Anything-You-Have Coconut Curry Soup

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Well, well, well. Soak it all up, friends –> the glory that is this rainbow veg bowl of coconut curry soup which is turning my face into a permanent heart eyes emoji.

😍😍😍😍😍

Yesterday, when it was Sunday and I couldn’t think more than Weekend Thoughts, I drafted this post with this very non-descript name, thinking I would change it when I went to publish it because surely I’d get some more professional inspiration when the clock struck Monday morning.

But my professionally inspired brain is, how can I say this… taking a break? and I guess I’m actually officially going to call this the Anything-You-Have Coconut Curry Soup. 🙆 Are we all okay with that?

Here are my thoughts. You come home from work, you’ve had a long day, you’re Hungry with a capital H. You want to make one of the bajillion recipes from your Pinterest board, but you don’t have more than half of the ingredients for any of them. Driving to the grocery store is a distant dream at this point. I mean, really. AS IF.

Enter: the most beautiful vegetarian/vegan coconut curry soup bowl that really only requires two things from you at its most basic level: CURRY paste or powder of some sort, and COCONUT MILK.

How To Make Our Coconut Curry Soup (45 Sec):

Coconut Curry Soup - this easy recipe can be made with almost ANY vegetables you have on hand! Silky-smooth and full of flavor. Vegetarian and vegan! | pinchofyum.com

There are essentially two parts to this recipe.

Part one: the soup base, which is made from any number of delicious aromatics (onion, garlic, ginger) and curry (could be red or green paste – probably even powder, if you worked it right) and a good amount of creamy coconut milk. This flavorful coconut milk concoction is then pureed with some veggies, hopefully starchy ones like potatoes, so that you can have a luscious, silky-smooth texture for your simple coconut curry soup. But the beauty is that you can also use other veggies to puree – like eggplant, sweet potatoes, or carrots. Main idea: thicken the sauce by pureeing with veggies. 

Part two: the toppings. I can’t even go into it or we’ll be here for hours. But I chose tofu (crispy-caramelizingly-fried in a little splash of the coconut soup itself), cilantro, carrot noodles, and purple cabbage. And sriracha. Unpictured, but yes, always sriracha.

As if that weren’t enough choices, this can be made in the crockpot while you’re at work all day OR in a good ol’ soup pot over the stove.

SO MANY CHOICES. I’ll just give you a second to process.

…Time’s up because we need to discuss the magic that is a tofu press. 👇

Coconut Curry Soup - this easy recipe can be made with almost ANY vegetables you have on hand! Silky-smooth and full of flavor. Vegetarian and vegan! | pinchofyum.com

Really, how I came to be a person who owns a tofu press is a bit of a long story.

But in general it goes like this: I like to cook and eat meatless recipes, and I like to buy random gadgets on Amazon. Therefore, TOFU PRESS. The end.

While you make the soup, the handy little press will squeeze out all the water from the tofu all on its own – and there is no need for you to mess around with a whole entire roll of paper towels or get tofu water all over the place. EASY.

Getting all that water out helps reduce the tofu-mush-factor. Then, when you cook it, it will get golden brown and crispy on the outside and you’ll love it. Cutest little invention for $20 on Amazon – and it has a 5-star rating from 250 reviews.

Friends, don’t buy a tofu press if you don’t make a lot of tofu. But if your story is similar to mine (loves meatless and loves Amazon gadgetry), you might want to get on that train.

Coconut Curry Soup - this easy recipe can be made with almost ANY vegetables you have on hand! Silky-smooth and full of flavor. Vegetarian and vegan! | pinchofyum.com
Coconut Curry Soup - this easy recipe can be made with almost ANY vegetables you have on hand! Silky-smooth and full of flavor. Vegetarian and vegan! | pinchofyum.com

Okay, here’s the thing I’ve actually wanted to tell you the whole time but got a little distracted by the tofu press.

