Carrot and Cilantro Noodle Soup 4.000

Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post

Dinner in Minutes Jul 25, 2017

This warm soup is light enough to enjoy even on a hot day. The choice of coconut milk is key here; we like using Aroy-D, which is creamy and well blended straight from the can.

Serve with steamed dumplings on the side, or garnish with a few slices of cooked chicken sausage.


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • One thumb-size piece fresh ginger root
  • 1 mild red chile pepper
  • 2 large carrots
  • 3 cups no-salt-added chicken broth, or more as needed
  • One 14-ounce can low-fat coconut milk, preferably Aroy-D brand
  • 8 ounces dried rice noodles
  • Leaves from 2 or 3 stems cilantro
  • 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil


Cut the garlic into thin slices. Peel the ginger, then cut it into matchsticks. Stem and seed the chile pepper, then cut it into thin strips. Scrub the carrots well, then cut into short, thin matchsticks.

Pour the broth into a deep saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, ginger and chile pepper; once the liquid comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 5 minutes, until the ginger softens a bit.

Stir in the coconut milk and rice noodles; cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the noodles are tender.

Increase the heat to medium-high. Stir in the carrots and cook for no more than 2 minutes; they should retain a little crunch.

Coarsely chop most of the cilantro leaves, leaving a few of them whole. Add the chopped cilantro to the saucepan. Cut the limes in half and squeeze their juice into the saucepan, then add the soy sauce and toasted sesame oil. Remove from the heat.

Divide among bowls, then garnish with the remaining whole cilantro leaves. Any noodles and leftover soup in the pot will thicken upon standing; you can add more broth and reheat briefly to loosen it up.

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Adapted from "Fresh: Simple, Delicious Recipes to Make You Feel Energized," by Donal Skehan (Sterling Epicure, 2017).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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