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Thai Noodle Soup is a bold and flavorful soup, easy to make and on the table in 30 minutes. Creamy coconut milk, with a kick of heat from red curry paste, creates the mouthwatering broth for the chicken and vegetables. Serve over your favorite rice noodles for a delicious gluten free meal.

THIS POST WAS FEATURED IN STILLWATER LIVING MAGAZINE
Thai Noodle Soup in bowl, topped with garnishes, with extra soup in Dutch oven

I’ve always loved Asian cuisine, but I only started making it at home a couple of years ago. For some reason, I had this irrational fear that it was difficult to make. So when I did make it at home I stuck with very simple recipes using bottled sauces. I had the same fear with soup, and it took much longer to conquer that one.

So it’s kind of ironic that my very first soup recipe–and one of my first Asian recipes–on the blog was Thai Shrimp Soup. It conquered many of my fears in one big bowl of delicious goodness.

My only other soup recipe in Stillwater Living Magazine is Chicken Tortilla Soup, so I figured it was time to change that. After a lot of back and forth, we decided on Thai Noodle Soup

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS
  • It’s easy to make and is on the table in under 30 minutes
  • You can substitute vegetables to your preference
  • You control the level of spice in this gluten free soup
2 bowls of Thai Noodle Soup, finished with garnishes, ready to eat
INGREDIENTS FOR THAI NOODLE SOUP
  • Rice noodles
  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Red Curry Paste
  • Coconut Milk 
  • Chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • Vegetables: red bell pepper, baby bok choy, fresh ginger, and raw garlic
  • Baby bok choy
  • Garnish options: fresh lime juice, fresh basil, cilantro, red onion, spring onion, Roasted & Salted Peanuts
INGREDIENT TIPS FOR THE PERFECT THAI NOODLE SOUP

Rice noodles are traditional for Thai Noodle Soup, and I’ve used both Pad Thai Noodles and Vermicelli Rice Noodles.

The noodle aisle of an Asian market has LOTS of different brands and noodle thicknesses. Don’t let that overwhelm you…pick your favorite and it won’t be wrong.

Soften dry rice noodles before using. Bring a pot of water to a boil, remove from heat, add noodles, and soak for 5-10 minutes. Drain and serve.

Allow each layer of flavor to develop before adding the next layer. That’s really the key to most soups and sauces

I prefer full fat coconut milk because it thickens the soup well. You can use lite coconut milk if you prefer

Don’t add the dark green bok choy leaves until the last couple of minutes, because they are delicate like baby spinach. The stems are sturdy and can withstand longer cooking

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Saute garlic and ginger in a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot. Stir in curry paste and cook for about 4 minutes

process pictures: sauteed ginger & garlic on left; red curry paste stirred in on right

Add chicken and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in white stems of bok choy and cook for about 3 minutes

process pictures: chicken added on left; bok choy stems added on right

Add broth, coconut milk, and red bell peppers. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer for about 2 minutes.  Add bok choy leaves, and simmer until wilted

process pictures: broth, coconut milk & red peppers added on left; bok choy greens added on right
A DUTCH OVEN (OR HEAVY BOTTOMED POT) MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE

I never understood the appeal of enameled cast-iron cookware, until I house sat for friends who have pretty much every size of Le Creuset cookware.

I became obsessed and wanted one in every size. My bank account doesn’t agree, so I started with a 2-qt Dutch Oven and use it all the time.

If you are on the fence as well, here’s why I highly recommend the investment:

  • Cooks more evenly than regular cookware
  • Needs only low or medium stovetop heat for almost every dish
  • Retains heat really well
  • Dutch ovens can go straight from stovetop to oven
  • Depending on the brand, a Dutch oven can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees
Thai Noodle Soup, topped with garnish, in serving bowl, ready to eat
OPTIONS FOR THAI NOODLE SOUP

Make it vegetarian by omitting the chicken and using vegetable broth. I would also substitute diced sweet potato for the chicken, and add the potato at the same time you would add the chicken

Mix up the vegetables! I love using baby bok choy, but I can’t always find it in the grocery store. Substitute baby spinach, zucchini, or another green vegetable. If you use a vegetable that cooks quickly, add it in the last couple of minutes so it doesn’t turn to mush

Thai Noodle Soup is definitely a keeper. With my dutch oven, I can make a big portion and have leftovers for a couple of days. It’s perfect for cold weather days, but also light enough that you can enjoy it all year long.

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Thai Noodle Soup, in serving bowl, topped with garnish

Thai Noodle Soup

Yield: 8 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Thai Noodle Soup is a bold and flavorful soup, easy to make and on the table in 30 minutes. Creamy coconut milk, with a kick of heat from red curry paste, creates the mouthwatering broth for the chicken and vegetables. Serve over your favorite rice noodles for a delicious meal.

Ingredients

GARNISH

Instructions

  1. Cut 1/2" off the white bulb end of the bok choy, and discard. Dice white stems into bite-sized pieces, rinse well and set aside. Next, roughly chop the green leaves, rinse well, and set aside separately
  2. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add rice noodles, turn off the heat and let soak for about 10 minutes to soften. Do not drain until ready to serve, or noodles will stick together and to the saucepan
  3. In a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, heat the oil. Add garlic and ginger and cook for 2 minutes. Add red curry paste and cook for 4 minutes. Stir regularly, to prevent curry paste from burning
  4. Add chicken pieces, stir to coat well, and cook for 5 minutes. Add white bok choy stems, and stir well to combine. Cook for 3 minutes. 
  5. Add the chicken or vegetable broth, coconut milk, and red bell peppers. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 2 minutes
  6. Add the bok choy leaves, and cook for 2 minutes, or until leaves are wilted
  7. Drain rice noodles and portion into bowls. Pour soup over noodles. Garnish with spring onion, cilantro, basil, red onion, and crushed peanuts. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the soup.

Notes

I prefer full fat coconut milk because it thickens the soup better. You can use lite coconut milk if you prefer.

I use chicken thighs, but you could certainly use chicken breast

BOK CHOY TIPS

  • The very end of the bok choy is very tough, so cut off 1/2" first
  • Make sure to rinse the bok choy well, because there will likely still be dirt in between the leaves
  • Don't add the leaves until the last few minutes, as it's delicate like baby spinach

DRY VS FRESH RICE NOODLES

  • Dry noodles: add to a pot of boiling water, turn off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Drain and serve
  • Fresh noodles: add to a pot of boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and serve

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 436Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 609mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 35g

Nutrient values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product availability and food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients, etc

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Meghan

Monday 25th of January 2021

Made this for dinner last night, it was great! Was too lazy toppings except some lime juice and it was still yummy! Can only imagine how good it is with the toppings!

Karyl

Monday 25th of January 2021

I'm so glad you loved it Megan! I get the lazy part, it happens to the best of us LOL. Thanks for stopping by :)

Kerri

Monday 5th of October 2020

This soup looks so cozy! Perfect. for a cool day! I love my dutch ovens as well. I feel like I could get rid of all the rest of my cookware and use those 99% of the time!

Natalie

Monday 5th of October 2020

This soup looks so delicious. I love the flavors and all the ingredients. It's so warming and comforting. Perfect dinner. I must give it a try. Thanks for the recipe!

Chandice Probst

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Oh my goodness I love that this is both dairy and gluten-free! My son and I appreciate it so much! And congrats on the magazine feature with it...

Beth

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

I love the flavors of Thai curries and can't wait to try this. I so agree with you that full fat coconut milk thickens the soup better and makes it taste so good!

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