This soup is kind of like SOUP MEETS SALAD. Which sounds totally weird. And looks a little weird. You stir it all up and, just, it becomes something unusual looking. I can accept that.

But it’s not weird – it’s so, so good. It’s like an anything-you-have version of non-authentic pho. Like you know how with pho, they pile the soup high with sprouts and cilantro and almost make it into something of a Soup Salad? That’s what this is. I seriously LOVED eating it because it was part crunchy-healthy salad, and part comforting-cozy soup, and I could use different veggies and protein every time I made it. Lindsay is my name and soup+salad texture is my game.

Remember – anything you have. There are probably, like, five limitations to that rule in the whole universe, but generally speaking, you can work with what’s in your fridge right now (check out my notes in the recipe itself for specific ideas).

Just follow your common curry senses.

They are leading you straight home into the arms of a Soup-Salad bowl of Coconut Curry Soup.

Coconut Curry Soup - this easy recipe can be made with almost ANY vegetables you have on hand! Silky-smooth and full of flavor. Vegetarian and vegan! | pinchofyum.com
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Coconut Curry Soup in a bowl with tofu.

Anything-You-Have Coconut Curry Soup


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings (about 1 cup soup + lots of tofu and toppings per serving) 1x

Description

Coconut Curry Soup – this easy recipe can be made with almost ANY vegetables you have on hand! Silky-smooth and full of flavor. Vegetarian and vegan!


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 knob of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 12 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 12 tablespoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 12 baby yukon potatoes
  • 2 14-ounce cans coconut milk
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 24 ounces extra firm tofu
  • anything you have for fresh veggie toppings! see notes

Instructions

  1. PREP: Start smushing the tofu in that nifty TOFU PRESS. It’s amazing. (Or rig up some kind of system to press the water out of the tofu while you prepare the soup.)
  2. SIMMER SOUP: Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger, and stir fry for a few minutes until fragrant. Don’t let the garlic burn or brown. Add the curry paste, turmeric, salt, and sugar. Stir fry for another few minutes. Add the potatoes, coconut milk, and broth. Simmer until the potatoes are soft.
  3. BLEND SOUP: Allow to cool slightly (I can never wait very long…) then transfer to a blender and puree until smooth and silky. The soup should be rich and thick so that it coats the back of a spoon. Add in more water or broth (I think I ended up adding about 2-3 cups) to thin out the soup as needed.
  4. FRY TOFU: Remove the tofu from the press and cut into small pieces. In the same pot, heat a little more oil and add the tofu, stir frying until light golden brown. Pour in a small amount of the pureed soup – it will sizzle and pop, and it will also give the tofu the most wonderful color and caramelized exterior. Remove from heat with the tofu is deep golden brown and crispy.
  5. TOP AND SERVE: Top each serving of soup with fresh veggie toppings and crispy caramelized tofu and enjoy your luscious salad-meets-soup combo.

Notes

Toppings: green onions, cilantro, basil, red or green cabbage, asparagus, baby kale, carrots, zucchini shreds, bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, snap peas, bean sprouts… ANYTHING YOU HAVE.

(There is a short list of things that don’t sound like they would be awesome in this recipe, like tomatoes… and… I can’t think of any more, so that might be all. Use your best curry judgement.)

Regular or light coconut milk will work! Nutrition info is for light coconut milk. But regular is so, so good.

In place of potatoes, you could also use sweet potatoes, carrots, or eggplant.

I’ve also done this with green curry paste and it’s still great.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Thai-Inspired

Keywords: coconut curry soup, curry soup, tofu soup

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Ugh – it was really challenging to create an accurate nutrition label for this recipe because of the extreme variance between types of coconut milk and also the size of the potatoes. I’m posting the label that is the closest to accurate even though there are some known errors with the saturated fat amounts. If these numbers are important to you, you might want to re-calculate this based on your own ingredients, specifically your coconut milk and your potatoes.

