I was feeling inspired to make something a little bit different, a little bit exotic this week. Earlier in the week I made beef stock because I had a huge bag of beef bones taking up space in my freezer. I threw in a meaty piece of beef shank for flavor and meat, and got the most gelling stock I’ve ever had in my entire life! My spoon could stand upright in it!
I thought that some red curry paste and coconut milk would go perfectly with the beef, along with butternut squash for sweetness and spinach for some color contrast. The red curry paste gives the soup a nice kick without being overly spicy, while the fish sauce and lime give it that distinctive Thai flavor. We really enjoyed this soup!
Thai Beef Coconut Soup
2 tablespoons oil (ghee/coconut oil)
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
2-3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste (start with 2 and add more if you want it spicier)
2 cups (approx.) diced butternut squash – about ½ inch dice
4 cups beef stock
1 can coconut milk
3 tablespoons fish sauce
4-5 button mushrooms, sliced
2-3 cups baby spinach leaves
3/4 lb flat iron steak, thinly sliced (*see note below)
1 large lime – juiced
1. Heat the oil in a large pot on medium heat.
2. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes or so until golden.
3. Add the ginger, garlic, curry paste and butternut squash. Mix to coat the butternut squash in the curry paste. Sauté for a couple minutes to bring out the aroma of the spices.
4. Add the beef stock, coconut milk, fish sauce and mushrooms. Bring to a simmer.
5. Simmer until the butternut squash is almost cooked (10-15 minutes), then add the spinach and beef and simmer for 5 minutes more (*see note below regarding the beef).
6. Add lime juice to taste.
7. Ladle into bowls and serve!
*I sliced the flat iron steak very thinly so it only needed 5 minutes to cook in the soup, and it was melt-in-your-mouth tender! To be able to slice it very thin, I put the meat in the freezer for about 20 minutes to get it semi-frozen. If you’re using thicker pieces of uncooked beef, add it to the soup earlier to give it more time to cook.
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