This Vegetable Coconut Curry Soup is rich, creamy, and packed with bold flavors and loaded with a ton veggies.
Hiya! How were your holidays?! Nothing short of wonderful, I hope. It was just Mr. HNN and I for Christmas and New Years Eve. I’m now in my final weeks of pregnancy so traveling long distances to see friends and family was pretty much out of the picture.
All-and-all it’s been a pretty easy pregnancy. I think staying active has really helped – I’m still regularly practicing yoga and able to hike 3 miles with the dogs. Sure, sleep has eluded me for the past month (no doubt preparing me for the days, weeks, and months of sleepless nights to come), but I’ve otherwise felt great! Now I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t pay for the ease of my pregnancy in labor and delivery!
So with less than 3 weeks to go, I’m trying to make amends for some of my more indulgent choices over the past month. A flavor-packed soup fully-loaded with amazing veggies is just what the doctor ordered (so to speak). There’s kale which is high in fiber, iron, calcium, contains powerful antioxidants, and an entire slew of other goodies for your body. Carrots, as I’m sure you know is a great source of beta-carotene; zucchini is high in omega-3 fatty acids; lentils are packed with protein, and turmeric is a known anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.
What’s even better than a bowl loaded with nutrient-rich awesomeness? The fact that it tastes amazing! No weak or boring flavors here! The coconut curry broth is jam-packed with bold and rich flavors, there’s certainly nothing shy about this soup! So you’re really getting the best of both worlds – a meal loaded with nutrients that doesn’t sacrifice an ounce flavor!
- 1 - 3 Thai chilies, seeded
- 8 garlic cloves
- 2 shallots, halved
- 1 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled
- ¼ cup cilantro, stems only
- 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 14-ounce cans unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1 large carrot, peeled and spiralized*
- 1 large zucchini, spiralized*
- 1 small bunch of kale, thick stems removed, leaves sliced
- ¼ cup red lentils
- a drizzle of chili oil (optional)
- half a small red onion, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- In a food processor, puree the Thai chilies, garlic, shallots, ginger, cilantro stems, turmeric, coriander, and curry powder. Add 2 tablespoons of water. Process into a paste, adding more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed.
- In a large sauce pan over medium heat, warm the vegetable oil. Add the curry paste you just made and cook for 4 - 6 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the coconut milk and chicken broth. Stir in the fish sauce and brown sugar; bring to a simmer. At this point I recommend pouring the coconut curry broth you just made through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl with a pour spout and then back into the saucepan. This is not necessary, but it does give you a nice smooth broth.
- Bring the broth back to a simmer and add the carrot 'noodles', zucchini 'noodles', kale, and lentils. Cover and allow to gently simmer for 10 - 15 minutes.
- Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with chili oil, red onion, cilantro leaves, and a lime wedge. Enjoy!
Mary Ann @ thebeachhousekitchen says
You look great Kathleen! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a quick and easy delivery! This soup looks sooo good. Such a great healthy option for the New Year!
Helen @ Scrummy Lane says
You look great, Kathleen, and our stomachs look pretty much the same size – funny, that!
I know what you mean about the sleep situation. Oh my goodness, the last couple of weeks or so have been awful, especially towards morning. I just can not get comfortable, and end up switching the light on and reading!
I wonder who will deliver first??! Or maybe we’ll go into labour on the same day – that would be fun!
The soup looks and sounds incredible. I most definitely need to lay off the sweet stuff a bit now. Goodness knows how long it’s going to take me to get back to my normal weight!
GiGi Eats Celebrities says
When I was in Cambodia last week… I ate ALL THE CURRY. ALL OF IT. I had never had curry before in my life… But hot damn, after that… I never wanna stop eating it!
Fida | Sweet and Savoury Pursuits says
You look wonderful and so does this soup! I love a good coconut broth soup, I’ll have to give this recipe a try soon.
Robyn Gleason says
Kathleen! You look so beautiful – so excited for you! Lots of fun and joy headed your way, friend.
And in the meantime, you’re rocking this soup. Wow – I don’t think I’ve seen such a gorgeous bowl of goodness. Clearly, you’re inspired. I need to taste this. Sharing! Best to you xoxo
Beeta Hashempour says
You look amazing, Kathleen! I was actually thinking of you and your pregnancy…you’ll be meeting your little one so soon! I hope you have as easy and pain-free of a delivery as possible. You make being pregnant look fantastic! 😉
You also make this soup look fantastic – looks so yummy and flavorful!
Sending you warm wishes this new year <3
karrie @ Tasty Ever After says
You look great Kathleen! Actually you look better than me and I’m not even pregnant! lol! Guess I ate too much over the holidays so I need this soup ASAP. All these flavors are my favorite so pinning this recipe and making it very soon 🙂
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
So glad you and the Mr had a wonderful holiday, girl! And can I just say you are so cute preggers! A baby bump looks great on you! 😉 I can’t believe you are only 3 weeks away! YAYYY! You must be so excited and I’m so excited for you guys! I will keep my fingers crossed that the labor is just as easy as your pregnancy! Now this soup, YUMMM! Love the veggies and the coconut curry in here! I could slurp this for days! Cheers! <3
This soup looks so vibrant and tasty! You look so wonderful 🙂
Bam's Kitchen says
Hi there Kathleen! So nice to see that bright smile of yours. You are in the home stretch now and wishing you an easy labor and a super healthy bundle of joy! You were reading my mind…after a month of holiday eating we are also back to healthy Asian cuisine to get us all back on track. Your soup looks so delicious and love that ingredient list! Shared!
Marissa (@pinchandswirl) says
I’ve been thinking about you, Kathleen. Knowing that you’re due this month. You look absolutely gorgeous! I loved that photo of you in downward dog with your pup next to you in ‘upside down dog’. 🙂
I can always count on you for mouthwatering soup recipes. This is just the kind of thing I’m craving during our recent frigid weather!
So looking forward to Baby Hapa Nom!! xo
Oh my goodness! You are adorable!! I can’t believe you’re in your final weeks… Where does the time go?! Hahaha! How wonderful that you continued with your yoga and hiking – that is amazing…and will only help to make your early days as a mama that much easier! And now about this soup: Amazing!! Love the flavors and colors, my friend! Thinking about you!!
Hey you look so cute! The final weeks are so exciting, but a little tiring since baby gets heavy! Can’t wait to see the little princess! This soup looks delicious! Perfect for the cold temperatures here!
This looks wonderful as do you! Wow, time flies. I remember when you mentioned here you were pregnant and here it is that your baby is near. With the rain we’ve been having lately I sure could use a bowl or two of this one. Beautiful photos too Kathleen. 🙂
Marisa @ All Our Way says
I love the colors of the soup and it sounds so flavorful. This is soup season for us. Will definitely make it. Happy weekend and I’m sure your delivery will go smoothly, you’re in great shape.
Pregnancy suits you. You look great! One my favorite things to eat is curry and soup is no exception. I need to make it more so I can’t wait to try this soup. Delicious recipe.
How exciting! Yep this soup looks like it would hit the spot perfectly. Congrats again, your tummy shot is too cute.