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I had no idea that a TOFU PRESS even existed? I MEAN WHAT THE WHAT? The things you can get on Amazon BLOWS my mind!
    Just like this curry. If I had a life motto it would be coconut curry ALL the things…especially when I can put ANYTHING I have in it. Yes. Please.
    Pinned!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yum! Pureeing veggies into soups is one of my favorite tricks to thicken it, add flavor, and just get in extra veggies. Tofu added to grocery list and Tofu Press ordered 😀

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      Alicia5 Gutierrez-O'Reilly

      This is perfect! I’m the only person in my family who doesn’t eat meat, so adding in the proteins and veggies when serving is genius! We added chickpeas, cauliflower and sweet potato rice, peas, and sauteed chicken.






  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Love it! I can retire my stack of dictionaries enter: THE TOFU PRESS!! It’s Monday, I’m down for anything curry soup! Thanks sharing my friend! 🙂

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Honestly my mouth is watering especially after seeing the last picture of this post. I think I will make it very soon, since I can’t wait any longer. I am married into a South Indian family and South Indians use coconut a lot. In fact, every other day we make something or the other using coconut. So fresh coconut is something that is readily available at home and hence I should be able to make it very easily, or so I am hoping. 🙂

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Woah woah woaaaaahhhhhhh! I am DROOOLING over this recipe. I’ve always been a huge fan of (non-spicy) curry, but all the toppings are what really made me click on over from my Bloglovin’. There’s waaaaaayyy more than just a pinch of yum here 😉

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is my life! I am always hungry when I get home but never have everything I need for what I want to make. This sounds perfect and so yummy for fall!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    love this!!! It reminds me (kind of) of khao soi which does the yellow curry thing with vegetable toppings.. But there are also rice noodles involved. Love all your thai inspired meal!! Yum!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Yum! Sounds so good! I actually made a version of this with noodles, but it was a little too thick for me with the noodles AND the potato pureed into the broth. But you know I love me some noodles 😀

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry

    Tofu press?! I might have to jump on that bandwagon because I hate wasting a million paper towels just to get crispy tofu.

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    Brittany | Words Like Honeycomb

    Umm after just going through 34 select-a-size paper towels on my last tofu recipe…the time has come to bite the bullet and buy a tofu press…thanks for the push 😉
    Amd I happen to…surprise surprise…have everything I need to make this salad soup a reality in my own kitchen tonight…yay!! 😀

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    Jennifer Kolb

    So, two question:
    One: Can I use your curry paste recipe here and just omit the onions, garlic, and ginger?

    Two: can you tell me what kind of peeler you are using on your carrots? I totally need a new one.






    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      One: yes! That actually sounds just about perfect. I love you for that! Also just remembered I have some leftover curry paste in my freezer OMG what was I doing?! I could have made this way easier.

      Two: It’s called a y-peeler! I love it for noodley carrot shreds. But my normal peeler is Cutco brand and it’s awesome.

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is one of the most beautiful vegetarian/vegan coconut curry soup bowls I’ve seen!
    Though, I had no idea a tofu press even existed! I wish the same people would work on a taste-thru screen! 🙂

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I use Safari, so I just go from the Edit menu -> Emojis and Special Characters and voila! 🙂 Click the ones you want.

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    Susan

    This soup sounds absolutely amazing. I would probably add in a little chicken to make it acceptable to my husband, and to up the protein a little. Definitely something I want to make. You’ll probably make a soup eater out of me with this recipe (I am normally not a big fan of soup). 🙂

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is gorgeous, Lindsey! I love how versatile it is. We’re getting some chilly weather up here in Calgary right now so this sounds just about perfect.

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Those colors make me want to eat the soup right now. It looks fantastic and filling. I don’t have a tofu press, but when I need to press tofu I place it on a plate, place another plate on the tofu, and put some cans on top of the plate. Voila- pressed tofu at no extra charge.

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        Julie Tremblay

        This looks delicious! I only have regular potatoes on hand – how many do you think that would be? Thanks!