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Butternut Squash Soup With Asian Flavors

Don’t let the long list of ingredients turn you off! You might already have most of them in your pantry.
You can make it with any type of noodles, including spaghetti and ramen noodles (wheat noodles are more chewy and delicious). For a gluten-free version use rice noodles.
The soy milk also gives it a rich, creamy texture.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine: Asian-Inspired, Gluten-Free, Healthy, Vegan
Servings: 4
Author: Shelly

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup avocado or coconut oil
  • 1 large onion , peeled and chopped roughly
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped roughly
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped roughly
  • ½ butternut squash, peeled and chopped roughly
  • Handful green beans cut into 1-inch pieces – optional
  • 2 inch ginger, chopped roughly
  • 2 lemongrass stalks – beaten with a rolling pin, then cut into 1-inch pieces or a small handful Verbena lor lime leaves
  • 4 fresh curry leaves or 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder or fresh
  • ½ teaspoon Black pepper
  • Pinch of salt*
  • 2 heaping tablespoons tomato paste or 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 quarts vegetable stock or water
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce - optional
  • 1 cup soy or coconut milk
  • 1 small package of ramen noodles or any noodle of your choice
  • Handful cilantro - chopped finely - optional

Instructions

  • Warm the oil in a large heavy-bottom pot over medium heat. Add the vegetables, lemongrass and curry leaves and saute, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Add the spices, salt and tomato paste and stir.
  • Add the stock or water and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, until the liquid reduced and the vegetables are tender. Add the fish sauce, soy or coconut milk and continue to cook for 3 more minutes. Taste and correct seasoning.
  • Cook the noodles according the package instructions. Make sure to wash them in cold water to stop their cooking.
  • Strain the soup into another pot, then with a fork or tongs grab the vegetables and put them back in the soup. Bring the soup into a boil. Remove from the heat and serve in medium bowls. Add a handful of noodles and garnish with cilantro. You can add sriracha for spiciness.

Notes

  • add only a little bit of salt because you'll be adding fish sauce towards the end.