The origin of the recipe was inspired by an ailing spouse whom, I thought, would benefit from a nourishing warm soup that would help to naturally bolster his immune system and kick that funk right to the curb! There is nothing to feel guilty about this soup – right down to the fat I used (coconut oil). I’ve added several flavors that come together nicely, but if there is something that you think might rub you the wrong way, feel free to omit.
Serves Four to Six (depending on bowl size)
Time: 40 minutes Preparation
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 cups diced sweet potato
5 ounces sliced shiitake mushrooms
1 medium white onion, finely diced
5 cloves garlic, finely minced
5 stalks celery, diced
2 tablespoons ginger paste (if you can’t find ginger paste, fresh ginger works great…grate about an inch)
2 tablespoons lemongrass paste
8 cups low sodium chicken stock (or vegetable stock for non-meat eaters!)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 cups baby kale
Juice from one medium sized lemon
12 oz medium egg noodles
In a large heavy bottom pot (I used a Dutch oven), heat coconut oil over medium high heat. When hot, add, sweet potato, mushrooms, onion, garlic and celery. Stirring occasionally, cook for about five minutes, allowing vegetables to soften.
Next, add the ginger and lemongrass pastes and stir. Cook for about three minutes.
Add the chicken or vegetable stock. Stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add turmeric, stir add salt and pepper. Taste the stock for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Cover and cook on medium low heat for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, add the kale. Allow about a minute for kale to wilt. Again, taste for seasoning. Finally, add juice from lemon and give one final stir.
In a separate pot – cook the egg noodles until al dente. I cooked them for 8 minutes. These will be added to the soup and continue to cook – so underdoing is the way to go.
To serve – add enough noodles desired to each bowl – ladling hot soup over – enough to cover. If there are extra noodles – store separately from soup. Repeat the serving method for leftovers/reheating.
A great day for me is preparing great meals for friends and family. I enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and also updating classics that I've enjoyed for years. I love to travel and try lots of new cuisines - and wouldn't be anything without the love of my family!