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Author Notes: I firmly believe that sick boyfriends need spicy Thai soup in order to feel better (and complain less). I mean, NyQuil usually does the trick too, but it certainly doesn't fill you up and make you happy quite like this pescatarian-friendly, delicious soup. it's perfect for sick people and/or cold nights in front of a fire.
The original recipe called for Thai ingredients that I didn't have access to, so I modified things accordingly.
Adapted from Eat, Live, Run: http://www.eatliverun.com/fire-pot-soup/ - Shea
- 1/4 pound dry rice noodles
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled & deveined
- 3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
- 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 14-oz can light coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 handful basil leaves, torn
- 1 stalk lemongrass
- 1 serrano pepper, pierced with a knife in several places
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 handful cilantro, chopped (optional)
- Soak the rice noodles in cold water according to the package instructions (typically about one hour prior to cooking).
- Heat the olive oil in a heavy saucepan or high-walled skillet over medium-high heat and cook the shrimp until just pink. Remove shrimp and set aside.
- Add the curry paste to the remaining olive oil and whisk to combine for 1-2 minutes. Slowly add the vegetable stock and coconut milk, whisking constantly.
- Add the fish sauce, brown sugar, basil, lemongrass and serrano pepper. Let simmer for five minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the rice noodles and let simmer for another 5 minutes. Four minutes in, add the shrimp.
- Remove the lemongrass and serrano pepper. Serve with chopped cilantro, if desired.