green onions, cilantro, basil, and hot sauce to preference
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