Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spicy Shrimp Noodle Soup

This is a recipe I got out of cooking light magazine a few years ago.  It is a yummy light soup that is low in calories and huge in flavors.  Neale and I both love this with a salad.

Spicy Shrimp Noodle Soup


4 cups unsalted beef broth (I use my homemade broth but store brought works too).
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. sambal oelek (chili sauce)
1 teas. fish sauce
1 teas. soy sauce
2 cinnamon sticks
1 8oz clam juice
 1 tbsp. minced ginger
1 star anise
 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 cups fresh shitake mushrooms
 4 ounces noodles - we use buckwheat but you can use rice or soba - any oriental noodle
1/2 bean sprouts - I like fresh but had to settle for canned this time
1/2 cup diagonally cut green onions
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
12 small fresh basil leaves
The juice of 1 lime

Combine first 10 ingredients in a large saucepan (through the star anise). Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Add mushrooms and simmer another 5. 

Add noodles and boil in the soup until soft.  Add shrimp, green onion, and bean sprouts, cook about 30 seconds and turn off heat. Discard the anise and the cinnamon sticks.  Add the cilantro, basil, and lime juice.  Serve.

 So since I am in the zone and cannot eat the noodles, I opted to add bok choy and wakame sea vegetables for carbs.  I added the those when I added the noodles to his Lordships. Mine looked like this:


  1. This looks delicious - The only drawback is that it is not light in sodium :). I'm going to make this weekend using veggies instead of noodles, as well. I'm sure the boy will love it.

    I did enjoy a bottle of white wine this week with dinners so not booze-less. Oh well. I am still working out and slimming down a bit, although my body is taking it's time about it. At least I can do 64 burbees. It's the small things, right?

    Love and hugs to you, my friend. Maybe I'll see you in April, although not for the concert. Alas, no vaca days so gave both tickets to Lizzy.

    1. You can lighten the sodium by using both a low sodium soy sauce and low sodium beef broth. Sorry to hear your not booze-less but get back on the wagon - you can still make the last week booze-less.

  2. Thanks for this delicious looking recipe. My goal is to make more soups, but the problem is, unless they have meat or noodles of some kind, they don't fill me up for any length of time.