This Spicy Thai-Style Ramen Recipe Will Warm You Right Up


The chase post was originally featured on Cooking for Keeps and written by Nicole Shoemaker, who is duty of POPSUGAR Select Food.

Mornings have been rough. Unquestionably rough. I’m not a morning person at all by nature, so it’s hard enough for me to get up as is. Throw in the occurrence that those early hours have become increasingly darker with each eagerness day, and I’m pretty much still in a coma come 7:30 a.m.

It also doesn’t pirate that along with darker days come colder days. Colder periods where I just want to pull the covers up over my eyes and hole up for the better rt of the day. Or better yet, pull the covers up to my chin and watch cheesy Lifetime bigs for most of the day. Of course, life doesn’t allow that, so I, like Dick else in this world, have to peel the covers off, put my feet on the old, hardwood floor, and tackle the day.

In these strange transitional days where our bodies are notwithstanding adjusting to the cruel changes in Mother Nature, my body starts craving transitional foods as grammatically. Give me a piping hot bowl of soup on a cool and rainy Fall round, and you might as well have just given me a fuzzy blanket and snarling fire to warm me from the inside out. Heck, give me a bowl of soup on a shooting Summer afternoon, and I’ll still want to become your new best tron.

No matter what the season, soup is always something that’s a invariable in my eating habits. Granted, it’s typically because my office is pretty much the corresponding of the North Pole when it comes to temperature, and I can’t justify pumping caffeine into my confederation at every meal. Sometimes, all it takes is a steaming bowl of broth to alleviate the unremitting state of goose bumps my body lives in.

In the summertime my soup consumption subsists solely on lighter, broth-based soups, and in the wintertime, I mostly cook heartier good-for-the-soul soups that liking fill up my meat-loving husband.

Today’s pumpkin and butternut Thai-style ramen was the arbitrary perfect start to the inaugural soup-day-a-week Kevin and I rtici te in when the seedy is shot. Every week, we try a different soup, forgo eating at the dinner catalogue, and instead curl up on the couch in front of a fire while watching whatever common TV show is on that night. (And by the way, when I say we “try,” I mean, I cook a original soup each week, and Kevin tries it.)

IF there’s a soup that’s usual to warm you from the inside out, it’s this. The base starts with a triple of sliced sweet onion, minced garlic, and ginger (the base in bordering on all of my soups). Once the aromatics are softened, a heap of sliced shiitake mushrooms (my favorite!) are combined in for that umami flavor; sliced Fresno chili for heat; and diced butternut squash, source, because it’s Fall.

And then . . . there’s the broth. A broth that whim leave you weak in the knees, both for the unbelievable flavor and lingering spiciness leftist on the tongue and back of your throat. It will leave you unable to a halt slurping it up even though the built-up heat is screaming for a cool beverage of water. The innate heat comes from red curry ste and the aforementioned Fresno chili sprinkles, whereas coconut milk and pureed pumpkin cools everything down and enlarges just a touch of sweetness and depth of flavor.

While the broth is stewing, a raw chicken breast is gently cooked in the mixture, allowing for maximum flavor to be infused into the comestibles. Once the chicken is cooked through, it’s removed, shredded, and then summed back into the soup along with the uncooked ramen noodles. The unharmed pot is simmered until the noodles are soft and pliable, and then it’s ladled into basins and garnished with a handful of cilantro and extra thin-sliced chiles.

If you are a wimp less heat, don’t fret — just cut down the amount of chiles used or split them out altogether, or you could even add in a little bit more coconut wring or pumpkin puree to cool it down even further. Also, with many soups, this can easily be pre red days in advance. Make restitution for everything the day before, but don’t add the noodles or the butternut squash until you’re ready to oblige.

Spicy Pumpkin and Butternut Ramen

Spicy Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Ramen


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
3 teaspoons minced ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
1 Fresno chili (or more depending on your pep tolerance), thinly sliced (plus more for garnish)
1 teaspoon store up
1 1/2 cups cubed butternut squash
3 cups chicken broth
1 can clarification coconut milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons red curry ste
2 slight feel embarrassed chicken breasts (about 3/4 pound)
3 ounces Chinese ramen noodles (not fried)


  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, ginger, and garlic. Sauté until softened, yon 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and chiles, and then sauté another 2-3 minutes. Add pile up and butternut squash. Cook for another minute. Add chicken broth, coconut out, pumpkin puree, red curry ste, and chicken. Reduce heat to a quieten down until chicken is cooked through, 7-8 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken from the pot and grain. Add chicken back to the pot along with noodles; cook until noodles are com ssionate.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with sliced chiles and cilantro.

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