Weeknight Dinner: Thai Shrimp and Noodle Soup


We have a fabulous little Thai place within walking distance to our house. However, when it's rainy and cold in the Midwest, I rarely want to get out again once I'm home from work on the weeknights. Craving all things Thai, I decided to make some soup that could last us couple days while we huddle up in the house to stay warm.

Spicy, sweet, and a little sour is the only way I can describe the flavor of this broth. (Don't let the picture fool you. Even though it looks like it's all noodles, the broth is very much there and is the best part.)
Thai Shrimp and Noodle Soup
Adapted from Taste of Home's Recipe

-1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp (uncooked)
-2 cloves garlic (minced)
-1 yellow onion (chopped finely)
-1 cup chopped carrots
-1/2 cup diced green onions and 1 jalapeno (garnish)
-1/2 cup cilantro (chopped)
-4 cups chicken stock
-1 can coconut milk (I used a 13.5 ounce can of light coconut milk.)
-2 tablespoons red curry paste (I used Thai Kitchen brand found in the Asian section.)
-3 tablespoons of fish sauce
-1 teaspoon minced ginger
-1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
-2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 
-8 ounces rice noodles ("rice sticks")
*Optional: 2 teaspoons of Sriracha
1. In large stock pot, saute minced garlic and onion in 2 tablespoons of your choice cooking oils for 3-4 minutes. Add minced carrots and continue cooking until carrots are soft.
2.  Check the package directions beforehand, but most rice noodles only require soaking in hot water to cook. Mine soaked in hot water for 4 minutes, were drained, and then set aside (See pic below.)
3. Add broth, fish sauce,  curry paste, and ginger to vegetables. Once boiling, lower heat to medium. Add shrimp and cook 4 minutes.
4. Add lime juice, coconut milk, curry powder, cilantro, and Sriracha (if using). Add noddles and continue cooking on medium for an additional 5-7 minutes until soup is hot. (Do not over cook or the shrimp will be chewy.)
5. Serve soup hot and garnish with green onions, jalapenos, a lime wedge and extra cilantro.
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  1. Looks delicious!!! I love Thai food, especially cilantro, I could put it in everything. A great winter warmer but even refreshing for this stinking heat in Aus!

    1. I forgot about warm winters below the equator. I'm sure you get fresher seafood there than we do in land locked Mid America!

  2. That seriously looks amazing right now. I do love Thai food--my husband cooks it occasionally (he is the cook in the house)....but I am thinking I should make this for him. :) No doubt he would be excited! It is 70 degrees here--but this weekend, it is supposed to be a good chilly rainy weekend. Perfect for this!

  3. Mm this looks delicious! I just love all thai food, but I never try to make it. I really should start with this delicious looking recipe here.
    2014 girl! I'm going to be thinking of you the whole darn time.

  4. This looks delicious! Thai flavors are wonderful.
    I wanted to invite you to join us at Pantry Party. This month's theme is soup :) http://lawstudentscookbook.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/pantry-party-january-2013-announcement/

  5. Yummy! It's 16 degrees here in New York and this hot and flavorful soup looks so tasty! Thanks for posting it!

    1. Perfect to warm you up (and clear out the sinuses:) Thanks for stopping by, Kay.

  6. Made this today Heather thanks to pinterest~!!! Just LOVED it! My guests were pleased as well !

  7. It is freezing outside, and I am craving this! We are having it again tonight for the thousandth time, and never tire of it! Thanks so much for sharing! (Originally found this on Pinterest)

    1. Thanks os much for letting me know! Glad you enjoyed it:)


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