Fall in the mid-Atlantic region is funny. We have a couple of perfectly crisp days in September, but summer temperatures often linger into October. Then, suddenly, the temperatures drop and it’s cold. Sure, 55 °F may not be cold to our family in Wisconsin or friends in Boston. But when it’s 80° one day and 55° the next, 55 is cold!
Once the weather snaps like that, I’m ready for steaming tea, cozy sweaters, and hearty soups. Isn’t everyone? This week’s recipe was inspired by that desire and by one of the seasonal soups now being served at Cosi.
I call it easy because I kept it super simple. You don’t need to buy pumpkins for roasting and you don’t need to scour the grocery store shelves for chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. We actually had everything in our pantry or fridge already! I hope you find it as simple to make and enjoyable to eat as we did.
Khao Soi is a delicious chicken soup, with history in Laos and northern Thailand. As you may have noticed recently, we’ve been in love with Thai food as an indulgent take-out choice over the past few months. Khao Soi translates to “cut rice” in Thai, but we decided to leave noodles out of this dish. We tried making this a few different ways, and noticed that the noodles increased “splash” factor (which increased 1000x every time I had on a white dress shirt), but didn’t add to the flavor. Our favorite method to add “noodles” was to use zoodles (like in our chicken zoodle soup)—right at the last few minutes of cooking so they would not be too soggy.
We think you’ll love this recipe as a change of pace for your soup routine. As the weather is cooling rapidly here, this spicy soup is fantastic for staying healthy (thanks, turmeric) and satisfied. We’ve mixed some of the traditional toppings from the Laotian and Thai versions, because pork rinds.
Let us know how you like this Khao Soi in the comments, and keep on cooking.
Creamed soups are a fairly regular staple in our house, ranging from mushroom soup to curried carrot soup. Even in warm weather, we enjoy the variety of a good soup. Growing up, the only cream of celery soup I could recall came from a Campbell’s soup can—and when it was used, it was part of a stew or casserole. That being said, I was curious if I could make a cream of celery soup that could stand on its own.
I’m happy to report that cream of celery soup is delicious. Heather was fine with me making this for part of another recipe (coming soon), but didn’t think it would have a lot of flavor. To my surprise, she was a big fan. We are adding this to the list of things she previously didn’t enjoy, including: brussels sprouts, asparagus, mushrooms, onions, and the list goes on.
Salmorejo is a cold tomato soup like gazpacho, but it is richer in flavor and more pinkish-orange in color because it is traditionally made by puréeing bread soaked in water with the tomatoes. Rather than learning to bake a paleo-friendly baguette, we decided to replace the bread with unsalted cashews.
Chicken soup is a staple meal that seems to exist in every culture, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to see that the Scottish also have a great, and unique, chicken soup–cock-a-leekie soup. Traditionally, it has been made with barley (or rice) rather than potato, but this substitution does not take away from the taste.
Known by some as Scotland’s national soup, cock-a-leekie soup may have roots in French cuisine. As far as I’m concerned, I could care less who came up with this great soup. It’s hearty, filling, and really easy to throw together. For now, this will take the place of our chicken noodle soup. At least, for a little while.