Thai Peanut Soup

As we near the beginning of 2016 it's not feeling anymore like winter, but this Thai Peanut Soup is wonderful for all occasions, even if the weather can't decide if it is winter or spring.

Other Soup Wednesday Posts: Cauliflower + Hazelnut Soup with Fried SageUdon Soup with Poached Egg and Bok Choy;  Minestrone with Gnocchi; and Italian Wedding Soup with Veggie Balls.

Recipe from Soup Addict
-2 tablespoons peanut oil
-8 ounces mushrooms, stems removed, sliced
-1 cup diced sweet potatoes (peeled)
-1 small red bell pepper sliced 
-1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
-1 clove garlic
-1 tablespoon red curry paste
-1 teaspoon smoked paprika
-1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
-3 cups vegetable stock
-1 can (14 oz) coconut milk, well-shaken
-juice from one lime
-2 tablespoons soy sauce
-2 tablespoons brown sugar
-1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (optional)
-1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
-3 packs ramen noodles, discard the flavor packets.
-2 green onions, thinly sliced
-1/2 cup chopped peanuts

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium pot. Once hot add the mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and peppers and stir to mix. Cover, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the mushrooms have given off their liquid, and the sweet potato dices are soft.

Add the remaining tablespoon of oil then the ginger, garlic, curry paste, smoked paprika and turmeric to the oil and stir until it is fragrant.
Increase heat to medium-high, and pour in the stock and coconut milk and stir. Add the lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, and sesame oil. When the soup is almost boiling, reduce heat to medium-low.
Place the peanut butter in a heat-proof bowl, and add two ladles of the hot soup to it. Whisk until completely mixed, and add to the soup. Add the ramen to the soup, and cook for 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
Add half of the green onions to the soup and stir. To serve, ladle soup into bowls, and top with the remaining green onions and chopped peanuts.

This soup was really good. It might have been a little better with one less package of ramen noodles, I thought they kind of took over the soup. However, the flavors were wonderful, everything melded together nicely and it has a good amount of vegetables in it. The peanuts over the top help to add an additional texture, so don't skip them. 


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