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Brrrrr!!!! soup

October 19, 2011

Although we had temps in the eighties this weekend, suddenly it is FREEZING around here!!! As in, 48 degrees right now freezing.  This kind of weather used to be small potatoes when we lived in Pennsylvania (where it snowed on Halloween during our first year…fun), but I guess my blood has already warmed up to Southern living, because I’m freezing my ass off over here!

With the nip in the air, a hot, spicy soup sounded like just the thing for dinner tonight.  I cooked up this soup this afternoon because I’m going to a yoga class at 5:30 and just *knew* that if I didn’t make dinner beforehand, it would be scrambled eggs and toast for us.  I based this pretty loosely off of a Cooking Light recipe…but then basically ended up changing everything, so I’ll share my recipe with you here!

Brrrrrr Curry Soup


1 tbsp. coconut oil

1 large yellow onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 small red bell pepper, chopped into thin slices

1 cup sliced mushrooms

2 tbsp. soy sauce

2 tbsp. (give or take) red curry paste

1 tbsp. brown sugar

1/2 tsp. red curry powder (optional—for added heat)

4 cups vegetable broth

1.5 cup firm tofu, cut into cubes

1 can regular coconut milk

1 tbsp. minced ginger

juice from one lime

chopped cilantro (a lot or a little, depending on your taste)


Heat coconut oil in heavy-bottomed soup pot.  Add yellow onion and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, until beginning to turn golden.  Add garlic, cook for another five minutes.  Add remaining veggies and cook for another minute or two, then add soy sauce, curry paste, curry powder, and brown sugar.  Cook for 5-8 minutes.

Add vegetable broth, tofu, coconut milk, ginger, lime, and cilantro (reserve a bit of the cilantro to garnish freshly on the soup).  Eat HOT!

Here are some pictures of the process and final product:

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Mmmmm….SO good.  I cannot WAIT to dig into a bowl of this when I get home from yoga tonight.  Is there anything better than soup when the temps drop?

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Have a great one!

21 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2011 8:48 pm

    Girl – I’m freezing my butt off here too. If I wanted it this cold in Oct I’d move north LOL. Tonight chili is on the menu. This soup looks fantastic. Similar ingredients to a Thai Curry Veggie dish only in soup form. I must try this one!

  2. October 19, 2011 8:52 pm

    that soup looks and sounds perfect! love the coconut action going on!

    • October 19, 2011 8:59 pm

      Do you believe that this was the FIRST time I’d cooked with coconut oil?! I’ve had a big jar of it for about a year, just sitting in my pantry! I loved the smell it gave off as it was heating up in the pot!

      • Kristi permalink
        October 20, 2011 2:39 am

        Coconut oil makes great popcorn, especially in the microwave using a Demarle mold with the octagonal silpat as a cover. It is what makes theatre popcorn taste so sweet and good.

  3. October 19, 2011 9:43 pm

    Looks delicious! Perfect for cold weather 🙂

  4. October 19, 2011 10:33 pm

    This sounds heavenly! How amazing is coconut oil?! I cannot get enough of it when cooking shrimp, soups and tofu!

  5. October 19, 2011 11:24 pm

    I just had a thai/coconut flavored soup at a Bermese place last night that looked and sounds exactly like this. It was delicious so I bet this is too!

  6. October 20, 2011 12:27 am

    Gosh I love soup! I seriously could eat it every night! Great recipe. And the best part is definitely leftovers

  7. October 20, 2011 1:14 am

    ooooh you rock! this is identical to the one I whipped up last winter… but the soy sauce? hellooo genius!!!! I’m totally trying this! I based mine off a real simple recipe and made a zillion changes… so funny that we have the same tastes and came up with twin soups! hence why i heart your recipes — totally stuff i want in my kitchen/belly/face =) mwah!

  8. October 20, 2011 1:42 am

    Dang it was cold today! Freezing and wet…not a good combo! The soup sounds perfect and love the coconut oil in it too! Try to stay warm, although trust me, you will warm up soon enough when your blood really gets going!

  9. October 20, 2011 5:13 am

    Wow, this soup sounds perfect! Love the curry flavor combination and you can never go wrong with coconut oil, I must try it soon!

  10. October 20, 2011 11:01 am

    Love soup! It’s one of the many reasons I love Fall 🙂

  11. October 20, 2011 11:20 am

    Oh WOWOWOW! this sounds awesome! And, I don’t even like tofu. But I love curry and I LOVE soup! The only bad thing is that tofu + coconut would probably give me an upset stomach…but this soup might be worth it 🙂

  12. October 20, 2011 12:44 pm

    I am loving (LOVING) the fact that it is in the 40’s here in the morning. But I saw a weather report that says the upper 80’s are back next week….dang it! I want some COLD weather! And yes I realize I live in the completely wrong state to get my wish! ha!

  13. October 20, 2011 9:39 pm

    Did you plate this soup without eating it right away?!? So you could put the pics on the blog?

    • October 20, 2011 9:42 pm

      Yep 😉 And then poured the bowl right back into the pot. I’ve started doing that more now so that A) I can get good lighting for the photography and B) it prompts me to make dinner earlier in the day (as opposed to at night, when I’m more prone to just saying, Eh, pb&j sounds fine 🙂

      • October 21, 2011 2:46 pm

        You must have some good will-power. And dishes that go in the washer!

      • October 21, 2011 2:54 pm

        Ha, yes. 🙂

  14. October 20, 2011 11:49 pm

    That looks positively scrumptious!!! I love thai inspired food, especially when there is coconut involved! 🙂

  15. October 21, 2011 2:28 am

    I would LOVE some cold weather around here!! But nope, it’s supposed to be in the 80’s again this weekend. 😦

  16. October 21, 2011 2:31 am

    i like your food pictures and want to invite you to try out it’s for anyone that just wants another place to submit photos and share it will other foodies.

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