Coconut-Curry Noodle Soup

When I was a kid and we had a snow day, my mom would always make us “noodle soup” which was such a treat. She even had this trick to cool it down really fast…put an ice cube in it! Mind. Blow. Flash forward 10 years and I come to realize “noodle soup” is just Ramen. Clever mother. Either way, I loved the stuff (I know, I know, it’s horrible for you). There was always something so comforting about that steaming bowl of noodles. When I’m sick, it’s still the thing I crave. 
If you live in the northeast or have been watching the news, you know that is absolutely frigid here. Not just “oh it’s winter and it’s cold” frigid, like waking up in the morning and the thermometer (who am I kidding, weather app) says it’s -4 frigid. I want to eat all the soup. 

Lucky me, I was working from home today and miraculously had all the makings of this soup in my fridge and pantry. This came together in about 15 minutes and totally hit the spot. It’s warm and comforting and just a little bit spicy to help get the blood flowing on this chilly arctic day.

Coconut-Curry Noodle Soup

serves: 2 (or 1 hungry hippo)
time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tbsp grapeseed or safflower oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons (depending on preference) red thai chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2-3 cups chicken broth (depending on how much broth you like)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk (from a can, either lite or regular)
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • rice noodles
Directions
  1. Cook rice noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a medium sauce pan. Add chili paste and stir until fragrant (1-2 min.)
  3. Add broth and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and add coconut milk. Add curry powder and turmeric. Make sure the broth is just simmering. Add spinach leaves to wilt in the broth. 
  4. Add noodles to broth and stir to combine. Taste; add salt if desired. Serve!
Note: You could also add other ingredients leftover in your fridge – some shredded chicken, snow peas, squeeze of lime/lemon, parsley, cilantro. Also, turmeric will stain clothes and temporarily stain your skin.

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